Sunday, November 9, 2008
Gators stroll through 'Dores to the SEC Championship
Entering Saturday Night's Game against Vanderbilt, defensive end Carlos Dunlap had underachieved based on what many expected of him coming into this year. Not many would make that statement after the Gators 42-14 trouncing of the Commodores, where he blocked the first two Vanderbilt punts, to secure a spot for UF in the SEC Championship Game.
Dunlap and the rest of the defense helped accomplish Urban Meyer's "Plan to Win." This requires winning the turnover battle, playing shut-down D, finishing in the red zone and winning the kicking game.
With their spot in the SEC Championship Game set, Florida just needs to worry about winning out to get back to the BCS Championship Game, thanks to Iowa.
It wasn't just the special teams and defense that dominated the game. The Gators offense was forced to punt only twice and turned the ball over just once-- it was ruled Harvin fumbled, despite video evidence that appeared to show him crossing the goal line before the ball came out.
The key seems to be putting teams away early for the Gators, as they have now outscored their last five opponents 80-0 in the first quarter.
If the four previous games since the Ole Miss upset wasn't evidence enough, then Saturday's performance should do it. Tebow is not only back in the Heisman race, he is near the top of everyone's list.
He still isn't quite at the numbers he put up last year at this time, but if he continues to score 5 TDs a game, Tebow will be there in no time.
For those who don't know, Tebow loves Jesus.
And for those who don't-- those who have never heard of Tebow-- they just have to look at his face.
A few years ago it became a trend for athletes to write messages on their eye black. Tebow is now giving TV viewers a more spiritual message. During the Vandy game, he had "Phil" under his left eye and "4:13" under his right.
It is a verse out of Epistle to the Philippians saying, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Right now, it looks like Christ is with him all the time because he is doing what ever he wants to opposing defenses.