Wow: That was an impressive, gritty win by Florida over the No. 1 team in the country.
Without Percy Harvin, the Gators hung 31 points on arguably the best defense in the country.
In an otherwise even slugfest, they absolutely dominated the Tide in the 4th quarter. (How about that 10-point Vegas line? And the Gators won by 11. Amazing.)
I know it's possible that Texas could stay ahead of Florida in the BCS ranking, but I cannot imagine it at this point. It would seem so ludicrous -- even more ludicrous than Texas being ranked behind Oklahoma.
I think there's a very good case to be made that Florida is not only one of two BCS teams, but the No. 1 team in the country, period. We'll see what the voters do, I guess.
As for the Heisman, I'm not sure how Tebow stacks up against Bradford and McCoy, but I know that while he isn't the passer either of the other two are, he makes the passes he needs to -- and on the ground, he's simply a quantum leap ahead of either. And I think his performance in this game was as impressive as any he has had in his career, considering the competition.
Make no mistake: This was the best team Tebow has faced in his 3-year Florida career -- including Ohio State in the national title game in 2006, when Tebow was a part-time player. And he led -- emphasis on "led" -- the team to 31 points and a sound beating.
Before the season, I really didn't think Tebow had a shot at the Heisman, mainly because he had such great weapons around him... like Percy Harvin.
In the absence of Harvin tonight, Tebow showed precisely why he is the best/most valuable/whatever-criteria-you-use-for-Heisman player in the country.
Now, either Oklahoma or Texas -- I predict it won't matter -- can look forward to a healthy Harvin and a Gators team with 4 weeks to prepare.
That is: If the BCS voters -- and computers -- recognize the decisive way Florida beat the No. 1 team in the country and won the SEC championship, a double-feat worthy of a spot and shot in the national title game.
More tomorrow. Hope non-SEC and non-Florida fans enjoyed that one simply as a taut, well-played game by both teams. I'm going to book my flight to Miami.
UPDATE: I'm torn over who to root for right now. On the one hand, I think that Texas, by beating Oklahoma head-to-head, is the most worthy BCS team in the Big 12. On the other hand, Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp owns Florida, and even that typically soft Big 12 defense might, under Muschamp, be able to stop Florida. They will certainly be able to stop Florida more than Oklahoma, which surpasses even Ohio State in BCS bowl-chokery. So I guess if I want to see a sure-fire NCG win for Florida, I'd want Oklahoma to win. If I want to play the most worthy title-game opponent -- even if it meant a tougher game, even a loss -- it would be rooting against Oklahoma and for Texas to get in.