Double coverageGator QB Tim Tebow vs. the Sooner LBs: Florida’s signature play is the two-man option with Tebow and Percy Harvin taking the action to the edge. Tebow reads the defensive end, either tucking and running, or pitching to Harvin — the fastest man on the field. OU linebackers Travis Lewis and Keenan Clayton must get outside unimpeded to maintain containment, or risk a track meet they likely can’t win.
Man in motionLB Brandon Spikes, Gators: A big and rugged linebacker, Spikes is Florida’s spiritual and physical leader. He was at the epicenter of this week’s trash talking, rallying to Tebow’s rescue when Dom Franks suggested the Florida quarterback would fit in some ways down the Big 12 depth chart. Expect Spikes to be involved in blitz packages aimed at making OU quarterback Sam Bradford, shall we say, uncomfortable.
Hot readWR Quentin Chaney, Sooners: It’s bowl season, isn’t it? Chaney has been OU’s best receiver in the past two Fiesta Bowls, rising up when the passing game needed a playmaker. He might not be Bradford’s primary focus – the Sooners are in trouble if he is. Still, never count him out.
Horsecollar’dDT DeMarcus Granger and RB DeMarco Murray, OU: Two straight postseasons. Two straight bowl bummers for these Sooners. Granger was sent home from the Fiesta Bowl for shoplifting, while Murray missed that game with a knee injury. Both are hurt this year. Oh, DeMisery.
ClippingsFlorida 38, Oklahoma 31: "I think Florida’s back seven will be as good as OU has seen all season and should be good enough to hold OU below 35 points for the first time this season. I expect Tim Tebow and the UF speed to hit on a few big plays and also to capitalize on a few mistakes from the Sooners’ shaky kickoff coverage unit.” ESPN.com’s Bruce Feldman Florida, 38-28: "Both offenses are going to score. The difference will come on defense and special teams, where the Gators have an edge in both areas. Plus, recent history suggests that Urban Meyer and his staff are more reliable in games of this magnitude than Bob Stoops and his staff. It would be unwise to discount Oklahoma’s four straight BCS bowl losses as a fluke.” — Richard Cirminiello, Foxsports.com BY JOHN HELSLEY