BCS National Championship: Preview and Prediction
|2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game: Preview and Prediction|
|BCS Bowl Game.|
BCS Championship logo
|Date||January 8, 2009|
|Location||Miami Gardens, Florida|
|Favorite||Florida by 4|
|Payout||US$17,500,000 per team to each conference|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis|
Florida Gators vs Oklahoma Sooners
2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game Preview
This matchup has everything that a fan dreams of watching in a 2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game. The Oklahoma Sooners feature the nations most prolific offense ever, setting records in touchdowns (97) and points (702) this season. They have multiple threats at the wide receiver position and a Heisman winning quarterback Sam Bradford that gets the ball down the field quickly and efficiently. Sam Bradford has been the nations best passer this season, leading the country with a passing efficiency of 186.3.
The Sooners can also run the ball well, they have two backs that gained more than 1000 yards on the ground this year, however, DeMarco Murray will miss the game due to a ruptured hamstring. That means there will be alot of pressure on Chris Brown, the junior back had 1110 yards and 20 touchdowns, numbers that the Gators will surely be prepared for.
The Florida Gators have been the nations most consistent team this season, beating up on opponents with their only loss coming to the Ole Miss Rebels in the swamp. That loss is well behind the Gators, after their impressive win in the SEC title game against then No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, they assured themselves a spot in the Championship Game.
TIm Tebow was sensational in that game and has been all season, his leadership qualities is evident in the players around him, his teammates elevate their game to another level when he is under center. The Gators will need Tebow to be at his best as they contend with an offense that has not been contained all season.
The x-factor in this game will be the Gators defense, a unit which creates turnovers which lead to scores will need to make some plays in order to get Sam Bradford off his game. The key will be pressure up front, if the Gators can create a pass rush that gets Sam moving from right to left and unable to plant when he throws, the deep ball will be less effective.
The game will be played at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, Florida, the Gators should have the edge in fan support. The Florida fans will be glad to have Percy Harvin back in the lineup, the double threat running back missed the SEC title game with a sprained ankle but should be 100% healthy for this game.
2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game Prediction
Both offenses are explosive, but they do it in different ways. The Gators use the Urban Meyer system, a method of offense that worked so well at the University of Utah, has carried over well with the Florida Gators.
The centerpiece of the Gators offense revolves around the quarterback as he makes decisions on every play. The Sooners move the ball down the field in big chunks, they are constantly searching out the deep ball, with their organized, no-huddle offense they keep the pressure on the opposing defense.
The difference in this bowl game like most of the bowl games will be defense, whichever defense can contain the opposition best should win the game.
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2009 FedEx BCS National Championship Game Pick
Parlay Oklahoma Sooners +5 and the Over 69.5