University of Florida Gators Football Team, Looking Ahead

Eugenio TorrensContributor IOctober 16, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators celebrates their 13-3 win over the Louisiana State University Tigers with his teammates at Tiger Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Chalk another win for the Southeastern-Conference-chomping Gators.

The UF football team won on Saturday in Baton Rouge, La., trumping the No. 4-ranked LSU Tigers 13-3.

The win, which snapped a 32-home-game win streak on Saturday nights for the Tigers, was significant for more than the "W."

For UF students, the victory reinforced the notion that the Gators are one of the best teams in the country, if not the best team as their season-long No. 1 ranking indicates. The Gators next task is hosting an Arkansas team coming off an upset win over Auburn.

The entire UF nation will be breathing a little easier heading into this game as well. The highly anticipated matchup between two of the SEC's top three ranked teams was dominated by the news of UF quarterback Tim Tebow's status after he suffered a concussion on Sept. 26.

Tebow played more conservatively in contrast to the physical prowess now associated with his game. He threw a touchdown to wide receiver Riley Cooper and only accounted for 172 yards of total offense.

The Razorbacks may not appear to be as threatening a team as LSU, but the fact that Arkansas dropped 44 points on then-No. 17 Auburn last week will make it difficult for the Hogs to come in under the radar.

The last thing the Gators want is to be caught looking ahead, especially in their homecoming game.

But students’ gaze can stretch to the horizon.

With LSU toppled, the Gators’ schedule suddenly seems much more lax. South Carolina looks like the hardest opponent the rest of the regular season.

But if the Gators can win out, the national sentiment forecasts a UF-Alabama pairing in the SEC Championship game. If that scenario comes to fruition, it would be a rematch of last year’s conference title game, which the Gators won 31-20.

Showing no lingering effects of the concussion, Tebow can restore more faith in Gator fans with a dominant win against the Razorbacks. The team’s goal is to win without a doubt, but the team would like to rest assured that the hit its icon took doesn’t have any damaging effects.

At this point, it looks like the Gators would need Tebow in top notch shape if they meet the Tide in the SEC title game.

No matter how well the rest of the team may be playing come December, a healthy Tebow would at the very least mean a confident Gator Nation, if not a better team.