Published November 21, 2012 - 8:45am
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In my last column about the BCS, we talked about how incredible the 2012 season has been. What I find fascinating is that as we approach the last week of the regular season, there are still a number of wild scenarios that can play out. If you look at the season as a whole, it seems prudent to assume that more upsets or more surprises occur.
It really starts with Notre Dame at Southern Cal this weekend. Most assume that the underachieving Trojans without their stud quarterback Matt Barkley will get manhandled by the Irish. I’m not so sure. USC coach Lane Kiffin is actually under pressure for maybe the first time in his career. His preseason #1 team has 4 losses now. His team will be ready to play at home and upset the Irish’s title dreams.
Expect the unexpected.
Arguably the biggest game on the slate this Saturday is Florida taking on the in-state rival from Tallahassee. Despite both having a 10-1 record, Florida has a No. 4 ranking, and the Seminoles come in at No. 10. When it comes to the BCS, it’s all about who you’ve beat and who you’ve lost to. Florida has beat 3 top 15 teams and lost to the No. 3 team. Florida State has beat Clemson and lost to an unranked team. Thus, their respective rankings.
The game is in Tallahassee, and Florida has looked mediocre at best on offense in recent weeks. Frankly, they haven’t looked good since beating South Carolina. A turnover filled game in Jacksonville against Georgia was followed up with average performances against Missouri, Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State. Hardly an impressive few weeks for the Gators.
But, if you don’t think the Gators will come to play against Florida State, you’re mistaken. Remember how Georgia came out against Florida after a few weeks of mediocrity? A rival game is the best way to snap out of a streak of unimpressive outings. Expect the Gators to bring it, and their defense might be one of the best in the country. This game will be close, and Florida might pull off the win giving them another high quality win and a spot in the BCS.
Next, we look at the SEC Championship. Alabama will be favored and will be the easy pick by the media pundits. I would not be surprised at all to see Georgia win this game. Alabama’s defense is overrated. That doesn’t mean they’re not good, but they’re not near the same defense as the 2011 Crimson Tide. If Mark Richt can get his team ready to play, Georgia will move the ball. They have the weapons and the talent on both sides of the ball to win this game. It might be Georgia’s year, folks.
Quite amazing that a Florida-Georgia rematch is even a discussed possibility. Can you say World’s Largest Cocktail Party in Miami? Whoa.
Expect the unexpected. We don’t know what will happen, and that’s the beauty of it. Enjoy the next two weeks of football.
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