Tonight on the way home, Jay Mohr, a new sports-talk radio show host in the Fox evening lineup made some comments indicating the outcome of tonight’s Sugar Bowl. He claimed the score of tonight’s game would be 56-2. He then said it would be 56-3 because there’s no way they could get a safety on Florida.
What a douchebag. I already don’t like the guy, but there’s a reason they play games instead of talking about them.
Tonight, Louisville thoroughly dominated the Gators, winning by 10 points in a game that really wasn’t that close. First offensive play of the game for the Gators resulted in not a safety, but a touchdown. At one point in the 4th quarter, Louisville led 33-10. The Gators didn’t look super enthusiastic about this game, and they certainly didn’t look like a team in the hunt for a national title until the last week before the SEC Championship Game.
Louisville is going to the Atlantic Coast Conference. I do notice something interesting about football teams going into that conference. They become bad, or at best, mediocre. Florida State used to compete for national titles. So did Miami. Virginia Tech used to be a powerhouse. While the conference has enlarged…and even has Notre Dame on the periphery, playing at least five ACC games a season now, the quality of its football programs has slowly degraded.
I went to an ACC school, now a Big Ten school. I can tell you, from having gone to that school and met transfer students and professors from other ACC schools, that conference has schools with strict academic standards. I think virtually every school in the ACC (with the inbound exception of Louisville) is in the Top 101 of the US News and World Report “National University Rankings.” Its no surprise the ACC is not a great football conference. In that same light, the Big Ten has strict academic standards as well. Um, they aren’t that great at college football anymore either.
Anyway, the ACC is a conference with great marketers, lawyers and political connections. They now stretch out along the entire East Coast, from Massachusetts to Florida, in to Indiana and Kentucky. The ACC is going to force Maryland to pay that $50 million exit fee, just to keep them. Maryland made a mistake. They have to get better at football and compete for revenue to make more money. That’s the bottom line.