In my opinion, yesterday's games re-affirmed that the tried and true formula of 'Tressel-ball" is still a successful one.
--Two very good offenses in Florida and Texas were completely shut down by great defenses.
--Alabama and Nebraska completely controlled the tempo of those games. Alabama ran the ball up and down the field and forced Florida out of their preferred style of play. Yes, McElroy played very well. But he only threw 18 passes --and most of those were playaction and screen passes. Everything Alabama does is set up by a dominant zone run game.
--Alabama played disciplined defense, controlled the LOS, and soundly defended Florida's option game. Florida became entirely dependent on Tebow to run the ball and could not establish anything.
--Nebraska dominated Texas defensively. Texas has not had a consistent run game since Vince Young left. Nebraska pinned their ears back and Texas had no answer. If Nebraska had a) any semblance of a run game or b) didn't make special team mistakes they win that game.
--I think yesterday's results should make OSU fans feel very good going into the Rosebowl, as that will be another example of a defensive-oriented team facing down an offensive-oriented team.