Florida vs. LSU 2009: Is Tim Tebow the Key to the Game?

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It’s the dream matchup of the season, so far.

Florida vs. LSU in Death Valley.

No. 1 vs. No. 4.

This is our opportunity to see what the defending champion Gators are made of. Nobody’s come close to testing them this season as they started off playing a couple of cupcakes and taking care of business against two lightweights in the SEC. It’s almost unanimous in both polls that Florida is the No. 1 team in the land.

In the meantime, LSU’s played in a couple of barnburners against other SEC competition. The Tigers needed a goal-line stand late to hold of Mississippi State and a late touchdown to down the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens. They’ve been hearing all week how they might not be as good as their ranking shows.

So what might be the key to this game? No surprise here, but it’s Tim Tebow.

What’s surprising is why he might be the key.

Florida v Kentucky

Tebow suffered a concussion last week against Kentucky after hitting the back of his head on the knee of one of his linemen, knocking him unconscious. All week, we’ve been listening to “will he or won’t he” and head coach Urban Meyer has stated that he’ll wait until Saturday to decide if Tebow can go.

Well, Saturday’s here and his status is still up in the air. The team said he’ll play if he passes pregame medical tests. If Tebow can’t go, Florida will trot out sophomore John Brantley, a kid who’s played some mop-up duty in his first two years in the program and has seen some success.

But this is different. This is Baton Rouge, at night. It’s the biggest game of the season for an LSU team that’s sick and tired of feeling disrespected. This is not the time to be missing your experienced, Heisman-winning, senior quarterback if you’re the Gators.

If Tebow can play, expect Florida to play composed, run their offense nearly flawlessly, and come out with a win.

If Tebow can’t play, things might get interesting once the new polls are released tomorrow.

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