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BCS title game needs a gunslinger like Brandon Weeden

by Berry Tramel Published: November 6, 2011

It made us all clamor for an irresistible force/immovable object Big Bowl. Let us see what a big-time quarterback would do against the SEC sabertooths.

I know, I know, the SEC has eaten alive the likes of Sam Bradford and Troy Smith, Heisman winners both.

But it's not like the SEC has been toothless at QB in national title games. Three of the SEC's five straight national titles were won by Cam Newton, Tim Tebow and a Tebow/Chris Leak combo. Alabama's Greg McElroy won the 2009 title game only after Texas' Colt McCoy went down with a first-quarter injury.

And the '07 title game hardly was a battle royale of QBs: LSU's Matt Flynn and Ohio State's Todd Boeckman.

So none of the SEC's string of national championships was won with an inferior quarterback deficit. This one will have to be, unless the cosmos go crazy and there's an LSU-Bama rematch.

Of course, speaking of crazy cosmos, here in Oklahoma we get the mother of all heat waves in 2011, a Siberian snowstorm on Christmas Eve 2009, a 100-year flood in 2007. Ice storms that seem to come straight from the magic gun of Mister Freeze. And now a decent-sized earthquake?

And if earthquakes can rattle our walls and our college football dignitaries, why can't a team, like the Cowboys, use a hot-hand quarterback to finally stop the SEC's reign of terror?

Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at btramel@opubco.com. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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