A week ago I wrote that “the Bulldogs will be lucky if they don’t lose by more than 21 points.”
Ok, so I guess I was a little off on my prediction about the annual clash between the Gators and Bulldogs in Jacksonville. The Dawgs lost instead by 39 points.
Now will the cabal that controls the major football polls do the right thing and make Florida the number one team in the nation?
There should be no more debate, no more discussion, no more dwelling on a one-point loss to a pretty decent Ole Miss team earlier this season. The Gators are playing the best football in the nation. Since the loss to the Rebels, the Gators have now outscored four opponents – all of whom play in the SEC – 201-43. Wow! And on Saturday, once again the Gators were dominant, especially on defense, battering Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford and picking him off three times, and bringing one of the interceptions back 88 yards to set up a Tim Tebow score.
And as CBS analyst Gary Danielson noted, Tebow is playing better this year than he did a year ago during his Heisman Trophy season. I can’t argue with that. Tebow scored a whopping five touchdowns on Saturday, three on the ground and two through the air. Still Tebow was responsible for a respectable, but not gaudy 10-13 for 154 yards and 39 yards rushing. In other words, he is doing what it takes to win, not what it takes to roll up big stats and win another trophy.
The fact that Florida is not even in the top five of the BCS standings right now is a royal travesty that I would hope will soon be changed, especially since there were three teams ahead of Florida who already had one loss. Georgia was of course ranked 5th in the BCS standings despite getting beat decisively by Alabama. And No. 1 Texas was knocked down by Texas Tech in a great game on Saturday night.
Barring some miraculous upset in the closing weeks of the season, Florida will be playing Bama for the Southeastern Conference championship in Atlanta. The two biggest tests this month will be the Gators trip next week to Nashville for a nationally-televised clash with Vanderbilt, followed at the end of the month with a visit to Tallahassee to play Florida State. South Carolina and the ole ball coach Steve Spurrier will drop in on the Swamp on Nov. 15, but right now the Gamecocks just don’t have enough offense to keep up with the Gators.
If UF wins out the rest of the season, the Gators should be handed a gold-plated invitation to play in the BCS Championship Game in South Florida. No team, and I mean no team, including Penn State or USC will have had to play as tough as schedule. I wish I had faith in the sophisticated whizz-bang computers and polls that now determine the rankings, but I don’t. Because in the end the BCS Championship is determined by a few hundred people acting subjectively instead of deciding the thing on the field.
The Gators instead are proving it on the field with blowout wins over LSU and Georgia, with Alabama soon to follow. They are the best team in the nation right now. Period. End of story.
P.S. If you want your invitation to watch the BCS championship game, just go to www.FLSportsFan.com and enter the BCS ticket giveaway for a pair of tickets on the 50-yard line. It’s pretty easy and its open to any Florida resident 18 years and older.