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The Florida Gators were 2006 National Champions
Fall's first BCS rankings for 2006 gave the Ohio State Buckeyes the No. 1 rank. This team stayed that way for the entire 2006 season. Led by quarterback Troy Smith, a Heisman trophy winner, Ohio State played to perfection, ending regular season play at 12-0 and a national championship meeting with the Florida Gators.
So where were the Gators in the October BCS standings? If you look, you won't find them in the Top 5. Following the Buckeyes at No. 1 were the USC Trojans at No. 2, Michigan at No. 3, Auburn at No. 4, and West Virginia at No. 5. Enter: Florida ranked at No. 6.
National championship game:
Florida versus Ohio State
This was a game that had fans from both teams chomping on their Tostitos.
The Buckeyes struck first when receiver Ted Ginn Jr. returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown. But this would be a play plagued with a costly blunder. During the celebration, Ginn was injured and taken out for the remainder of the game.
Florida quickly rebounded with their quarterback Chris Leak leading the Gators and a young Tim Tebow anxiously awaiting his turn from the sidelines. At the end of the half, Tebow sprung, tossing the ball in his signature style for a 1-yard touchdown pass. The Gators took a 34-14 lead at the half. There was no score in the third quarter and the single score in the entire second half came again from Tebow with 10 minutes left. He bolted through the Buckeyes' defense for a one yard touchdown that gave the Gators the win and a National Championship (41-14).