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Running Blog of No. 1 Florida Gators vs. No. 4 LSU Tigers

Tim Tebow is just two weeks removed from this scene. How will he play tonight?

Tim Tebow is just two weeks removed from this scene. How will he play tonight?

Yes, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow WILL start tonight. Obviously, his performance we’ll be dissected from every angle ad nauseam.  But his availability is the best thing for this game. It won’t give the Gators any excuses if they lose.

But regardless, this game has the highest combined ranking between opponents, so it should be an awesome one. Follow along!

5:06 p.m. Pressure! Pressure! Pressure! The Tigers only have five sacks all season. They pressure from LSU’s defensive line is the biggest key to this game.

5:08 p.m. Urban Meyer just said that backup quarterback John Brantley may see some playing time but that Tebow will start and he is the team’s QB. He won’t be removed unless he is visibly injured.

5:11 p.m. And we are underway with Trindon Holliday taking the opening kickoff out to the 29 to start the game.

5:13 p.m. Jordan Jefferson obviously needs to play well, but LSU really has to concentrate on getting it’s running game started. It hasn’t been very good all year.

5:14 p.m. And there’s Charles Scott out of the backfield for a first down.

5:15 p.m. I forgot to put a prediction up for this game: Florida 27, LSU 20. I mean, when you look at that No. 4 ranking next to LSU’s name, do you really believe it?

5:16 p.m. Sure, LSU is talented, but I just don’t think they have the skill players to matchup with the Gators. That defense is pretty tough though. Again, pressure!

5:17 p.m. Here comes Tim Tebow. Somewhere, an angel just got its wings.

5:20 p.m. So, a run for a few yards, a false start and then a delay of game. Florida’s offense is off and running!

5:21 p.m. You know some idiots will say that Tebow dropping his mouthpiece just showed that he is not completely recovered from his concussion.

5:22 p.m. Ok, no delay of game … Tebow’s late pitch leads to a first down. Stay in your gaps, kids.

5:25 p.m. Players like Jeff Demps, Chris Rainey and Holliday are all crazy fast, but in today’s age, it just seems that those guys are not quite as special because there are a ton of track athletes on many team. No disrespect …

5:26 p.m. Tebow takes a shot to his shot to his front side, hard and clean (she said). But he’s up. No ill effects yet, and not that I’m expecting any either.

5:27 p.m. Tebow won’t need to do much if the LSU defense keeps playing this weak. Florida just has too many weapons.

5:29 p.m. Tebow takes another, smaller hit as he gets rid of the ball. OK, that’s the last time I comment on Tebow getting hit until he’s coughing up blood.

5:29 p.m. LSU is obviously jacked up, but too much so. Three offsides penalty on one drive? Settle, everybody.

5:32 p.m. See, everyone is fast! Great pursuit by LSU on those last two plays. Florida has to feel good to churn out a seven-minute drive, but the Tigers also have to be encouraged to hold the Gators to just a field goal.

5:36 p.m. And yes, because they just brought it up on CBS, I’ll say this: Tomorrow has to be the least interesting Sunday this NFL season. Have you seen the point spreads? Just horrible matchups.

5:38 p.m. Colorado was a 36-point underdog against Texas and the Buffaloes are ahead 14-10 close to halftime. Why, oh why did I think that Texas would cover those points?

5:40 p.m. Jordan Jefferson played pretty well against Georgia last week, but he isn’t really considered an accurate passer. He certainly wasn’t on that drive.

5:41 p.m. And why the hell is Tyler Hansbrough in a cell phone commercial? That is the most random cameo ever.

5:45 p.m. Offsides again … absolutely ridiculous.

5:49 p.m. So, at the end of the first quarter, what have we learned? Well, Tebow looks fine. The LSU defense is a bit overanxious. The LSU offense hasn’t been able to take advantage of its great WRs yet.

5:50 p.m. I wish I was a college kid with the last name of Casanova. That would be a good living.

5:51 p.m. That’s four penalties against the Tigers already, not counting an offsides penalty that was declined earlier. They are on pace for about 15 penalties. Uh, that’s not going to work.

5:53 p.m. Look, LSU. When you line up, take a look at where the ball is placed. Look at it and then just back up a couple of steps. Common sense thanks you.

5:55 p.m. Florida has just one timeout left, but that’s much of worry with that offense and how quickly it can work.

