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Capital One Bowl in 16 Seconds or Less

The Capital One Bowl in 16 seconds or less: like those who witnessed Alabama’s one-sided mauling of Michigan State, freshman M.S.U. tight end Andrew Gleichert couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. From leaps to bounds, the Crimson Tide dictated what we’ve know all along — when it comes to head-to-head play, the Big Ten can’t quite hang with the SEC. How good was Alabama on Saturday? Good enough to make the following statement: if we had a 16-team playoff — and Alabama made the cut — it would be tough to not see that Capital One Bowl performance being good enough, dominating enough to best any team in the country, Auburn and Oregon included. I can dream, can’t I?

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  1. Dave says:

    Was ‘Bama that good? Or was Michigan State – and by extension, the rest of the Big 10 – just completely overrated this year? Unless tOSU pulls it out against Arkansas tomorrow in a major way, I think we can all agree that at least the latter is true…

  2. DMK says:

    I watched Alabama’s games against San Jose St., Duke and Georgia St., and they went about the same as the Mich. St. game, except Bama didn’t shy away from big hits in this one. The score could have been 80-0 if Alabama had wanted it to be.

    So, Bama’s pretty good, MichSt. was overrated, the SEC is better than the Big 10 (all things we knew before the game!), but a slaughter like that points to something more than a gap in on-field talent. Coaching, character, attitude, New Year’s eve festivities?

  3. Dave says:

    I find it hard to believe Dantonio wouldn’t have his team mentally and emotionally prepared for a game like this. It was a chance to show that 1-loss record wasn’t a fluke, in front of a national audience in a big-time New Years’ Day bowl. You would think if either team was going to be ‘disinterested,’ it would be ‘Bama, which knew it could have been playing for another title.

    At the risk of beating a long-dead horse, I would submit that this was nothing more or less than another Big 10 team unable to match the speed and ferocity of a top SEC team…

  4. M Meyer says:

    Can Ohio State and Michigan State please stop playing SEC teams in bowl games? Yeesh. They always lose. I have no high hopes for Tressel against Arkansas either. It’s bad when the only Big-Ten bowl wins are an Iowa team that imploded at the end of the season, and Ron Zook’s Illini.

    IMaybe they should let the Hawkeyes play the State of Michigan’s bowl games for them. Couldn’t do worse.

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