Check this image of Florida's Tim Tebow being down at the Arkansas' 19-yard line and a yard short of a first down in the closing minute of Saturday's game in Gainesville. When the Southeastern Conference officiating crew marked the ball, the Gators were given a first down!
This is at least the fourth officiating error — all which went against Arkansas — in the final eight minutes of the game, won by Florida, 23-20.
The series of calls were so egregious that even Terrell Owens posted this comment on his Twitter feed while watching the telecast:
"Refs r str8 CHEATING n this florida/arkansas game!! A phantom P.I. call on #26, personal foul on #96 & no OPI call on UF's #11!"
It's tough enough to beat Florida in Gainesville, and it's next to impossible when the officiating crew is putting the screws to you. Check out two calls and one non-call in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game, won by Gators, 23-20. Florida had to rally from a 20-13 deficit in the final eight minutes, and each of these plays were part of Florida's comeback.
Arkansas was flagged 10 times for 92 yards. Florida had three infractions for 16 yards.
It makes you wonder how level the playing field is in the Southeastern Conference.
A look at Florida's Tim Tebow getting knocked out after being hit by Kentucky's Taylor Wyndham during Saturday's game in Lexington. Wyndham's hit sends Tebow crashing into left knee of tackle Marcus Gilbert, and the quarterback suffers a concussion. He was hospitalized overnight and released. Southeastern Conference officials have ruled that the hit was clean.
One always hates to see players get hurt, but with the Gators leading, 31-7, deep in the third quarter, you have to wonder why Tebow was in the game. It's even more curious when you consider Tebow was suffering from flu-like symptoms late in the week and flew to Lexington on a plane separate from the team.
Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford flew to Birmingham late Friday and was to meet Saturday morning with renowned sports surgeon James Andrews, according to a report by Christian Steckel of WAPT-TV in Jackson, Miss.
Bradford sprained the AC joint in his right throwing shoulder before halftime of the Sooners' 14-13 loss to Brigham Young on Sept. 5. The Heisman Trophy winner has sat out the last two games. Oklahoma has a bye this week.
"There is no talk of surgery that we know of on the record, this is further evaluation on the original injury," Steckel said. "He wants to return to play next week [against Miami] and he's been in consultation with Dr. Andrews from the beginning, but he's going to make an appearance in front of him on this so he can make a better evaluation."
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and safety Major Wright have come down with flu-like symptoms. The team plays Saturday night at Kentucky, and the players flew to Lexington on a plane separate from the team, according to Kyle Maistri of the Florida Independent Alligator.