Published December 2, 2012 - 10:30am
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So, we’re back to this – another BCS debate. This time it involves two teams within the same side of their division in Florida and Georgia for the SEC’s second BCS at-large selection. Does Florida deserve a BCS at-large bid with their 11-1 record and the best resume in all of college football, or does the 11-2 Eastern division champs Bulldogs deserve a shot to play in the Sugar Bowl? It’s certainly an interesting debate that we’ll see play out tonight.
The SEC has six 10-win teams, with Alabama, Florida and Georgia all eclipsing the 11-win mark. Any one of the remaining five is worthy to be the SEC’s second at-large selection in the BCS. Florida is the #4 team in the country, and they are the #3 team in their own conference. That’s just amazing.
#4 Florida (11-1, 7-1)
Ranked Wins: #7 LSU, #10 South Carolina, at #9 Texas A&M, at #13 Florida State
#3 Georgia (11-2, 7-1)
Ranked Wins: #2 Florida
Will Georgia’s massive performance that came up 5 yards short in Atlanta influence voters enough to keep Georgia ranked ahead of Florida? The Bulldogs will need a big vote from the human polls (two thirds of the BCS poll) in order to make that happen, and that still might not be enough because the computer rankings – the remaining third of the BCS rankings – has had Florida at #1 and #2 for much of the year.
Nick Saban certainly lobbied for Georgia last night, and he said it’s ridiculous that Georgia wouldn’t get that second BCS bowl in the SEC.
“I’m going to tell you what, I think it’s a crying shame if Georgia doesn’t go to a BCS bowl,” said Saban, who will take Alabama to its third national championship game in four years. “They should get to go to a BCS bowl game. They played a tremendous game out there today… and could have won at the end just as soon as us. It came down to the last play. So, I mean, it’s just ridiculous.
“I watch these teams that are 7-5 that are talking about they might go to a BCS game because they won their championship?,” Saban asked incredulously. “Something’s not right here. I don’t know what people think of the SEC… I just don’t think it’s fair to the Georgia players, coaches and their institution if they don’t go to a BCS game.”
Many are going ahead and projecting Florida in the Sugar Bowl, with Georgia falling to the Cotton Bowl, Outback Bowl or Capital One Bowl.
If Florida is ranked #3 in tonight’s final BCS rankings, the Gators are automatically in a BCS bowl. But if for some reason the Gators aren’t #3, Georgia should be the other SEC team in the Sugar Bowl.
However, with Georgia taking Alabama down to the wire in an epic thriller, do they deserve the at-large selection in the BCS?
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