Best of 2007: Florida Claims National Titles in FB and BB

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Best of 2007: Florida Claims National Titles in FB and BB January 8th, 2007, the Ohio State Buckeyes came into the BCS National Championship Game against Florida with the Heisman Trophy winner, an unblemished record, and playmakers at every position.

The point spread was large, and the prognosticators agreed that the Gators were lucky to have even been picked for the game in the first place.

For a month, Urban Meyer pounded that disrespect into his football team’s head.

It worked.

After a Ted Ginn touchdown on the opening kickoff, the Gators stole the show.

41 points and countless big plays later, the Gators owned another National Championship. The game wasn’t even close.

In March, meanwhile, the Florida basketball team launched an improbable run at a second consecutive national title—something that hadn’t been achieved since Duke did it in the early 90s.

Making the story even more special was the fact that three Gators starters—Al Horford, Joakim Noah, and Corey Brewer—all bypassed likely lottery selections to come back to school.

With a huge target on their backs, the Gators simply played their game, blocking shots, scoring in transition, and hitting threes en route to the championship tilt.

Ironically, their opponent in the title game was the familiar Ohio State Buckeyes.  And once again, the contest wasn't close.

When the dust cleared, the Gators had become the first school to win National Championships in basketball and football in the same year.  While it can be painful for opponents to hear, the old Gainesville saying has never been more correct:

It’s great to be a Florida Gator.

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