Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A tearful Tim Tebow promised the Florida fans this back on Sept. 27.
Ole Miss had just come into the Swamp and shocked the Gators, and Tebow along with the rest of his teammates were struggling to find answers.
The Gators' Heisman Trophy winner didn't vow that they would win the rest of their games. He didn't guarantee that they would average 49.5 points along the way. He didn't promise that the Gators would put themselves in a position where they control their own destiny as far as getting to the BCS National Championship Game.
But he did promise that fans would see a different Florida football team the rest of the way.
"What I said was something I could control, and that was that we were going to play with a passion, an enthusiasm and love for the game like this university has never seen before," Tebow said. "I knew I could control beyond a shadow of a doubt my effort, our team's effort and the kind of intensity we play with.
"I said what I said to give our fans confidence and our team confidence that we were going to come out and play with the kind of effort and passion that we're playing with right now."
Call Tebow a prophet, because since that disappointing September day, there hasn't been a better or more complete team in college football.
The Gators are doing it with an offense that has scored 42 or more points in its last five games, but they're also doing it with a defense and special teams that are playing at a level that reminds everybody around here of the 2006 national championship team.
"The defense is making it easy for us," Tebow said.
The Gators were up 21-0 Saturday against South Carolina and only had to drive a total of 27 yards for those three touchdowns. Linebacker Brandon Spikes scored the first touchdown on a 12-yard interception return. The second touchdown came after Brandon Hicks tipped a pass, and Ahmad Black intercepted it. The Gators took over at the Gamecocks' 26, and Percy Harvin scored on the next play.
The third touchdown came after James Smith recovered South Carolina's errant lateral on a kickoff return at the 1-yard line.
"It's 1 yard, 26 yards and 14 yards," Florida coach Urban Meyer said. "It's great defense and great special teams. Kids are buying in and making plays and causing a lot of short fields."
For Harvin, who scored on touchdown runs of 80 and 26 yards, he's starting to get used to taking it easy in the second half.
"I think I've played one series the last five or six games," Harvin said. "Just being on the sidelines in the second half and knowing you're beating teams like this is pretty cool. There's not a greater feeling."
The Gators have now outscored opponents 101-0 in the first quarter during their six-game winning streak. They've allowed just two first-half touchdowns all season.
"We were tired of hearing (the Gamecocks) were the SEC's No. 1 defense going against the SEC's No. 1 offense," Florida cornerback Joe Haden said. "We feel like we have the best defense in the SEC and wanted to come out and show that."
It's doubtful he'll get many arguments.