Earlier tonight it was announced that the University of Florida will be the opponents of The Ohio State University in this season’s Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game to be played on January 8 in Glendale, Arizona. Thus, the game is a little over a month away. However, we here at The Voice of (un)Reason are determined to help you who will win the title right now, using a method which has virtually nothing to do with football. So here it is, the tale of the tape:
- Ohio State: Buckeyes
- Florida: Gators
- Edge: Florida. I don’t know about you, but to me, an alligator is quite a bit more fearsome than a tree.
- Ohio State: Columbus, Ohio
- Florida: Gainesville, Florida
- Edge: Florida. Fun in the sun wins over crime in the streets. Gainesville’s a college town with some other historical points of interest. Columbus is in the top 10 dangerous cities (of the 32 with a population of 500,000 or larger).
Shares the City With
- Ohio State: Columbus Blue Jackets, Columbus Destroyers, Columbus Crew, Columbus Clippers, the Palace Theatre.
- Florida: The Florida Museum of Natural History
- Edge: Ohio State. Lots more to do in Columbus, so long as you don’t get shot or robbed.
- Ohio State: The Horseshoe
- Florida: The Swamp
- Edge: Push. Two of the greatest fields in college football.
- Ohio State: Dotting the “i” in script “Ohio” before the game.
- Florida: “Chomping” your arms together in imitation of a ‘gator.
- Edge: Ohio State. It’s a pregame tradition that’s right up there with parachuting the game ball in at West Point or jumping to touch the banner at Ann Arbor. One of the neatest things in college football.
- Ohio State: 7 (1942, 1944, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 2002)
- Florida: 1 (1996)
- Edge: Ohio State. Though, in the more modern era of college football, each has only the one.
- Ohio State: “Buckeye Battle Cry”
- Florida: “Orange and Blue”
- Edge: Ohio State. Especially when you mix the “Buckeye Battle Cry” with the tradition of script “Ohio.”
- Ohio State: Silver helments with buckeye leave decal stickers on them, silver pants, and either red jerseys with white trim or white jerseys with red trim.
- Florida: Orange helmets with blue “Gators” in script on the side, white pants with orange striping, and either a blue or white jersey, both with orange highlights.
- Edge: Ohio State. Close one, as both are classics. However, slight edge to Ohio State, since their’s have a bit more history associated with them.
Famous Football Alumni
- Ohio State: Will Allen, David Boston, Cris Carter, Nate Clements, Na’il Diggs, Joey Galloway, Eddie George, Terry Glenn, Lou Groza, Dante Lavelli, Orlando Pace, Jim Parker, Chris Spielman, Jack Tatum, Tom Tupa, Mike Vrabel, Paul Warfield, Bill Willis, and Antoine Winfield.
- Florida: Neal Anderson, Cris Collinsworth, Jabar Gaffney, Chan Gailey, Rex Grossman, Ike Hilliard, Jevon Kearse, Mike Mularkey, Lito Sheppard, Emmitt Smith, Steve Spurrier, Fred Taylor, Danny Wuerffel, and Jack Youngblood.
- Edge: Ohio State. Some big names on both sides, but a little more history on the Buckeyes’ side of things.
- The Buckeyes and the Gators have never met before in football.
- Edge: The Fans. One less stat we’ll have to here dissected repeatedly over the next month.
Number of Quarterbacks in Use
- Ohio State: One
- Florida: Two
- Edge: Ohio State. Troy Smith is probably better than Chris Leak and Tim Tebow combined.
Distance from Glendale
- Ohio State: 1,920 miles
- Florida: 2,042 miles
- Edge: Push. A difference of only 122 miles. The travel time should be almost identical, and it shouldn’t be tough to get a direct flight from either Orlando or Cincinnati to Phoenix.
So, there you have it. One month in advance, it is very clear that the winner of the National Championship Game will be…
The Rose Bowl! Now that they’ve got Michigan vs. Southern California, they have an old school, tradition-filled matchup that to a number of football fans out there is likely to be just as interesting as the national title game.
Some random links from the past couple days:
Columbia Journalism Students Cheat on Ethics Test – Oh, the irony.
Louisiana Governor Lobbies for BCS Berth – Well, the Tigers did get their BCS berth in the Sugar Bowl. But, something tells me it was probably more because of their football than the state’s governor. Furthermore, doesn’t the governor of a state whose major city is still in ruin from a natural disaster have bigger things to worry about than post-season football?
Santa Not Allowed on Maine Beer Labels – A welcome stand (even if it’s a relatively minor one) against the over-commercialization of Christmas.
94-Year-Old Blind Woman Bowls 244 – Great story, even if it’s a little depressing that I’ve only hit that mark a couple times and my vision is perfectly fine.
Porta-Potty Stolen – Why? Just… why? I mean… why?