Before the game, I thought that the Gators would win. After the second quarter, I wasn’t sure anymore. Oklahoma ran the ball at will on Florida, and it looked like the Sooner offense was going to roll over the Gators for the rest of the game. After the half, however, Florida made adjustments and made the plays they needed to make. It was a great game.
Notable points about the championship game:
1. Tim Tebow is a rare player and leader. He is surrounded by talented teammates (not the least of which is Percy Harvin), but he literally willed his team into this game and on to victory. Tebow is a rare talent, and we won’t soon see the likes of him again in college football.
2. Oklahoma averaged 54 points a game this year, yet Florida held them to 14 tonight. While the Florida defense played great, they were helped along by a few untimely chokes by Oklahoma.
3. Oklahoma could have scored 28 points in the first half, but instead only scored 7. They had two failed attempts in the red zone, and a pass that went to the 5 yard line that was called back because of a holding penalty. The game would have been entirely different if they would have capitalized on those opportunities to score.
4. The debate goes on as to who should be the national champion. USC, Utah, and Texas all have an argument to make. At the end of the day, however, it’s a shame that it comes down to computers and arguments. Division 1A College Football needs a playoff. Who wouldn’t want to see Florida versus USC at this point? That being said, Florida is the BCS national champion, and I think they deserve the title.
Of course, we have to acknowledge Florida’s loss to Ole Miss and Tim Tebow’s post-game speech. That speech defined the remainder of Florida’s season, and it was the renewal of their championship aspirations. Here it is one more time.
Here’s ESPN’s video recap of the game: