Florida Vs LSU: Why Mind Games Don't Matter

aaron keyCorrespondent IOctober 8, 2009

ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 03: Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

With all the talk about whether or not Tebow should play, a common theme has occurred.

From the talking heads, talk radio hosts, all the way down to the fanatical posters on every Tebow article, everyone thinks Florida gains an advantage by not letting the cat out of the bag(unexpected pun!).

The line invariably goes, "Of course Meyer won't(shouldn't) say if he's playing or not, that way LSU won't know what to prepare for".

Not so.

First off, this is not Gus Malzahn, or Petrino, who out of their obligatory 83 offensive plays, 65 of them are different.

Whether by necessity or design, Florida's offense has been very vanilla. You take the option, the zone read, the battering ram, the shovel pass, their three passing plays and what do you have?

7 plays which are usually telegraphed by the offensive formation.(a topic for another day)

Secondly, I know it's been mop up, but how much different has Florida looked with Brantley in the game? Not much. So why is everyone acting like if Brantley starts Florida becomes a five wide team with a little swinging gate mixed in for good measure?

Whoever the quarterback is, Chavis and LSU are preparing for the same exact thing. Florida will try to establish the running game, while mixing in some short passes, to open up the big throws down the field. The only difference is Tebow probably keeps it more than Brantley on the option, and Brantley probably takes a couple more shots down field. Wow, that took about as long to prepare for as it did to write the sentence.

I guess the point of it all is that Florida, like alot of great teams, is not trying to fool anyone. They're just challenging teams to stop them.

LSU on the other hand can see through the smoke and mirrors of the overhyped, tired, worn out trick of "who's under center" and they'll be prepared for Florida's offense.

How do I know this?

Because in the SEC schemes are secondary. Like the old saying goes, " Its not about the X's and O's, it's about the Jimmies and Joes".