The Tim Tebow Memorial Saturday College Football Thread

Tim Tebow has been the most polarizing figure in college sports for the past few years. Of course for a Gator fan like me, it's easy. He's been a great, great COLLEGE football player (though not as great as people say he is.) Certainly one of the 20 best of all time. Tebow as a football player is great but annoying for fans of teams other than the Gators. And not just because of the worshipping of Tebow that is done by Gator fans and the Media. He is also incredibly fun to watch. He plays a tough and exciting style of football. He also does all that cheering and yelling that is annoying.

What also grates some people about Tebow is that he wears his religiosity on his sleeve (and on the black under his eyes.) Tebow really does great work. At the same time, we hear too much about it. And for a Democrat like me, knowing that Tebow is certainly a conservative Republican who will likely be a politician in the future (Governor of Florida is the least he can aspire to) is a bit dismaying. But that is for later. As a Gator fan, I am enjoying Tebow the football player, and he is a joy to watch. More . . .

Today Tim Tebow plays his last home game at Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin stadium, known (Steve Spurrier coined it) as The Swamp. For the Gator Nation, it is a huge day. That is is FSU Day is almost an afterthought, which is remarkable.

What I would like to know is what it is like to be Tebow's teammate. Because I think that is the ultimate question for an athlete. It's judged by winning first of course. And by that measure, Tebow is a great teammate. How great will be determined by his next 3 games. But the other part of being a teammate is not something we can ever know if we are not in the locker room.

In any event, if you are a Tebow hater, you are going to have a lot of grist for the mill today as Tebow is going to have a beatification day today in the Swamp, on ESPN Game Day and later on CBS. Oh by the way, there are football games today. Here are my picks:

Clemson travels to South Carolina today. Clemson is the better team. I think with a burst of emotion and a few breaks, the Gamecocks can beat them. I will take South Carolina (+3.5).

In another in state rivalry games, North Carolina travels to NC State. I like the Wolfpack (+6.5).

In a border war, Tennessee visits Kentucky. I like Kentucky (+3).

In a game that is important to Boise State (because of the BCS), Bedlam travels to Norman. I like Oklahoma State (+8) over the Oklahoma.

The Egg Bowl is in Starkville, Mississippi this year. I like the Mississippi State Bulldogs (+8) to keep it close.

Charlie Weis coaches his last game for Notre Dame tonight at Stanford Stadium. I like the Cardinal (-10).

Georgia ends its disappointing regular season in Atlanta against Georgia Tech. I think Tech (-8) pummels the Bulldogs (who buried UGA VI last week.)

UCLA and USC meet in the Colisuem today. I like the Trojans (-13).

Arkansas visits LSU is an pecking order for the bowls game. I like LSU (-3.5).

Missouri plays its border war game against an embattled Kansas team. I like the Tigers (-3.5).

Florida is a 24 point favorite over FSU. Seems a lot to me but FSU has a bad defense. I think I have to pick the Gators (-24).

All the other picks - South Florida (+7) over Miami, Navy (-10) over Hawaii, Troy (-10) over LA-Lafayette, Utah (+7.5) over BYU, Arizona State (+3) over Arizona, Wash State (+24.5) over UW, BC (+-6) over Maryland, and UVA (+15) over Va Tech.

This is an Open Thread.

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    Nicholas Cage's character in (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 10:43:23 AM EST
    "Bad Lieutenant" gambles big time on college football.  Especially LSU.  And I kinda knew what they were talking about, thanks to the best football blog out there.

    As a Gator fan (none / 0) (#2)
    by Socraticsilence on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 11:13:47 AM EST
    and a guy whose always been bothered by overt relgiousity I think the reason I give Tebow a pass is because he actually lives it, the guy goes to prisons, he spends his Summer's working with the poor, etc. he doesn't just mouth niceties then go party- he actually backs up what he says.

    Your a football addict (none / 0) (#3)
    by SOS on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 11:34:59 AM EST

    A great player (none / 0) (#4)
    by jondee on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 12:03:59 PM EST
    and several more bad concussions just waiting to happen, if he thinks the family values guy in the sky is going to continue to protect him while he runs like a power back.

    I would agree with you (none / 0) (#6)
    by CoralGables on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 04:29:27 PM EST
    to suggest that a 2 loss team, not even eligible for their conference Title game, was headed to the Fiesta Bowl rather than an undefeated Boise was little more than grasping at straws commentary.

    Has it been disclosed who gave (none / 0) (#7)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 10:18:47 PM EST
    Tim Tebow the flowers he ran out of the tunnel carrying?

    I think (none / 0) (#8)
    by CoralGables on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 10:29:36 PM EST
    all the seniors had them to give to their moms. It was senior day. When CBS went live to the game they were introducing Brandon Spikes who was coming out of the tunnel with flowers too.

    Ah. Ole Tim would like to hang around (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sat Nov 28, 2009 at 10:33:15 PM EST
    and play for his coach into eternity, per interview I heard.