"We know the target's on our back and we're ready," linebacker Brandon Spikes said. "Everybody's been looking forward to this day. ... It's just like Christmas."
Spikes and quarterback Tim Tebow plan to make certain that doesn't happen. Tebow and Spikes, team captains who decided to return for their senior seasons, led offseason workouts and never shied away from their goal of helping the program to its first undefeated season.
"It's a big goal," Spikes said. "It's something I think about every day. Our whole summer we've been stressing this. My job is to make sure the guys don't get satisfied. We've got to keep striving and push that rock back to the top of the hill."