Explosive offenses are ready to roll



Oklahoma set an NCAA record with 702 points (an average of 54 points per game) and has scored at least 61 points in five consecutive games. Florida is third nationally in scoring offense (45.2) and became the first team in NCAA history to win eight consecutive games by at least 28 points.

While Florida boasts great speed, the second-ranked Sooners operate at a blink-of-the-eye pace. Their 54-points-per game average set a modern-day record.

With their linemen, receivers and backs rushing downfield, their no-huddle offense often leaves opponents gasping and disorganized. Teams are allowed 40 seconds to run a play; Oklahoma tries to snap the ball in half that time.


Florida's Tim Tebow was a freshman two years ago, backing up Chris Leak when the Gators stomped Ohio State for the national championship. Tebow won the Heisman last season and now will try to add a second title.

Tebow drew the most first-place votes in the Heisman balloting in December, but finished third overall. Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford took home the trophy -- he said his parents now have it somewhere in their house.

Bradford, a sophomore, also has submitted paperwork to the NFL's advisory board to see how highly he could get picked in the draft. Tebow and Bradford expect to make their decisions a few days after the big game.

Oklahoma has lost four consecutive BCS games, including two for the national title.


Sooners cornerback Dominique Franks went first, saying Tebow would be nothing more than the fourth-best quarterback in the Big 12. The next day, Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes called Big 12 defenses "a joke."

The Gators are No. 7 in total defense (279.3 ypg) and fourth in scoring defense (12.8 ppg), while Oklahoma is 62nd in total defense (359.1 ypg) and 58th in scoring defense (24.5 ppg). A big reason these teams are here is turnover margin: Oklahoma is No. 1 in the nation at plus-23, while Florida is No. 2 at plus-22.


1. For a team as fast and talented as Oklahoma, it's a surprise that its special teams are so mediocre.

2. These teams feast on turnovers. Florida has forced 33, Oklahoma 32. But both also take tremendous care of the ball: Oklahoma has committed just nine turnovers, Florida 11. Can either defense force two or three turnovers in this one?

3. Neither team has played since Dec. 6 -- 33 days ago. Typically, long layoffs hamper offenses.

4. Oklahoma's fast-paced attack could hamper Florida's substitution patterns on defense.

NO. 1 FLORIDA (12-1) VS. NO. 2 OKLAHOMA (12-1)

8 p.m. - Fox-Ch. 54

WHERE: Dolphin Stadium, Miami

LINE: Florida by 5

RECORD VS. BOWL TEAMS: Florida 9-1, Oklahoma 7-1

NCAA SCHEDULE STRENGTH: Florida 4th, Oklahoma 1st

COACHES: Florida -- Urban Meyer (4-1 in bowls); Oklahoma -- Bob Stoops (4-5 in bowls)



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