The stakes are huge


Published: Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at 11:38 p.m.

One coach will make history tonight.

Either Bob Stoops or Urban Meyer will become the first coach to win two national titles since the BCS came into existence in 1998.

"It's very humbling," Florida's Meyer said. "Other than that, I just worry about third down-and-6 and making sure our punt team is ready to go."

Asked what it means to him, Stoops said, "Well, nothing unless we're the one that wins it."

The two hottest teams in college football finally meet for the first time in the history of the two schools tonight in the BCS National Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium. It's the same place where Oklahoma won a national crown for Stoops in 2001 and the last place Steve Spurrier coached for Florida.

Oklahoma is going for its eighth national title, Florida for its third and second in three years. The SEC could make it three in a row with a Florida win.

"It's representing for your conference and representing for your schedule and how tough it can be all year long," Florida quarterback Tim Tebow said. "I think there's just pride in that."

Neither team has played a game since winning their respective conference title games Dec. 6. After a week of hearty meals and heavy practices, it's finally here.

Not only is it a battle between No. 1 and No. 2, it's a matchup of the last two Heisman Trophy winners in Tebow and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford.

In other words, this game has it all, including some verbal skirmishes in the days leading up to the game.

Buckle up.

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