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There is so much to read and watch every day on ESPN.com, it can make a sports fan dizzy with delight. This is especially true for Gator fans who like to keep up with news, analysis, recruiting, SEC rivals and their favorite former college players now starring the pros, including one in particular who has only become the most polarizing figure in modern sports culture (really, can any discussion of Tim Tebow occur without hyperbole?).
So without further adieu, we introduce The AggreGator. I'll check in from time to time to filter everything a Gator fan could want to click on from the Worldwide Leader.
Let's get started ...
COLLEGE HOOPS PODCAST: Eamonn Brennan and Dana O'Neil recap Wednesday night's overtime win for Florida, discuss the best student sections in the country (somehow they don't mention the Rowdy Reptiles) and preview the weekend. Florida guards Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton may not want to click on this one, as they get served a heaping dose of criticism for not sharing the ball with center Patric Young, who was obviously having his way with the Wildcats.
MIDSEASON MESSIAH? (Insider blog): Speaking of college hoops, the Gators are in contention to strike recruiting gold. Senior analyst/recruiting guru Dave Telep (an ESPN treasure) says Billy Donovan could find 6-foot-8 ESPNU 100 power forward Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn./Southwind) on his roster in January if -- and it's a big if -- Stokes picks Florida and is able to enroll early. The competition will be fierce with Stokes also considering Kentucky, UConn and home-state options in Tennessee and Memphis.
TIM TEBLOG (Insider): Ben Fawkes says Tim Tebow can certainly cover the spread as bettors are discovering. However, the Broncos have a tough matchup in Week 14 against the Chicago Bears in what will probably be a low-scoring affair. Check out the weekly Sweat Barometer, which measures how well NFL teams do against the spread -- and how much they will make you sweat when you bet them.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PODCAST: Ivan Maisel and Beano Cook discuss the upcoming bowl schedule and their votes for the Heisman Trophy. Of particular interest to Beano is the matchup between Florida and Ohio State in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl (around the 16:00 mark), because Beano says his friends in Florida are furious with Urban Meyer. Also, listen for Maisel's take on Gator great wide receiver Carlos Alvarez getting inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday (around the 20:00 mark). Maisel also gave us an engrossing read from the HOF ceremony, in which he touches on Alvarez and the family history of one of Florida's "Super Sophs."
COLLEGE FOOTBALL AWARDS PREVIEW: Mark Schlabach is here to get you ready for a parade of individual awards at "The Home Depot College Football Awards" show tonight (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET). He's got a list of the finalists for each award and which players should win -- plus who will win. The only drama for Florida fans is whether place-kicker Caleb Sturgis will win the Lou Groza Award for the nation's best kicker. Schlabach says he won't.
RECRUITING HINDSIGHT: Dave Hooker reviews the Class of 2011 by looking back at each member of the ESPNU 150 and what they did this season. There's also a video analysis from Tom Luginbill. Gator fans will remember Will Muschamp's efforts to close out his first class as something of a struggle in the wake of Meyer's resignation. Gator true freshmen represented on the list are: QB Jeff Driskel (No. 10 on the list), WR Ju'Juan Story (43), TE A.C. Leonard (61), RB Mike Blakely (74, transferred to Auburn), FS De'Ante Saunders (78), S Jabari Gorman (86) and CB Marcus Roberson (112), perhaps the best player in the class.
VOLLEYBALL: It's not everyday that women's college volleyball gets the national attention it deserves, as Gator fans can attest. Florida's Kelly Murphy breaks that glass ceiling as the subject of a feature by Mick Elliot. He writes about how Murphy, with a singular focus, has become one of the nation's best players and the one little girls in Gainesville emulate.
ROUNDBALL ROUNDTABLE: Our writers go around the country to answer five big questions about what's next in college basketball. Diamond Leung says the SEC East race should be tight because Florida hasn't lost much from its SEC Championship-winning team.
GONE TO THE DOGS? (Insider) Decommitted from UF recently, four-star running back Mike Davis is looking to visit the home-state Georgia Bulldogs. Mark Richt showed that the feeling is mutual and extended an offer. Gator fans are already reeling from a week's worth of bad news, so what's one more sharp stick in the eye?
There is so much to read and watch every day on ESPN.com, it can make a sports fan dizzy with delight. This is especially true for Gator fans who like to keep up with news, analysis, recruiting, SEC rivals and their favorite former college players now starring the pros, including one in particular who has only become the most polarizing figure in modern sports culture (really, can any discussion of Tim Tebow occur without hyperbole?