One thing I’m not going to predict is whether Tim Tebow starts Saturday night. Let’s just say I won’t be shocked if he does, I won’t be shocked if he doesn’t.Way to take a stand. You know the topic as well as anyone, but won't provide an educated guess? Who cares if you're wrong? Will you lose your job? No. Will Meyer not talk with you? No.
And I'm not even concerned with whether Andreu thinks Tebow will START -- in fact, I don't think anyone thinks that. I want to know if Andreu thinks Tebow will PLAY... at all.
I don't think it's too much to ask the hometown beat reporter to offer up a prediction -- or at least some dogged connect-the-dots reporting of the between-the-lines coachspeak that would give us some insights into which way he thinks the coaches and medical staff are leaning -- on this. If he isn't going to make a prediction, he should at least point readers to the relevant evidence that will help them make their OWN prediction.
Robbie redeems himself with what comes next, which echoes something I've been saying for two weeks:
But I will predict this: the Gators are good enough to win this game without Tebow. They’re better on both lines of scrimmage than LSU, they’re better on defense, they’re better on special teams.Amen to that. And he seconds my take that Meyer's "Plan to Win" has never been about Tebow exclusively, but areas of the game where the Gators can excel -- with or without Tebow:
Meyer’s plan to win will be in full effect for this one. That means play strong defense, take care of the football, score in the red zone, win special teams and the battle for field position.
Most of all, I love that he agrees with my opinion that the Gators will win the game:
So, here’s the prediction. It won’t be pretty (unless you really love defensive football), but the Gators will have enough to get it done no matter who starts at quarterback: Florida 24, LSU 21.Read the whole thing -- while the opening frustrated me, Andreu's analysis is nuanced and dead-on. And I'm not just saying that because I've been spouting similar theories all week.
My official game prediction is coming tomorrow. If you've been keeping up here, it won't surprise you.