The hopes of a repeat BCS Title for the Florida Gators are over as the Alabama Crimson Tide handled the Florida Gators 32-13 in the SEC Championship. The game was never in doubt as the Crimson Tide turned once Heisman favorite Tim Tebow from Superman to pedestrian in only four quarters.
A somber Tebow noted that Alabama was simply better, citing a dominating performance on offense, defense, and special teams.
Maybe Florida should take note of taking on a contender during their season.
While both teams took an easy route to Atlanta for the SEC Championship, Alabama put a solid bump in their road with a neutral site game against defending ACC Champion Virginia Tech.
Florida on the other hand put their tough game against a mediocre Florida State squad.
The beauty of this scheduling decision showed the Crimson Tide true diversity and how to overcome a challenge from a strong football team. Virginia Tech gave Alabama a run for their money and their team responded.
The same way they responded to Florida.
As Tebow leaves Atlanta without his opportunity at a BCS Title, this should show all Athletic Directors the value of a challenging out-of-conference schedule. Teach your team to handle the pressure and they'll grow stronger as the season continues.
If you don't, expect them to crumble when it counts the most.
Florida crumbled under the pressure of Alabama, led by their quarterback Tim Tebow. Tebow was shut down in an offense specifically designed for his strengths. His interview after the game while he was crying showed the difference between the mentally tough and physically tough.
Tebow may be the strongest player on his team in the weight room, but his ability to lead his team as "the guy" will always be questioned following this loss.
As much as people want to praise Tebow's "two national titles," the fact is that Chris Leak and the Gator Defense beat Ohio State. His second national title was won again by the Gator defense and Percy Harvin.
There's no question that Harvin and Louis Murphy's departure showed how good Tim Tebow truly is during this season.
This game showed it even further: 20/35 246 yards 1 TD, 1 INT. All of these numbers have been padded as Florida continued to play down and Alabama played off the Florida receivers.
For the first time this season, Tim Tebow needed to win this game for his team, he couldn't. Florida's defense couldn't stop Alabama, and Tim Tebow couldn'twin the game for his team.
I guess that's why he's crying now.