Friday, January 9, 2009
I am very happy to see that Oklahoma will stay defeated in BCS games. That is not a misprint I said defeated, under Bobby Stoops the Sooners have not won the big game. The fact that the Sooners have been to nine BCS championship games is very impressive and the fact that they have yet to win is music to this writers ears. As you can tell I am not a huge Oklahoma fan my grandfather was a diehard Nebraska fan and the two schools are bitter rivals so I have grown up to hate the Sooners. I have to congratulate the Florida Gators on their incredible season, the fact that they were able to win two “National Championships” in three years is very impressive. The reason I put national champions in quotations is simply because I believe that the BCS system is still flawed. Even though everyone does not agree with the system two national championships in three seasons is an incredible accomplishment. This being said I think that teams such as USC, Utah, and Texas can also make a claim that they should be considered for the national championship as well. Getting back to the game here are some of the things that impressed me about the Gators……
Tim Tebow is an incredible quarterback so much so that the entire offense philosophy is completely built around him. He is so good in so many different areas of the game that he almost creates a different position. His ability to run the ball the way he does with such power is not typical of other quarterbacks, he is an excellent power runner who makes smart decisions. The offense is exciting to watch because it is like watching a spread option attack with a new twist. My favorite play that the Gators offense runs is a triple option of sorts in which Tebow and his running back run towards the outside shoulder of the tackle and the tight end stays in front of each of them. Tebow has the option of pitching the ball to his running back, throwing a shuffle pass to his tight end, or running the ball himself. The Gators have run this play all season long and no one can seem to stop it. I have to give the offensive staff of the Gators a tremendous amount of praise and respect for the offense and game plan that they were able to implement and run to perfection in a very exciting national championship game.
The Gators defense was also incredible as they were able to hold Oklahoma’s offense, one of the best in the history of college football to only 14 points. The Sooners came in with the Heisman trophy winner Sam Bradford who had an incredible season, and a host of offensive weapons that were very hard for other teams to stop. The Gators were able to stop Oklahoma’s offense with a relentless rush by their defensive linemen, and a very aggressive blitz package that forced the Florida defense to play a lot of tight coverage with their defensive backs. Florida had the athletes to compete with Oklahoma’s skill position players, this frustrated the Sooners and got them out of their comfort zone. The blitz package that was designed by the defensive staff of the Gators was excellent and kept Sam Bradford under constant pressure, thus taking him out of his comfort zone.
The special teams play of the Florida Gators is very impressive as there special teams units are statistically among the best in the country year after year. The Gators use starters from both offense and defense on special teams to gain a competitive advantage on their opponents. Urban Myer the head coach of Florida takes the responsibilities of special teams upon himself and tailors the game plan the way he wants. The Gators take great pride in special teams and it shows up in the win column. They were able to block a Oklahoma field goal that set the tone for the rest of the game. You could feel the wind being taken out of the Sooners sails as the Gators broke through and blocked the kick.
Above all of the highlights this game brought I hope that Tebow returns in a Florida uniform next year. With all of the negative publicity that gets reported about athletes causing trouble and getting arrested Tebow is a breath of fresh air as he sees the most important things he does as the things he does off the field. Tim Tebow is an athlete that is like no other college football player I have ever seen. He is an exceptional leader who truly and genuinely cares about his teammates and their success as much as his own. It is not very often that you see a team leader on offense go into the defensive huddle and get those guys fired up. Tebow does an exceptional amount of off the field work as he has traveled to several different countries and volunteered his time and services for children in different orphanages.