5:56 p.m. Miami is beating Florida A & M, 31-3 at the half. Looks like the Hurricanes are gearing up nicely for their mighty showdown next week against UCF.

5:58 p.m. I love the play call by Florida, but what an outstanding job by LSU of just staying at home and pursuing. Let’s see what Jefferson, Scott, LaFell, etc., can do.

6:01 p.m. The Gators’ DBs think they can stop anyone, but they are physically overmatched against these receivers.

6:02 p.m. You’ve got to go for it here. Too far for a field goal, too close for a punt and make a statement … nice hurry-up call by LSU. And tack on 15 yards after a personal foul from Florida.

6:04 p.m. THAT was a personal foul? Get outta here.

6:05 p.m. Man, these personal foul calls are mighty, mighty cheap.

6:06 p.m. Never mind. After a replay, I take that back. The second call was valid. Nice straight ahead run by Scott. The option is not going to work in this area against these players.

6:07 p.m. LSU has scored just eight touchdowns in 18 red zone trips this year, but if they keep running straight ahead, they’ll make it nine for 19.

6:10 p.m. GO FOR IT!!!

6:11 p.m. OK, fine. Be that way. LSU ties it up at 3-3. That’ll work.

6:13 p.m. The Dodgers beat the Cardinals 5-1 to move on to the NLCS. And that’s a lesson in why you should never flip-flop.

6:14 p.m. That is a tremendous run by Tebow, dodging five LSU defenders. Nothing much else you can say about that. We’ve seen it a lot.

6:16 p.m. Best throw of the night by Tebow, rolling to his left and throwing. That was crisp.

6:18 p.m. What is Gary Danielson talking about? Football is the only sport in which you can score and get the ball back after halftime??? He has apparently never heard of basketball.

And he compared his statement to baseball, saying that you can’t get the ball back once you score in baseball. Yeah, that’s what happens when you play in innings, Gar. What a mind-numbing statement.

6:21 p.m. Iowa just scored to re-take the lead against Michigan, 20-14 with 5:49 to play. That game obviously didn’t get the pub that Florida/LSU received, but it’s a much better game to watch right now.

6:24 p.m. Tebow goes up top to find Riley Cooper open by about the size a 18-wheeler. The Gators have some big receivers, but they didn’t need it there.

6:25 p.m. If this half has taught me anything, it’s that the only SEC game I am looking forward to for the rest of the season is Florida vs. Alabama in the conference title game.

6:27 p.m. A little offensive pass interference never hurt anything, except for LSU’s already slim chances to win this game.

6:28 p.m. That’s just a horrible pass by a young quarterback. It’s not a huge momentum crusher for LSU because the Tigers still had a long way to go, but this could now be 17-3 early in the third if LSU isn’t careful.

6:34 p.m. At the half, the only big difference on the stat sheet is the rushing yards — 114 to 62 in favor of the Gators. The Tigers are allowing 5.2 yards per rush.

Both QBs have been accurate according to the numbers, but neither have played that well. Jordan Jefferson is averaging just seven yards per pass.

6:38 p.m. The Florida State game is still in the first quarter after a lightning delay of more than an hour. Good pace!!

6:45 p.m. You know what’s great about watching the Colorado-Texas game? I think there are some microphones that are way too close to Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins. You can hear him (or at least someone who sounds a lot like him) yelling on every play! And he’s not saying anything about intramurals.

6:52 p.m. Florida starts the second half with the ball after ending the first half with the ball. And you can’t do that in baseball, right, Danielson?

6:54 p.m. The coaching adjustment to hit the center when he moves his head works. Football is so much fun when you can just sit in your stance and then hit the guy across from you and blame it on him, saying that he made you do it.

6:57 p.m. Again, Tebow converts on a third-and-short play. I think one of the broadcasters said earlier that Florida has about a 99 percent success rate on third and short. I think that number is a bit high.

6:59 p.m. Three consecutive running plays with Tebow just lowering his head and going forward. No tentativeness there.

7:01 p.m. There is really no sensation quite like when you take a football helmet right on your kneecap as you run. It’s exhilarating.

7:03 p.m. Tebow is crushing LSU’s spirits on this drive, both on the ground and through the air.

