Wednesday, January 6, 2010
7 pm ET
Central Michigan (11-2) vs. Troy (9-3) (+4)
A nameless, side-by-side comparison of two quarterbacks. See if you can tell me which one is Tim Tebow and which one is Dan LeFevour:
QB #1: 9,285 passing yards, 66.4 completion percentage, 88 passing TD, 16 INT, 692 rushes, 2,847 yards, 4.4 ypc, 57 rush TD, 12,132 total yards, 145 total TD
QB #2: 12,510 passing yards, 66.6 completion percentage, 101 passing TD, 35 INT, 662 rushes, 2,936 yards, 4.4 ypc, 46 rush TD, 15,446 total yards, 147 total TD
If you said QB #1 is Tim Tebow, you’d be right. QB #2 is Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour, who doubles as the greatest dual-threat quarterback in college football history. He owns the career total touchdowns record, and obviously has more total yards and total TD’s than Tebow. Eat your hearts out, Florida fans. And, for the record, even if those Tebow stats don’t include the Sugar Bowl this year, LeFevour’s stats don’t include the GMAC bowl, so it’s still fair.
The GMAC bowl is LeFevour’s final college game, and, though the Chippewas won the MAC conference title, they best they can do is the GMAC bowl instead of somewhere a little nicer than Mobile, Alabama. At least it’s the only game of the night and is the night before the national championship, so everyone can see LeFevour go out with no other distractions.
Central Michigan’s team, however, will be dealing with a few distractions of their own. They’ve lost their head coach, Butch Jones, who moved on to Cincinnati. Not that I can blame him. It’s hard to top what he’s accomplished the last three years with LeFevour as his quarterback. It’s essentially the Urban Meyer thing on a smaller scale. Hell, at least Brian Kelly moved to Cincinnati when LeFevour was just a redshirt sophomore.
Troy isn’t a chump team, either. They won the Sun Belt conference and definitely can put points on the board. This creates the very real possibility of a fantastic shoot out Wednesday night that should be wildly entertaining.
Expect LeFevour and the Chippewas to play with passion and go out on a high note even though they’ve lost their coach.
It’s the end of an era in college football. The casual fans, and Florida fans, will remember it as the Tebow Era and think of all the great things he accomplished. But the connoisseurs of college football will always think of this time as the Dan LeFevour Era even though he was just a MAC quarterback in most people’s eyes.
Pick: Central Michigan