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FedEx BCS National Championship Game: Oklahoma (11-1) vs. Florida (11-1)

12/7/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

All season long, Oklahoma has been driven by its recent bowl disappointments.

Some of that determination was forged by embarrassing back-to-back BCS bowl losses. It's part of a losing streak of four-straight BCS bowl games for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops.

The Sooners battled back from a midseason loss to Texas that many thought would doom their chances of playing for the BCS national title this season. But they've erupted with a record-breaking offense that has piled up at least 61 points in each of their last five games.

Sam Bradford and his talented array of offensive weapons will be challenged by a Florida defense that ranks no worse than 16th in any of the major four team defensive statistical categories. The Gators have a big, mobile defensive front that will test Oklahoma's mammoth front.

The Sooners have struggled defensively at times this season before coming up with several strong performances down the stretch to enable them to claim the Big 12 title. Despite allowing more points than any previous defense in the Stoops era, the Sooners have shown a knack for producing big plays, ranking first nationally in turnover margin, third in sacks and eighth in tackles for losses.

That unit will be tested by Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and all of his offensive weapons, particularly multi-talented Percy Harvin who should be healthy for the BCS title game.

It will be the first time that Stoops has ever coached against Florida, where he served as Steve Spurrier's assistant before coming to the Sooners.

A national championship would enable Stoops to regain some of the "Big Game Bob" stature he's lost in recent seasons. It's why he's driven for this championship more than any other.