7:04 p.m. LSU makes a stop on first down, but as Terrell Owens would say on the San Francisco 49ers’ sideline in some classic NFL Films tape, “It’s just a matta of time!”

7:05 p.m. That ref REALLY enjoyed making that incomplete call.

7:07 p.m. Wow! The Gators take a delay of game to give their kicker a better angle from which to kick and he ends up missing it wide left from the right hash?? That’s almost impossible. And is probably the most interesting development of this game so far.

7:10 p.m. The LSU offense has to do something here soon because with how the Gators are controlling the ball, the Tigers may not get many chances.

7:13 p.m. Nice series for LSU. Backed up near your own end zone and you get a slow option run for one yard and two sacks. Nice. The Gators held the ball for six-and-a-half minutes to start the third. LSU had it for about 90 seconds and now the Gators are back onto the field, close to the 50.

With the way that offense is (not) rolling right now, a Gators touchdown here could very well be the death nail.

7:17 p.m. Damn, Florida St. and Georgia Tech! 21-21 early in the second quarter? I am watching the wrong Florida team.

7:18 p.m. Yes, LSU could conceivably still lose this game and end up in the BCS title game, but first, LSU needs to get a better team.

7:19 p.m. Florida should go for it. Hell, I think most teams should go for it on fourth and short. But with Tebow and from what LSU’s offense has shown you, there should be no doubt.

7:22 p.m. That play had two “Are you kidding me?” moments. Tebow is under center … I know he doesn’t do it much at all, but Verne Lundquist treated that like a baby boy taking his first steps.

And why didn’t Florida just snap it? With that offensive line, it wouldn’t be that hard to get a foot! Unless the coaches were afraid of putting Tebow into such a high-traffic area and that he might hurt himself (GASP).

7:25 p.m. Nice little off-tackle run and LSU’s offense has signs of life! Hallelujah! There were two or three big running lanes on that play.

7:27 p.m. You know, it’s never good when the QB gives his own coaches the “I’m clueless” hand signal with seven seconds remaining on the play clock. If you didn’t know … .

7:28 p.m. The No. 4 team in the nation, ladies and gentlemen.

Oy vey!

7:30 p.m. The Tigers had the ball for about four minutes in the third quarter and has just 122 yards total.

7:31 p.m. You could say, “Hey, it’s still a one-score game” and you would be right. But that score may take a couple weeks to occur.

Aaaaaaand another sack.

7:34 p.m. A quick update: Texas finally found itself in the second half and took care of Colorado — although it didn’t cover the -36 with the 38-14 win. Boo. Michigan just scored a touchdown and now trails just 23-21 with 4:23 to play in the third.

7:38 p.m. Right now, I am just sitting back and letting the Florida offense wash over me. It hasn’t been great, but it can dominate at any point and it is putting this game away right now.

7:41 p.m. Just wasting the clock away and chewing up yards …

7:43 p.m. It was close, but Caleb Sturgis hits the 32-yard field and puts the Gators up by a seemingly insurmountable 10-point lead, 13-3.

7:45 p.m. Remember how on the last series, Gary Danielson was saying how uncomfortable Jordan Jefferson was in passing downs? Well, how is he going to feel in this possession? He HAS to pass.

I smell interception.

7:47 p.m. Random side note: There is a street band below my apartment currently playing Beatles song and, on the weekend of John Lennon’s 69th birthday, it makes me sad to hear how his glorious art is being trampled on tonight.

7:49 p.m. There is no excuse for that by Jefferson. He MUST get rid of the ball in that situation. You can’t afford to take a sack. But hey, he’ll learn. He just is a quarterback that can’t pass right now, that’s all.

7:51 p.m. And just as I was about to bash Jefferson some more, what exactly is Tebow doing? Just run it. Crush the clock. But he makes a horrible throw and now the Tigers have the ball back. Wow! That was strange.

7:53 p.m. Well, the Tigers don’t specifically NEED  a touchdown on this drive. They could settle for a field goal. Either way, that would make it a one-possession game.

7:54 p.m. Although with all this underneath stuff, it’s going to take LSU about three minutes to even enter field goal range.

7:56 p.m. Oh, risky sideline throw! Close to a pick six if the corner had anticipated the pass more.

7:58 p.m. And while Jefferson has done a number of things wrong tonight, I would be stupid to not bring up how well Florida’s defense has played tonight, especially in receiver coverage.

