The University of Florida is in anticipation with baited breath.
And there's not even a game going on.
Rather, UF's anxiousness stems from the concussion quarterback Tim Tebow suffered at Kentucky on Sept. 26.
Tebow spent Saturday night in Kentucky getting tests done to make sure it was just a concussion and nothing more. UF coach Urban Meyer said Tebow looked "terrific" earlier this week.
He may have to look every bit it as the Gators have a bye week this weekend but return to action at Baton Rouge, La., against No. 4 LSU.
So the big question becomes: Will Tim Tebow be ready against LSU? And if so, how will he play after his concussion?
With the recent news that Tebow seems to be OK, and will play against LSU, students seem to feel confident that the concussion was nothing more than a speed bump. The UF student body breathed a collective gasp when Tebow lay motionless after his head snapped forward after bouncing off teammate's Marcus Gilbert's knee.
The hit proved Tebow's mortality and perhaps a glimpse of the Tebow-less future for students. If and when Tebow isn't ready to go against LSU--and even if he is--students saw the future after Tebow was taken out of the game when second-string quarterback John Brantley took the snaps.
Brantley completed 4 of 6 passes for 30 yards and one touchdown in relief of Tebow.
One student friend said he was "quietly confident" about Brantley in case Tebow couldn't play or wasn't effective against LSU. And that is where students draw the line.
Some are confident in the heir apparent to Tebow. Brantley has played, albeit when the game was decided, in three games this year. He's racked up 232 yards on 22-of-30 passing and thrown for four touchdowns and no interceptions.
Brantley has done what he's supposed to do in the backup role: manage the game-don't lose it.
Other students however, don't want to take the gamble on Brantley and want to stick to a sure thing.
Tebow's about the closest thing to a sure thing; and his concussion on Saturday could be one of the most inconsistent things that's happened to the personification of Gator Nation.
Still, students embrace Tebow and want to see him play, especially in a game in Death Valley against the Tigers. Students believe if the Gators can get past LSU, the rest of the schedule looks favorable (students haven't overlooked No. 18 Georgia on Halloween) and it could be a direct road to the Southeastern Conference Championship and possibly another national championship.
Before students talk about any championships, they'll have to wait until Oct. 10 to see how the team fares--with or without Tebow--and before students can talk, they'll have to fervently count down the days until they can exhale, in either disappointment or elation.
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