Florida's Meyer says he may borrow a page from Oklahoma's offense

Published: Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 2:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 2:23 p.m.

Miami, Fla. -- Look for a little Big 12-style offense to find its way into Florida's plans.

Gators coach Urban Meyer, in the day-after-the-championship meeting with reporters, said Florida could incorporate some of the no-huddle spread that produced an abundance of points and yards in Big 12 play this season.

Meyer now has faced the offense in person and conquered it in Thursday's 24-14 victory over Oklahoma. But the architect of the spread option has an open mind when it comes to attacking defenses.

"I've really been intrigued by the no-huddle, by the up-tempo, and we went to that during the first week of the last spring ball," Meyer said. "I sent (offensive coordinator) Dan Mullen to Missouri, and he came back with the mechanics of it."

Florida handled Oklahoma's high-tempo offense better than the ACC officiating crew. The Sooners had difficulty finding a rhythm in the first quarter partly because the crew didn't seem ready when Oklahoma started a play.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops, who has been measured in his criticisms during the years — remember the 2005 finish at Texas Tech and the 2006 debacle at Oregon— spoke matter-of-factly about the issue.

"I thought that had clock issues, they waved off a flag," Stoops said. "Whatever. It interrupted play quite a bit."

Texas moves up

A couple of months later than Texas wanted, but the Longhorns got the final word in the polls by finishing ahead of Oklahoma.

In the Associated Press poll released early Friday morning, Texas finished fourth, the Sooners fifth.

The final polling also reflected the level of dominance in the BCS games. The top three teams — Florida, Utah and Southern California — were double-digit winners of their games.

The Longhorns needed a gutsy, last-minute drive to upend Ohio State by three.

In the USA Today poll of coaches, Southern California finished second followed by Southern California, Texas and Utah.

Missouri made the biggest move among Big 12 teams, jumping from 25th to No. 19 in AP. The Tigers finished No. 16 in the USA Today poll of coaches.

Oklahoma finished fifth in both polls. Nebraska and Kansas received votes but not enough to crack the top 25.

Immediate odds

Not long after celebrating Florida left the field, the first Las Vegas odds arrived, with estimations on betting lines involving the Gators against top teams if the games were played today, which, presumably means taking into account perceptions based on bowl results.

According to RJ Bell of Pregame.com, Florida would be favored on a neutral field by four over Southern California, five over Oklahoma, 11 over Texas, 13 over Alabama and 14 over Utah.

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