Greg McElroy or Tim Tebow? Gators or Crimson Tide?

Aaron ShawContributor IDecember 4, 2009

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Currently the collegiate football realm has been buzzing with the glory that Tim Tebow has expressed in his effort once again as he claims to be inducted into college football greatness. Last season it was the loss to Ole Miss that made the Gators team step up and play as if they were depending on it. They finished the season 11-1 and unstoppable. For the second season, Tebow and the Florida Gators have surpassed what is expected and gained a greater reasoning as they have completed an entire season undefeated as a program.

But wait! We are forgetting that in an effort to make the SEC greater than the rest of the other conferences through-out college football they have over-loaded the conference and made it so that the season, for some is not complete until after the SEC championship game is played. Well this year the Gators are to face as SEC contenders the Alabama Crimson Tide once again, but with a twist.

Despite losing last season to the only team in the SEC with any considerable amount of contingency, the Florida Gators, the Crimson Tide once again have brought themselves to being undefeated and playing for the SEC championship as well as a spot to play in the national championship game.

What’s different?

Well this year, as Tim Tebow has considered to continue to play college football rather than to being accepted in the NFL he really hasn’t anything to play for as the Gators are undefeated as well facing an undefeated Crimson Tide program again. Although this season for the Gators has been high scoring as last season where the Gators averaged 42 points a game, the Gators have yet to run into any trouble on the season thus far as that average has been reduced to 35 points a game. This will be a real clash of the Titans as both teams are expecting to enter into the national championship game.


Greg McElroy is the starter for the Crimson Tide as John Parker Wilson has left Bama to pursue football as a professional QB in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons. When compared to Tebow as a starting QB this season, McElroy seems to have a better understanding of pocket-presence under the influence of Alabama play calling is considered, as he leads the two in yards passing with 2211 seasonal yards passing versus Tebows’ 2166 yards passing on the 09 season. Where Tebow will run and try to gain those extra yards McElroy will stay and try to find time to allow his receivers time to become open. When in doubt the Crimson tide will resort to a high-powered rushing attack. Last season it was with Glen Coffee who rushed for 112 yards in the SEC Championship game against the gators, this season it will be the talented Mark Ingram who has already rushed for 1429 yards and 12 TDs.