Who Needs Offense?: For the Florida Gators, Defense Is All That Matters

Viresh PatelContributor INovember 18, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 14:  Brandon Spikes #51 of the Florida Gators looks on during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 14, 2009 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators have now won 20 games in a row. Let me repeat: 20 games in a row.

The Gators' last loss was Sept. 27, 2008. That is ridiculous. Why this team catches so much heat is unreal.  

Yes, I understand their offense is not what it once was. Their red-zone touchdown percentage is horrible. But they win games. Winning a game ugly is still winning.

Would Gator fans rather have the offense put up 40 points and lose? I don't think so. 

Everyone is waiting for this offense to start clicking. Guess what? It's not gonna happen. Would you rather have your team win five games in a row by 30 points, or would you rather have your team win 20 in a row by a mere field goal each game?

Experts and fans alike need to come to terms with the fact that this offense is not great. The Gator offense is not explosive. The Gator offense is not going to do anything spectacular. The Gator offense is not anything special.

So what? Get over it.

The Gator defense is better now than it was in 2006. This Gator defense is better than it was last year.  Everybody is so worried about the offense, we've all overlooked the best defense in the nation. This team puts itself in a position to allow the defense to win games.

On 4th-and-2, on their own 28, with a minute and a half left in the game, make no mistake—the Gators are punting. They will put it on their defense to win the game. Why everyone is talking about their offense is unbelievable.

Last year, everyone seemed to talk about the Oklahoma Sooners' record-breaking offense. The Sooners offense put up 712 points on the season, averaging 54.7 points per game. They ended their season by putting up over 60 points in each of their final five games.

Their Heisman-winning quarterback threw for 4,800 yards and 48 touchdowns to just six interceptions. They had two running backs put up over 1,000 yards of offense.

How could anyone stop a record breaking offense like this? The rest is history. Florida held Oklahoma to a mere 14 points in the BCS championship game. In that game, the Gators did not put up eye-popping numbers on offense. Their defense won the game.  

With that said, stop waiting for this offense to all of the sudden become explosive. Let's face it, the Gator offense is not that good, and it is not going to get much better. But the Gator defense is great. It is everything you could want in a defense. It wins games, and it does not allow teams to get into the end zone.

Throughout the history of college football, many things have changed. Teams have risen and fallen. Quarterbacks have come and gone. Running backs have gotten bigger and faster. Records have been broken.

One thing remains the same, though.

Defense wins championships.