GAINESVILLE -- So, everyone knows how UF quarterback Tim Tebow and linebacker Brandon Spikes said on Thursday they want to go undefeated this season, right? Well, on Friday it was a completely different tune. The goal was clear: "Get to Atlanta."
From back-up quarterback John Brantley to offensive tackles Matt Patchan and Carl Johnson to safety Major Wright, the message was the same. UF's goal in 2009 is to play for a Southeastern Conference championship. Moments before players spoke with reporters on Friday morning, UF coach Urban Meyer made a point to reiterate that goal to the team, so there wasn't any confusion among his players.
Smartly, Meyer took time on Friday to start talking up the Gators' second opponent, Troy. The Trojans of southeast Alabama are the favorites to win the Sun Belt conference. It could be a trap game for UF, considering UF plays Tennessee the next week.
[PICTURED, 2009 football poster. Surprisingly, no sign of SEC championship trophies.]
"The good thing is we're smart," Meyer said. "We're not dumb. Flip on the tape and [Troy] is beating LSU 31-10 in the second half. That team (Troy) has more pro prospects than some of the other teams we play."
If not for a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback in 2008, LSU would have lost to Troy in Baton Rouge. Troy went 8-5 last season, losing to Southern Miss 30-27 in the New Orleans Bowl.