OU-Florida: Is Sooner defense as bad as Tebow thinks?
The idea apparently floating around Florida — and through much of America, I’d bet — is that Big 12 football is void of any good defenses. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow himself said he was looking forward to playing against a Big 12 defense.
The theory might be correct. Certainly OU’s defense is not as great as it has been in some years. On the other hand, when you’re playing offenses and quarterbacks like the Big 12 has, who knows how good Big 12 defenses actually are? Maybe they’re better than we think.
And you can look at the OU-Florida game the other way, too. Florida’s defense is very strong, but just exactly what SEC offenses get you excited?
Georgia clearly is the best offense Florida has faced. Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford is big-time, and the Bulldogs are potent. And Ole Miss can cause problems; Arkansas transfer Houston Nutt is a heck of a coach and Texas transfer Jevon Sneed is a heck of a quarterback. But they’re not Texas Tech or Texas; probably aren’t Oklahoma State or Missouri.
But look at the other offenses Florida has beaten. Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida State, Miami. Historically strong teams, but not exactly offensive juggernauts in 2008.
That’s what makes OU-Florida so fascinating. Who knows how prolific are Big 12 offenses? Who knows how stingy are SEC defenses. Maybe it’s great offense in the Big 12, maybe it’s bad defense. Maybe it’s great defense in the SEC, but maybe it’s bad offense.
That’s what makes bowls great. We get legitimate non-conference matchups that answer these questions.
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