|2009 Troy at Florida Point Spread Odds, Betting Trends & Matchup|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Tuesday, 08 September 2009 08:58|
The competition isn't expected to get much tougher in their second game Saturday when the top-ranked Gators host Troy.
Oddsmakers from online sports book SBGGLOBAL have made
Expectations have soared at
Tebow completed 10 of 15 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a score - the 44th of his career.
"It's hard to evaluate that game," coach Urban Meyer said.
This game could have a similar outcome.
The Trojans, who opened this year with last Thursday's 31-14 loss to
One of those defeats came at the hands of
In the only other meeting between these schools, the then-No. 4 Gators beat
Tebow completed 18 of 25 passes for 236 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 93 yards and two scores. He would go on to win the Heisman Trophy that year.
"They may have the best football coach in
That defense gave up 323 yards in the opener and looked nothing like the unit that slowed down Heisman winner Sam Bradford and
The Gators used limited formations in their offensive and defensive packages, trying not to show too much for future opponents to scout.
One offensive unit that they previewed a few times was their new banzai package, a version of
After preparing for the Sooners' up-tempo, quick-snap offense for last season's championship game,
"What you saw Saturday was the tip of the iceberg as far as what's available to us," Meyer said.
Meyer believes it's something his staff will unveil more and more each week, possibly even to the point where it becomes an every-down deal.
"We like it, we feel comfortable with it and it's been fun because it gives us a different tempo, a different style," Tebow said. "You get up on the ball and go play again and hit them in the mouth again. It's good."
Even if the Gators only use the banzai package a few times this week, it's still one more thing for overmatched
The Trojans allowed 389 yards against the Falcons and were run over for 500 in their last meeting with the Gators.
"We're going to try to improve a whole lot from the last time we went," defensive end Brandon Lang said. "I feel like we're a much better team than we were the first time we went. We have got the players and the talent. We just have to show up and play."
Posted: 9/8/09 1:58PM ET