BCS National Championship: Florida's Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow greatest in college football history?

BY MIKE BIANCHI - Orlando Sentinel Columnist Modified: January 9, 2009 at 5:14 am •  Published: January 9, 2009
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threw two touchdown passes and ran for 109 yards.

Not that he didn’t have some help on offense from Percy Harvin, who returned from a high ankle sprain and was as electrifying as ever with 122 yards on nine carries.

And with Bill Clinton sitting in the stands among the sellout crowd at Dolphin Stadium, the Gators played off one of the former president’s favorite catchphrases: It’s the defense, stupid.

All that pre-game hype turned out to be absolutely right. Oklahoma, the highest scoring offense in the modern era of college football, did not fare well against Florida’s fast, ferocious SEC defense. The Sooners came into the championship game having scored 60 points or more five straight times. Against Florida, they were constantly turned away when they got within sniffing distance of the end zone.

But, in the end, it was Tebow who won the game. In the week of trash-talking leading up to the game, Oklahoma’s Dominique Franks said Tebow would only rank as the “fourth-best” quarterback in the Big 12.

The fourth-best quarterback in the Big 12?

More like the greatest college football player in history.

There has been a plethora of anti-Tebow venom being spewed throughout the airwaves and message boards this week. Ridiculous stuff. The fact is, if you hate Tebow, you hate humanity. You hate yourself because he makes you feel guilty.

How can you hate a guy who drinks a glass of milk before he goes to bed every night? Who goes to jails and preaches to prisoners? Who goes to third-world countries and feeds the hungry and helps doctors care for the sick? Who eye-blacks Biblical verses on his face before games?

For crying out loud, Tebow even revealed before the national championship game that his favorite song is actually Frank Sinatra’s “Send in the Clowns.”

On Thursday night, with the Gators holding up the crystal national championship trophy, the title of the song should have been changed.

Send in the Crowns.

And place them on the heads of Urban Meyer, Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators — the new kings of college football.

mbianchi@orlandosentinel.com



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