"I think Ohio State should be the favorite, but I have been skeptical about the level of competition in the Big 10 this year so I won't be surprised if the Gators find a way to win. Florida can play defense and has enough firepower on offense to make it interesting."
"Florida's 2006 team reminds me of Tennessee's 1998 national title team.
The defense does the heavy lifting and the offense makes just enough plays
to win. The Gators often win ugly but they DO win. Given the stakes Monday
night, neither team is likely to play its best game. That means the most
resourceful team will win, and Florida has shown itself to be very
resourceful. Bottom line: I think the Gators
will give the Buckeyes fits, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if they win.
"Rest assured, all Vanderbilt fans will be tuned in to Fox Monday night
to cheer on the Gators. SEC pride is on the line, and USC has already
exposed Michigan as a fraud! But all conference prejudices aside,
trying to break down this game from a truly unbiased viewpoint... Ohio
State should prevail. The Buckeyes have no obvious weaknesses, and
Urban Meyer's Gators simply have too many. If the two teams play ten
games, Florida wins no more than two. Can the Gators do what LSU did
three years ago, pulling off a shocker in the season finale? I hope so,
but I'm not expecting it."
"I think Florida has as good of chance as any team in the nation to knock
off the Buckeyes. The Gators have a proven leader on offense, in senior
quarterback Chris Leak. Dallas Baker and Andre Caldwell are both all
conference type receivers. Ohio State has to be prepared also for
freshman Tim Tebow, who'll most certainly make his presense known in the
running game, and maybe even the passing game. On defense, Florida's
possess some of bigger names in the SEC with Earl Everett, Brandon Siler
and Reggie Nelson. Nelson may be the best defensive back in the country.
Ohio State will have to adjust to the overall team speed of Florida, but
Florida will have to play their best game to win."
"The Florida Gators have earned the right to play against Ohio State for
the national championship leaving Michigan to play in the Rose Bowl
Coach Urban Meyer's team plays four quarters with speed and determination,
and the defensive front has been dominant all season in the tough SEC
conference. Quarterbacks Chris Leak and Tim Tebow make a great balance
Ohio State will match the Gators' defensive front with a tremendous
offensive line. Field general quarterback Troy Smith has all the
confidence of his teammates, and the well-rested Buckeyes look to claim
The battle of the lineman instead of the high-profiled quaterbacks will
likely detemine the outcome. The Gators need a little luck in the kicking
game as well to keep it close."
"I think that Florida has an excellent shot against the Buckeyes and it
all comes down to coaching and the type of players encompassing the Gator
roster. Like him or not - and I will go with the not - but Urban Meyer
knows how to coach and does a better job of anyone in the country of
utilizing talent. Ohio State is arguably the more talented team from top
to bottom but combine the UF coaching staff with the amount of athleticism
that is a traditional attribute of a Division 1 football program in the
state of Florida and the Buckeyes may be in some trouble come Monday
"Florida seems vastly underrated by way too many people going into the
national championship game. Any team good enough to win the Southeastern
Conference can compete with the nation's top teams.
Florida's speed and defense are superb and I just have a feeling the
Florida offense will have a point to prove in this game. It would not
surprise in the least to see the Gators duplicate what the basketball team
and come home with the national championship."
"Two titans will clash on Monday evening when the undefeated Ohio State
Buckeyes play the SEC Champion Florida Gators in the BCS Championship
The Gators possess the nation's #10 ranked defense and have more team
speed than any opponent the Buckeyes have faced this season. How Heisman
winning quarterback Troy Smith and the potent Ohio State offense react to
that speed will play an important role in the
The Gators' offense, on the other hand, is not necessarily a strength, as
Florida has averaged under 24 points per game this year against opponents
not named Southern Miss, Central Florida, and Western Carolina. Florida
will have to find a way to keep pace with the nation's #6 ranked offense
by producing big plays on offense, winning the field position and turnover
battles, and having a strong showing on special teams. The Gators will
keep the game interesting, but in the
end, the Buckeyes will be too much for them to handle."
Prediction: Ohio State 31 Florida 21
"I disagree with JJ....I think the Gators take this one."
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