BCS National Championship: What they’re writing

Oklahoman Modified: January 8, 2009 at 12:21 am •  Published: January 8, 2009
A quick look at what writers across the country have to say about tonight’s game:

"Florida and Oklahoma will tussle to determine a national champion in Miami Thursday night, but one thing already has been determined: They represent the two most powerful conferences in the country. The Southeastern Conference and Big 12 have taken over college football … in the short term, and perhaps in the long term as well. With the exception of occasional incursions by USC and Ohio State, the two leagues own the joint.”

— ESPN.com columnist Pat Forde

"The Sooners led the nation in scoring by averaging 54 points per game. They set an NCAA record with 702 points (97 touchdowns, 8 field goals). Only two teams held Oklahoma to less than 40 points this season. TCU had the nation’s No. 2 defense and Oklahoma beat the Horned Frogs 35-10. Texas held Oklahoma to 35 and scored 45 to win in Dallas back on Oct. 11. I think the magic number for Florida is 31. If Florida can hold Oklahoma to 31, it can score enough points to win against a Sooner defense that was No. 58 nationally (24.5 ppg).”

— Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"It would be presumptuous to start throwing around ‘greatest’ and ‘best-ever’ tags about 12-1 Oklahoma’s offense prior to its toughest test of the season Thursday night against 12-1 Florida, but there’s little question these Sooners have produced one of the most prolific attacks in recent memory.”

— CNNSI.com columnist Stewart Mandel

Compiled by Jake Trotter

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