The only matchup that matters is Florida's D-line vs. OSU's O-line...if they can't get consistent pressure on Troy Smith and their running game, they will get gashed over and over like everybody else. Florida can't win this game in a shootout. They also will need every turnover to go their way. Possible? yes...but I wouldn't put it close to 50/50.
Oh and I bet OSU won't be ready for Tebow when he comes in...since the plays he runs are always so diverse. Tebow up the middle. Tebow up the middle. Tebow off-tackle. Tebow up the middle. Tebow fakes up the middle, then passes. Tebow up the middle.
Tebow might have a good run or two, but will generally be a non-factor. Urban Meyer is not stupid enough to hand over the controls in a national title game to a freshman over a 4-year starter. Florida playing lights-out D is the only way they win.
Florida fans need to take off their blinders, acknowledge they are playing a better team, and root for their boys to pull off the upset.
You're are so right. I guess every other defensive coordinator just failed to realize that irt was so easy to stop Tebow. I've never said that Tebow could win this game if he had to shoulder te load. In fact, I don't think he'll be that good next year when teams are building there game plans around him. The kid is far from a prolific passer. But he is a resource that OSU cannot match. If Chris Leak even fatigues down to 80-75%, Tebow will step in. Troy Smith wouldn't come out of the game unless he was about to die because OSU doesn't have a Tim Tebow waitng in the wings. Tebow will be a factor, but only late in the game (as he has been all year).
You'll have to excuse me. Florida and my team both play in the SEC, where the defense always shows up. What is a shootout? I wouldn't know.
Tebow averaged 36 yds/game rushing, and even less than that passing...so I am pretty sure that "it was so easy to stop Tebow." If it wasn't then he would have gotten a few more snaps this year. FYI he got most of his yards on 20+ yard runs, which he is good for a rate of one per game. Aside from those longer runs, he generally was shut down. His stats support this. I'm not saying the kid won't be good eventually, I just don't think he will be a factor in this game. Oh and the comparison to Troy Smith is silly b/c OSU has a viable runnning game without him. OSU and Florida run totally different offenses, so claiming Florida's QB rushing yards as a resource that "OSU cannot match" is ridiculous. I would, however, expect Troy Smith to run a bit more than usual in this game since it's his last...there is no need for Tressel to save him for fear of injury.
What I meant by "shootout" is simply the fact that OSU averaged 36 PPG...while Florida only reached that number only 3 out of 13 times this year. If Florida gets into that kind of game, they simply don't have the firepower to match. Oh wait, that won't happen because Florida is an SEC team and the defense always shows up in the SEC