Why the Florida Gators Deserve the Nation's Respect

Viresh PatelContributor INovember 9, 2009

JACKSONVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 31:  Head coach Urban Meyer hugs quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators after their 41-17 win over the Georgia Bulldogs at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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This headline pretty much cuts to the point.  We've all heard the negative over the course of the season.  Florida's offense is stagnant, they're horrific in the red zone, they can't play like this and expect to win, Texas is better, Alabama is better, they can be burned by the big play, teams can run on this Gator defense, blah, blah, blah.

The experts say Florida is escaping with narrow victories week after week.  Let's not forget the key word here, victory.  Victory is what the Gators do, victory is what's happened to Gator nation since Urban Meyer showed up in Gainesville, victory is Tim Tebow.  This team wins, that's all they do!

Experts can scrutinize all they want, and shove their erratic opinions down your throat.  Another key word, opinion.  Lou Holtz has an opinion too, his opinion is that Notre Dame will never lose a game.  This "expert" chose Notre Dame to play Florida in the BCS Championship Game.

I was under the impression that analysts and experts are not supposed to be biased, buts that's my opinion.  And I'm no expert.  The point is opinions are meaningless, and experts are wrong.  The only that can be trusted is numbers.  Numbers don't lie.

Florida who puts up on average 35 points per game.  Florida allows 10.1 points per game on defense. That's good enough for No. 1 in the nation. In nine games this season Gator defense has allowed four passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.  Six total touchdowns is what this defense has gave up in nine games.

Florida rushes for 240 yards a game on offense and gives up a total of 232 yards a game, passing and rushing.  They beat their opponents by an average of 25 points per game. 

They are the No. 1 team in the nation.  They are the defending national champs.  They are led by a quarterback most consider to be the greatest athlete to ever play college football. Say what you will, but there has never been a greater leader to any team in the history of this sport. 

With all the negatives surrounding this team, most people have forgotten the numbers. Texas and Alabama should be wise to not buy into the experts' talk.  And experts would be wise to realize the most obvious number of all, zero.  As in zero losses.  That's all that matters in football.

At the end of the year, when Florida is crowned National Champions once more, there won't be talk about how they nearly lost to Arkansas.  Or how Tennessee took them down to the wire.  Nobody will talk about how their offense was unable to get going against LSU.  Experts will only talk about the undefeated national champions.  The dynasty built by Urban Meyer, and the greatest college quarterback to ever play the game. 

Whether we like it or not, Florida Gators are the defending National Champions.  They are the number one team in the nation.  Until they are defeated, this coach, this team, and this quarterback deserve the nations respect. They've earned that much.