Ranking the SEC’s BCS Championship winners: 2006 Florida Gators

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SEC’s BCS Championship Teams:

#8 SEC BCS Championship team

2006 Florida Gators 13-1

Head coach: Urban Meyer
Offensive coordinator: Dan Mullen
Defensive coordinator: Co-DC Charlie Strong, Co-DC Greg Mattison
Average margin of victory: 17.5 PPG
FBS’ opponents record: 108-61 (.639)
Wins vs. Top 25 teams in final AP Poll (5): #2 Ohio State, #3 LSU, #15 Arkansas, #23 Georgia, #25 Tennessee
Key stats: 29.7 PPG offense (#23 CFB), 13.5 PPG defense (6th CFB),
1st and 2nd round draft picks: Jarvis Moss (1st), Reggie Nelson (1st), Derrick Harvey (1st), Tim Tebow (1st), Percy Harvin (1st), Jermaine Cunningham (2nd), Brandon Spikes (2nd)

Team buzz: The Gators were led by an elite defense, a veteran quarterback in Chris Leak and spectacular freshmen play from Percy Harvin and Tim Tebow. Remember, Florida needed help in order to even get into the game heading into the last week, and Michigan provided that help with a loss to Ohio State, and UCLA upset USC, thrusting Florida in the championship game. The only loss came to an 11-win Auburn team during the regular season.

Florida throttled the Buckeyes in the national championship 41-14, thanks to a suffocating defense that made Heisman winner Troy Smith look silly. Ohio State mounted just 82 yards of total offense in what would become one of the most dominant championship games in history.

Team Schedule

Sept. 2: Florida 34, Southern Miss 7 (Gainesville)
Sept. 9: Florida 42, Central Florida 0 (Gainesville)
Sept. 16: Florida 21, #13 Tennessee 20 (Knoxville)
Sept. 23: Florida 26, Kentucky 7 (Gainesville)
Sept. 30: Florida 28, Alabama 13 (Gainesville)
Oct. 7: Florida 23, #9 LSU 10 (Gainesville)
Oct. 14: #11 Auburn 27, Florida 17 (Auburn)
Oct. 28: Florida 21, #25 Georgia 14 (Jacksonville)
Nov. 4: Florida 25, Vanderbilt 19 (Nashville)
Nov. 11: Florida 17, South Carolina 16 (Gainesville)
Nov. 18: Florida 62, Western Carolina 0 (Gainesville)
Nov. 25: Florida 21, Florida State 14 (Tallahassee)
Dec. 2: Florida 38, #8 Arkansas 28 (SEC CG, Atlanta)
Jan. 8: Florida 41, #1 Ohio State 14 (BCS NCG, Glendale)

Offensive starters

  • QB Chris Leak
  • RB DeShawn Wynn
  • WR Jermalle Cornelius
  • WR Andre Caldwell
  • WR Dallas Baker
  • TE Tate Casey
  • LT Phil Trautwein
  • LG Jim Tartt
  • C Steve Rissler
  • RG Drew Miller
  • RT Carlton Medder

Defensive starters

  • DE Derrick Harvey
  • DT Ray McDonald
  • DT Steven Harris
  • DE Jarvis Moss
  • WLB Earl Everett
  • MLB Brandon Siler
  • SLB Brian Crum
  • CB Reggie Lewis
  • CB Ryan Smith
  • SS Tony Joiner
  • FS Reggie Nelson

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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