Dooley's Five vs. The Field


Coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide are going to be so good defensively they could be in New Orleans. (Photo by The Associated Press).

Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 10:13 p.m.

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There used to be this bet you could make a long time ago — Tiger Woods or the field? The safe bet was Tiger. That was before he had problems with his Achilles heel, and by that I'm not talking about an injury if you know what I mean.

But I digress. This is a Daily Football Fix, not a morals play.

So here's the bet. Winner gets a pat on the back and a warm smile since gambling is illegal at Bushwood.

I'll pick five teams in college football and give you the field and we'll see who wins the national championship.

Deal?

1. Alabama — I see reasons why they might not win it all, especially the quarterback position. But the Tide were not that far away from repeating last year. They played with that dreaded bull-eye all season and are going to be so good defensively they could be in New Orleans. With five picks I'm certainly not leaving Nick Saban out.

2. Oklahoma — I'm not sure I feel all the love that the national publications are feeling for Oklahoma because I'm not sure how good Landry Jones is. Oh, he's good, but I don't know if he's confetti good. Still, can't leave them out of the Fab Five.

3. LSU — Man, I like this team a lot except at quarterback and late in tight games. Those are the only reasons not to pen them into the title game. But Les Miles does seem to find a bizarre way to win those games.

4. Wisconsin — Look, the addition of Russell Wilson could put Wisky over the top. I like the Badgers' schedule, and they have all the other ingredients. You never know how the chemistry is going to be when an outsider walks through the door and into a leadership position.

5. Nebraska — Really good team with a really soft schedule. Husker fans are going to be wondering why they didn't join the Big 10ish a long time ago.

So there are my five. You get the field. See you in January.

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