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Sweep contributors offer their quick picks for tonight's BCS National Championship Game:
Stewart Mandel: Florida 45, Oklahoma 27
Tim Tebow and the Gators' plethora of speed guys will exploit Oklahoma's suspect defenders in space, and for the first time since Texas, the Sooners will be facing a defense that can slow then down a bit.
Andy Staples: Oklahoma 45, Florida 38
Both offenses will score their share of points, and punts should be few and far between. The winner will force turnovers on defense and protect the ball on offense, and Oklahoma has done that better than anyone this season.
Cory McCartney: Florida 38, Oklahoma 35
With all the offensive firepower, somebody's going to have to get a big play on defense to win this thing, and that somebody is the Gators. The young Florida defense may, at times, get winded by the breakneck pace of the Sooners' no-huddle attack, but a group that had 34 interceptions will find a way to force Sam Bradford into at least one uncharacteristic mistake.
Arash Markazi: Oklahoma 38, Florida 35
I don't see any defense in the country being able to stop this Oklahoma offense. The Sooners set an NCAA record by scoring 60 points in five straight games and broke Hawaii's single-season scoring record of 656 in one less game by putting up a mind-boggling 702 points. They won't hang "half a hundred," as Barry Switzer used to famously say, but they'll hang just enough on Florida to return the "Big Game" moniker back to Bob Stoops' name.
Gennaro Filice: Florida 45, Oklahoma 35
Boasting the No. 3 scoring offense and the No. 4 scoring defense, Florida's certainly the more complete team. And in a battle between the last two Heisman Trophy winners, I'm rolling with the 2007 recipient, Tim Tebow, who will be the best player on the field. A healthy Percy Harvin is just the icing on the cake. Texas fans may recognize my predicted score ...
Bill Trocchi: Florida 44, Oklahoma 41
It is going to take a late touchdown drive from Mr. Tebow to get this one for the Gators. The Sooners are going to score, score, and score some more, but Florida will have the answer each time and will make a key special teams play that will set up or score points. Take the over (O/U 71.5), people.
Mark Beech: Florida 31, Oklahoma 24
I expect both teams to come out extremely fired up, but once that rush of adrenaline is gone, the game will be decided by which team's defense is more dominant. And in that case, I like the Gators very much. I just don't think the Sooners have seen a defense as good -- or as fast -- as Florida's.
Jay Christensen: Oklahoma 47, Florida 33
After a detailed examination of the terrifying SEC speed on display in the Sugar Bowl, I've come to the conclusion that somebody has been selling the American public a bill of goods. Turnovers ultimately dictate the winner in these games, and I'm banking on the underdog Sooners to keep their mistakes to a minimum.