I Want John Brantley to Start For Florida/LSU

Alan BraunsteinContributor IOctober 5, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 27: John Brantley #12 of the Florida Gators looks on before the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 27, 2007 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

I know, I know, "what's it like to 'want'?"  But, in an ideal world of NCAA Football in 2009, this is what I'd like to see on October 10 in the UF/LSU match-up:

Tim Tebow is well enough to play, but he doesn't go in unless things get too close. Therefore, John Brantley IV starts for the Gators against LSU, stays in the game the entire time, and the Gators win handily over the Tigers.

Not to undermine Tim Tebow's value to the Gators, but how much would the above scenario ...

  1. ... solidify Florida at #1 with a threat of having two great QBs?
  2. ... boost the value of the rest of the Gators team since so much is written about Tim and so little about anyone else on that team?
  3. ... take some pressure off Tebow and Meyer, since everyone's riding Tim to 'take us to the Championship' and Meyer to see the future ("he should've pulled Tim out of UF/UK at the half" hindsight punditry)?


In the end, I would love to see the Gators go undefeated to and thru the Championship. If there was a game to lose, this would be the one, since losing to a #4-ranked team would not diminish the Gators standing as badly as losing to, say, FIU (or worse, FSU).

This is going to be a nail-biter until and thru the 8pm ET game. I'm looking forward to getting this game in the past and hoping for a brilliant outcome in the end.

Go Gators!