NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There's only one unbeaten team in the Sugar Bowl, and it's not the one everybody's talking about.
Although, Cincinnati is 12-0 and the champion of the Big East, the Bearcats have been largely overshadowed by the focus on Tim Tebow's last college game and Urban Meyer's retirement-turned-indefinite leave (more).
Tebow, who has called Meyer his father away from home, plans on spending some quality time with Meyer after season. "Hopefully, I'll beat him in golf a few times," Tebow said.
Offensive coordinator Steve Addazio will be the interim coach in Meyer's absence. "Everyone is behind him. It's a rallying cry to do well for Coach Addazio, too," continued Tebow. "Everyone is behind him 100 percent."
Meanwhile, Cincinnati receiver Mardy Gilyard says he understands why the Florida Gators are attracting most of the attention in New Orleans. Gilyard says the Gators have an extraordinary team and a proud history, including two national titles in the past four seasons.
Gilyard says the Bearcats will have to earn their way into the limelight by beating Florida on Friday, much like Utah did a year earlier against Alabama.
Tim Tebow -- Manning Finalist (more)
Tim Tebow (Florida, Senior) is looking to become the first repeat winner of the Manning Award after taking home the honor last season as a junior. On the season, he has completed 182-of-279 passes for 2,413 yards with 18 touchdowns and five interceptions. On the ground, Tebow has 203 carries for 859 yards and 13 touchdowns, bringing him to 56 for his career which broke the SEC rushing touchdown record that was held by Herschel Walker (Georgia, 1980-82). He has also set the SEC career record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 2,896. Tebow's career passer rating of 168.5 currently ranks No. 1 in SEC history (min. 300 completions). He has recorded both rushing and passing touchdowns in seven games this season, including two of each against Georgia as well as two rushing and three passing against Florida State. He passed for a season-high four touchdowns against Troy and has now thrown a scoring pass in 38 of 40 career starts. Tebow will lead the Gators to face Cincinnati in the Allstate Sugar Bowl on Fox, Jan. 1 at 8 p.m. on Fox 29.