The Florida Gators are Overrated and That's the Problem

James WalkerAnalyst IIOctober 26, 2009

STARKVILLE, MS - OCTOBER 24:  Quarterback Tim Tebow # 15 of the University of Florida Gators runs the ball against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium on  October 24, 2009 in Starkville, Mississippi  (Photo by Rick Dole/Getty Images)

The Florida Gators have been under the microscope since they were given the number one ranking before the season started.  As the season has progressed, Tim Tebow and the Gators offense has sputtered and been a shadow of its former self leaving many to wonder what the problem is.

Well, I'm here to tell you exactly what the problem truly is.  Are you ready?  Make sure you tell everyone you read it here first.

The Gators are ranked No. 1.

You see, the Gators have leveraged the underdog role during the 2006 and 2008 seasons.  For once, the Gators have started the season number one, and they have no idea where to draw their inspiration from.

Think about it: In 2006, Tebow was a freshman behind Chris Leak, and going in to the National Championship game many thought that Michigan should have been in the game and not the Gators.

Once the Gators were announced as the opponent to the supposed unbeatable Ohio State, the Gators had a chip on their shoulders as everyone in the free world thought the Buckeyes were going to kill them.

Fast-forward to last season and again the Gators were the underdog to Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford and the unstoppable offense of the Oklahoma Sooners.  The former and current Heisman winners went up against each other and the Gators were victorious once again.

This season is different.

Everyone expects the Gators to repeat.  All 11 defensive starters from last season's squad returned, and Tim Tebow returned for his senior season with one thing in mind—to repeat as National Champions and perhaps for Tebow to win a second Heisman Trophy.

However, the departure of Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy to the NFL, and Offensive Coordinator Dan Mullen to take the head coaching position at Mississippi State was overlooked.  We have yet to see a wide receiver step up, and current Offensive Coordinator Steve Addazio is on page three of the offensive playbook and still reading.

Coach Urban Meyer has admitted that too much pressure has been put on the offense especially Tim Tebow, and he knows that something must be done to open up the offense.  The college football world waits to see what he does next.

This week Florida meets Georgia in the annual meeting in Jacksonville, FL to continue on their way to Atlanta and Pasadena.  Unfortunately, if something doesn't change soon they may not make it there.  Georgia and South Carolina would love nothing more to knock Florida off the tracks.

But that's just it—maybe that's what Florida needs.  They need to lose or simply fall in the BCS rankings.  Make them feel disrespected, or simply tell them they are not good enough.

That's the motivation that's missing and holding them back.