Maverick Maniac's Musings

January 7, 2008

National Championship Preview

Filed under: College Sports,Football — Jon Green @ 10:38 pm

So the big day is here… we finally get to decide who is #1 (yea right).  Ohio State vs. LSU for all the marbles.  The obvious choice in this game is LSU.  As much as Les Miles’ statement about LSU being the only team to not lose in regulation is stupid, it’s also true.  They played every team right to the end, losing two 3 OT games.  Ohio State on the other hand got beat at home by Illinois, and it wasn’t all that close.

Ohio State’s offense doesn’t jump out and scare you, but they get the job done.  LSU’s seems a little more potent however.  As far as defenses go, statistically no one is better than Ohio State.  But LSU probably has more talent.   Bo Pelini’s ability to ready this defense for this game and game plan could be key.

LSU may be healthy for the first time in forever, and Ohio State is coming off a 51 day layoff.  Don’t neglect the impact of these two facts.

I don’t think Ohio State has played a team like LSU this year.  LSU is much quicker than the average Big 10 team.  I don’t think the Big 10 is all that great, and I think Ohio State was fortunate to be in that league and played an easy non conference schedule.  LSU is battle tested and proven, despite the two losses they still knocked off Va Tech, Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.     All ranked in the top 25 at the time.  Ohio State beat Purdue, Michigan and Penn State.    Give the nod to LSU.

I don’t expect a great game, but I hope I’m wrong.  I’m taking LSU to win 31-10.

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