8:02 p.m. Assuming that the Gators will control the ball for the rest of the game, the time of possession will favor them in about 36-24 split.

8:04 p.m. Awwwwwwww, that was nice snuggle moment between Tebow and Meyer.

8:05 p.m. We still have a game to be decided in Iowa, Hawkeyes up 30-21 over Michigan, but there is 11:30 left. The Wolverines desperately need a turnover.

8:07 p.m. I didn’t realize Brandon Spikes had that productive of a game. I must have been too much in a zone with this blog. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

And why is Tebow still in the game?

8:08 p.m. Seriously, how many timeouts do you need in the final three minutes of a game that is already over????

8:11 p.m. Just a reminder, folks. SEC Championship game. Georgia Dome. Dec. 5. Alabama vs. Florida. Winner will play for the national title. The loser … well, who knows, might also play for the national title if about 30 things go right.

Time to be announced. Will be more fun than this game we watched tonight.

8:13 p.m. And that will do it from Baton Rouge. Gators win 13-3.

8:14 p.m. Tim Tebow: “Everyone across the country was praying for me.” Uh, probably not.

8:15 p.m. The Gators outgain LSU 327-162, including 193-66 on the ground. Tim Tebow completed 11 0f 15 passes for 134 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed 17 times for just 38 yards.

8:18 p.m. It was a game that was rather low in entertainment value, but I think you can credit that to Florida’s defense AND LSU’s offense. Again, LSU probably wasn’t the No. 4 team in the nation and they proved it tonight.

8:19 p.m. For Florida, it’s full speed ahead. Tebow looks fine, the running game is unstoppable and the defense has very little weaknesses.

And those facts make me upset. God, I hate the Gators.

8:20 p.m. Well, my bias is showing through now, so it’s time to end this blog. Thanks for following along! I’m sure I’ll do this again sometime soon and I hope you return. Have a great weekend.

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  1. October 10, 2009 at 5:15 pm

    That was vintage JaMarcus Russell right there.

  2. October 10, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    “5:27 p.m. Tebow won’t need to do much if the LSU defense keeps playing this week. Florida just has too many weapons.”

    If they stop playing this week, they will have no chance to get better in practice.

    • spokes310
      October 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm

      That’s why you’re the copy editor. “Weak.”

    • spokes310
      October 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm

      Oh, and thanks for reading! Keep chiming in.

  3. October 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    This Michigan-Iowa tilt is looking to be quite interesting.

    • spokes310
      October 10, 2009 at 5:43 pm

      I am flipping back and forth a bit, but not really. I expect it to be a very close game.

  4. Ashley
    October 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    I don’t really have anything intelligent to contribute, i just wanted to be involved.

    question- are there an abnormally high number of penalties in this game so far, or am i retarded?

    • October 10, 2009 at 5:56 pm

      UCF looks at these penalities and scoffs.

      • spokes310
        October 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

        I didn’t know UCF had a top-20 rush defense. Of course, they haven’t really played anyone yet.

    • spokes310
      October 10, 2009 at 6:09 pm

      There are a lot being called, but most of them are valid because LSU is just being absolutely stupid.

  5. October 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Here is what is interesting about LSU:

    I have read in a couple different places that LSU sort of succeeds IN SPITE of their coach. Like, they have these ridiculously talented athletes at the skill positions, and it is more of them overcoming the shitty play-calling by Miles than it is about like actual good coaching.

    Wierd. I’m not sure if it’s true or not though.

  6. October 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Southern Miss up on Louisville!

    • spokes310
      October 10, 2009 at 6:00 pm

      Louisville is absolutely dreadful.

  7. October 10, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    I love this shit.

    Thank you so much. I love reading you.

    Do this kind of thing more often, goddamnit. Get some ad money and make this worth your while or something.

  8. spokes310
    October 10, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Well, thank you for reading. That’s what is rewarding for me.

    I love running (live?) blogs, so I’m sure I’ll do a lot more, especially this month. We’ve got college football, NFL and the baseball playoffs. That’s good stuff for running blogs.

    If I could update multiple times every day like all other blogs, I would. But I don’t have the time to write stuff that I would consider interesting. I want my posts to be almost like articles, not tidbits. So you’re just going to have to deal with 2-3 updates a week. But that may go up. Who knows?

    Thank you for your continued readership.

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