GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida's John Brantley and Florida State's Christian Ponder are getting plenty of support, at least off the field.Comment on this story
Coaches and teammates defend the quarterbacks at every turn. The Gators (7-4) insist their offensive problems aren't Brantley's fault, pointing to other issues. The Seminoles (8-3) believe Ponder's drop-off is exaggerated, saying his increased win total is all that matters.
This much is certain: Neither quarterback has lived up to expectations.
Brantley was supposed to replace Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and keep Florida in the championship hunt. Ponder was supposed to be a Heisman candidate and lead Florida State back to national prominence.
Instead, they're squaring off in one of the rivals' least meaningful matchups in years.