During Big 12 Media Days last month, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford was asked several questions about Florida. Is Bradford consumed with thoughts about getting even against the Gators? Has Oklahoma-Florida become a budding rivalry? Does college football have a new showcase showdown? Bradford paused before answering. You could envision his mind trying to connect the dots that didn’t warrant being connected. Bradford didn’t want to give an answer that might embarrass the inquisitor, so he gave a one-word, one-syllable response that couldn’t possibly be misinterpreted. "No,” Bradford said. Bradford was puzzled by the line of questioning. Understandable, considering the Sooners and Gators are in different conferences and have met exactly once in their entire history. That lone meeting came in last year’s BCS national championship game, which the Gators won 24-14 in Dolphin Stadium. Florida now leads this storied series 1-0. It took more than a century for the Gators and Sooners to finally meet in football. They are not scheduled to play again, though it’ll likely happen, possibly as soon as Jan. 7, 2010, in the Rose Bowl. College football fans are hitting the fast-forward button on a potential OU-Florida rematch for the national title, but Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes recently pushed the rewind button on the subject. One of the more entertaining interviews you will find, Spikes playfully was asked to name the dirtiest players on the Gators. Spikes immediately thought about the Sooners. "Compared to Oklahoma, you won’t find anyone (as dirty),” Spikes told the Orlando Sentinel. Whenever one team talks about another team being dirty, there’s almost always some truth to it — usually both ways. How much truth depends on which side of the ball you choose to believe. Asked after Tuesday’s practice to respond to Spikes’ claim, OU defensive tackle Gerald McCoy said, "Dirty? Like we’re dirty players? ... That’s just how we play. We play hard. I guess you can consider that dirty, but some people just get intense, get riled up. Every team does.” Last year’s national title game was plenty chippy both ways. Spikes swatted the right side of Sooners offensive lineman Trent Williams’ helmet following a play in which Williams drove Spikes to the ground. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow drew an unsportsmanlike penalty after giving a "Gator chomp” in the direction of Sooners safety Nic Harris with roughly two minutes left in the game. Tebow claimed Harris had been mouthing off all game. "He (Spikes) is a liar if he’s saying they don’t have trash talkers,” McCoy said. "Every team does. You can’t just put it on us.” The game’s worst sequence came when Harris gave the much-publicized injured ankle of Florida receiver Percy Harvin an extra twist long after a play had ended. Not that Harvin was surprised. "He grabbed it, kind of twisting (my ankle) a little bit,” Harvin said after the game. "That comes with the game. I was expecting that a little bit. It’s all good.” Harvin has moved on from his incident, but evidently Spikes has not. Players mouth off all the time during games. How a player handles it can be the difference in winning and losing. Spikes also mentioned Mississippi as a dirty opponent. Ole Miss beat Florida in Gainesville last season, and OU was no slouch in the title game. Sometimes the bully on the block doesn’t like it when the other guy shoves back. As Bradford pointed out when asked about Florida last month, there is a loooooooong way to go before a potential Game 2 in the OU-Florida series. Spikes has now added to that anticipation. John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.