Nine weeks into the college football season and Bulldog Nation has been reduced to the following math equation: Questionable targeting calls + a loss at Vanderbilt = the following image…
The Georgia Bulldogs get a week off before their annual gridiron war with the Florida Gators. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, what is normally a pivotal SEC East game has become the “World’s Largest Outdoor Pity Party”. Georgia and Florida have combined for six losses before the end of October.
As a result, it is time for a round of fact or fiction to ease the pain.
The Winner of the Georgia-Florida Game is Still a Factor in the SEC East. Fiction. No matter which team wins in Jacksonville, the Florida Gators still have to play the South Carolina Gamecocks, and the Georgia Bulldogs must contend with the Auburn Tigers. New Auburn head coach, Gus Malzahn, has the Tigers at 6-1, and they beat Texas A&M in week eight.
Alabama Will Earn Their Third Straight BCS National Championship. Fact. Nick Saban has proven discipline leads to dominance. There is not a team in college football more consistent than the Crimson Tide. Alabama does not have many more hurdles to overcome to get to Pasadena, California.
Ohio State Will Challenge the Tide. Fiction. Ohio State is a great offensive team, however, the Buckeyes do not have much of a defense. Even if Ohio State gets through the regular season undefeated, Buckeye fans must root for both Florida State and Oregon to lose. Keep an eye on Urban Meyer folks, he is likely to start beating the opposition by as much as possible to rack up style points.
Florida State is Back. Fact. The Noles destroyed Clemson, and left the Tigers laying in Death Valley. Quarterback Jameis Winston may not be ready for the BCS stage yet, but Florida State is talented enough to beat anyone, including Alabama. Unfortunately for FSU, if they do play Alabama for all the marbles, Nick Saban will have plenty of time to prepare for Famous Jameis.
Long Live the BCS! Fiction. The notion that anyone will miss the Bowl Championship Series is almost as ridiculous as the claim that a playoff would adversely affect a student athlete’s ability to study for an exam. The playoffs will make money, the television ratings will be phenomenal, and the passionate fans of college football will finally get the finale we deserve.