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Topic: Who would have won the 1990 CFP?

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OrangeAfroMan

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Who would have won the 1990 CFP?
« on: January 05, 2019, 01:29:08 AM »
Imagine it's December 4th, 1990.  The regular season has just ended and these are the 4 teams in the college football playoff.  Who ya got????
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#1 Colorado, 10-1-1, Big 8 Champions
20th in scoring offense
22nd in scoring defense
2nd in strength of schedule
Preseason #5, fell to as low as 20th, beginning the year 1-1-1 before reeling off 9 straight wins.  The Buffs played six ranked teams, going 4-1-1.  Only loss was by 1 point to #22 Illinois.  Biggest win was @ #3 Nebraska by 15 points.  Option offense led by QB Hagan. RB Bieniemy rushed for 1600 yards.  WR Mike Pritchard rushed for over 500 and caught 700+.  Defense picked off 18 passes.  Nation's best punt returner, but FG kicker only connected on 64% of his kicks.
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#2 Georgia Tech, 10-0-1, ACC Champions
17th in scoring offense
10th in scoring defense
28th in strength of schedule
Began the year unranked, but didn't lose a game all year.  Only blemish was to an average UNC team.  Beat all 3 ranked opponents on the year, including @ #1 Virginia, by 3.  Held five opponents to under ten points.  Offense scored 40+ in four of their last five games.  QB Jones wasn't a great passer, but an effective scrambler and RB Bell had 900 yards.  Defense picked off 24 passes.  Good kick returner, but poor kicking game (K & P).  
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#3 Texas, 10-1, SWC Champions
24th in scoring offense
31st in scoring defense
11th in strength of schedule
Began season unranked, splitting games @ #21 Penn State (win) and vs #20 Colorado (loss) before winning last 9 games of season.  Loss to CU was by 9 points in the second game of the season.  Big wins over #4 OU (by 1) and #3 Houston (by 21) helped the Horns jump up in the polls.  Offense was varied, some passing some option.  QB Gardere was a scrambling, game-manager type.  UT averaged 200 yards rushing per game, split among 3 main RBs.  Nearly all their passing TDs went to the Cash brothers.  Good kicking game (80% FGs, 43 punting avg).
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#4 Miami, 9-2, Independent
6th in scoring offense
9th in scoring defense
6th in strength of schedule
Preseason #1 began year with surprising loss @ #16 BYU and also lost midseason @ #6 ND.  Only played one other ranked team, but beat #2 FSU by 9.  As usual, the Canes combined a big passing offense and a tough run defense.  QB Erickson averaged 300+ yards passing per game, with the running game chipping in 150+, with RBs McGuire and Conley sharing duties.  WR trio of Hill, Carroll, and Thomas all had impressive yards per catch averages.  Defense wasn't especially ball-hawking, but did limit teams to under 80 yards rushing per game.  Good returner in Kevin Williams and reliable kicker Huerta.
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Award-Winning Players Involved:
LB Alfred Williams, Colorado (Butkus Award, All-American)
DT Russell Maryland, Miami (Outland Trophy, AA)
QB Craig Erickson, Miami (Unitas Award)
HC Bobby Ross, GA Tech (Coach of the Year)
RB Eric Bieniemy, Colorado (AA)
OL Joe Garten, Colorado (AA)
LB Maurice Crum, Miami (AA)
S  Ken Swilling, GA Tech (AA)
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1 Colorado vs 4 Miami
2 Georgia Tech vs 3 Texas
What say you?
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Re: Who would have won the 1990 CFP?
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2019, 12:38:19 PM »
Man I loved the Cash twins, they were something special.

Miami seemed a little uneven throughout the season, but they put together an epic ass-whipping of the Longhorns in the Cotton Bowl.  46-3 and it wasn't even THAT close.  They could have scored 80 if they hadn't gotten bored (and they also crippled their field position with 200+ yards of penalties, most of them personal fouls and unsportsmanlike conduct, and this was even before the taunting rule was created.  In fact, that particular game was one of the primary drivers of the taunting rule being created).

Texas played Colorado pretty close early in the season, and I've just never been able to buy in to Georgia Tech that year.  

So I picked Miami.  

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Re: Who would have won the 1990 CFP?
« Reply #2 on: January 05, 2019, 01:28:29 PM »
Canes over the Wreck

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Re: Who would have won the 1990 CFP?
« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2019, 06:27:05 PM »
I chose Miami as well.  But I have to ask - could the masses have handled a 2-loss national champion back in 1990?  I feel like they'd freak out and blow up whatever system was in place (for this exercise, the 4-team playoff).
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I feel like Tech was good enough to meander and navigate through and just win games, maybe like a recent Iowa or Wisconsin-type team.  But if it came up a team with a decent talent advantage (like a Miami), they'd get stomped.  
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Re: Who would have won the 1990 CFP?
« Reply #4 on: January 05, 2019, 10:56:01 PM »
Hard to say. That was the 5th and goal year too. Don't think Colorado matches up well w/ Miami but Colorado played their best against good teams. Plus ND was really good and may have been the most talented team in the nation. 

Doubt Texas would have won this, lost to CU and Miami. GT unsure, I remember them having a great pass D. Shame they didn't get a better bowl game. 

Will take CU, just because they were fun in 1990. 

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Re: Who would have won the 1990 CFP?
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2019, 08:54:53 PM »
I chose Miami as well.  But I have to ask - could the masses have handled a 2-loss national champion back in 1990?  
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