Does this statement sting a little? It sure does if you’re a fan of the team down in Norman. After weeks of debating the final tally has been counted and although my opinion was wrong, the old adage rings true: defense wins championships. After a year in which those of us in Big 12 country saw so many 50 point games like they were old hat, the crystal ball is awarded to the one team that could finally do what my mom likes to scream at the television during our beloved team’s defensive attempts… “stop somebody!” And stop them the boys from Florida did. 14 points from what was and in all likelihood will still be heralded as the most potent offense in the history of college football.
This isn’t an attempt to take anything away from the king of the swamp, but Mr. Tebow, who I believe ESPN covers enough that no other outlet should ever have to talk about, is not the main reason the folks down in Gainesville will be chomping until their arms fall off. No, every knee should bow at the performance turned in by the defensive side of the team in orange and blue, led by All-American linebacker Brandon Spikes (pictured to the right). 14 points? If I had been offered a bet of any size by my colleagues here at RTS I would have taken it in a heartbeat, thankfully one was not offered or I’d be trying to find someone to lend me a shirt, a kitchen sink… you get the picture.
Finally a team showed up that could play man coverage on wide-outs without getting beat deep, a team that could blitz and not worry about the risk of the big play behind them, a group that could hit someone so bad their backup felt it, a team that… could play defense. I love the Big 12, and, although after a poor bowl record might say otherwise, I still believe they were the best conference this year, but the best team resides down in the Sunshine State. What a show from the defense, and what a well deserved title for the Gators.
My apologies to Les Miles.