And The 2008 Heisman Trophy Winner is...

Jeffrey McDanielCorrespondent IDecember 5, 2008

That's Tim Tebow, or the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner. 

He plays for the Florida Gators, or the best team in college football.

Now before everyone pulls out their Jump to Conclusions Mat, let me say this.  I hate Florida.  I hate seeing them succeed. 

I loved watching them lose to Ole Miss, watching Tebow struggle and subsequently fail to pick up the first down in the waning seconds of that game.

See, I remember hearing Gary Danielson of CBS near the end of Florida's thumping of Tennessee, which doesn't look so bad next to the Gators' blowouts of Georgia and LSU, all but offer to give Tebow a postgame rubdown.

It was at that point that I began hoping to see the ESPN Bottom line read something like, "Florida QB Tim Tebow arrested following discovery of illegal narcotics and several prostitutes at his Gainesville apartment."

I was growing tired of seeing all the puff pieces on College Gameday and elsewhere, labelling Tebow as this squeaky clean, choir-boy/missionary who happens to be a really good quarterback, when he's not standing in on third-world surgical procedures or preaching to inmates.

Tebow was just too good to be true.  There had to be a skeleton in his closet.

If Florida could lose to Ole Miss, who else might they lose to?

Of course, no one knew how good Ole Miss was at that point.

But then, Tebow made his tearful proclamation to the media.  He would not let his team lose.

In a time when players guarantee victories, only to lose by three touchdowns, Tebow's words were to be taken with a grain of salt.

Only Tebow meant those words.  He hated losing.  He hated that his team might be out of the National Championship mix.  But he could do something about it.

And he did.

Since the loss to Ole Miss, Tebow has thrown 19 touchdown passes against just two interceptions.  During that same time, he has rushed for almost 400 yards and another 10 touchdowns.

Now while those aren't exactly Heisman numbers, his leadership of the Gator offense is.  Since the loss to Ole Miss, Florida has scored 414 points, including 56 against South Carolina, then ranked third nationally in total defense.

Also consider that Tebow has to date thrown 104 fewer passes and 73 fewer rushing attempts than he did in 2007. 

Statistically speaking, Archie Griffin's 1975 season was less impressive than his 1974 season when he won his second Heisman Trophy.

The Big three out of the Big 12 seem to be the collective favorites.  Graham Harrell, Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford all have better numbers, but they've been playing against  Mickey Mouse defenses all year. 

Meanwhile, Tebow has shredded some of the best defenses in the country, and on Saturday, he'll continue his march to the National Title against Alabama.

And Florida will beat Alabama.  The Crimson Tide have narrowly escaped against LSU and Ole Miss, neither of which is as strong offensively as the Gators. 

Florida's loss to Ole Miss was a fluke at the time, but has since revealed that the Rebels are a legitimate threat to Alabama's SEC West title next season.

Tebow should be the favorite to win the Heisman, just like Florida is the favorite to win the National Title.  The Big 12's best don't stand a chance against the Gators, who are the most complete team in the nation.

As much as I hate to say it.