There were two other teams with spotless records playing in BCS games, but the winner only stood a snowball’s chance in hell of winning at least a share of the title. Undefeated teams Boise State and Texas Christian faced each other in the Fiesta Bowl. Two Texas teams would lose in BCS games proving that you can indeed mess with Texas and get away with it.
This would also be Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s last season as he would take his act and “TebowTime” to the Denver Broncos, creating a cultural phenomenon. 2009 would also see the end of another Florida legend, Coach Bobby Bowden of Florida State. The good old folks at Florida State ran him out on a rail. All he did was win 304 games and a couple of national championships. His final 2009 team wasn’t good enough to make the Top 5, but it is worth mentioning. Here’s a look at the teams that did make the Top 5 College Football Teams of 2009.
5 Texas (13-1)
4 Ohio State (11-2)
3 Florida (13-1)
2 Boise State (14-0)
1 Alabama (14-0)
Texas Christian (12-1)
No one had heard from TCU since it played in the once powerful and always corrupt Southwestern Conference years ago. Now playing in the Mountain West Conference, the Horned Frogs started putting together what would be a top-notch program for years to come with a decent showing in a loss to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl.TCU was ranked as high as third at the end of the regular season, and a loss by Alabama or Texas and it could have been TCU crashing the BCS party and playing for the championship. But it was not to be the Horned Frogs finished the season by winning the Mountain West Conference and finished sixth in the BCS standings.
The Hawkeyes had a solid season and was impressive its 24-14 in against ninth ranked Georgia Tech in the BCS Orange Bowl game. Too bad the Hawkeyes had to play their bowl game against some slob from the lousy Atlantic Coast Conference. Had it been against a team not from a basketball conference and someone more worthy, the Hawkeyes could have been ranked higher. That and the two consecutive regular season losses to Northwestern and Ohio State pretty much did them in.
The Bearcats were just great! Before taking off for greener pastures to coach at Notre Dame, Brian Kelly had this team undefeated and ready to make some noise on the national scene. It was the best season in the team’s 125-year history. Cincinnati finished the regular season with an all-time high BCS ranking of fourth. But Tebow and the Florida Gators quieted them down and reminded Kelly and Cincinnati that they too played in a basketball conference in the Big East and not a football conference. The Bearcats just couldn’t stop Florida and “Tebow Time” in a 51-24 rout in the Sugar Bowl.
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