Georgia easily won its annual rivalry game against Florida on Saturday, 34-7, in Jacksonville. The No. 1 Bulldogs were as dominant as expected — and what little optimism might have existed among Gators fans disappeared quickly:

Florida fans were disappointed as the Florida Gators lost to the Georgia Bulldogs 34-7. (Gainesville Sun)

It’s always a telling sign when a fan of 2 struggling teams on different levels begins comparing:

The Georgia win, combined with Kentucky’s loss at Mississippi State, meant that the Dawgs clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game as the East Division representative. MSU took its role as upset specialists seriously, and fans around the country have noticed:

Also, fans around the country dressed in their finest on the eve of All Hallows’ Eve (a k a Halloween):

Sometimes those costumes came in handy for keeping warm as some parts of the country endure fall weather:

And speaking of scary, fans of schools where teams have already fired their coach this season are letting their imaginations run wild as to what’s next, sometimes not in a good way:

One place where blown leads have become common is Austin, Texas. The Longhorns did it again on Saturday, squandering a 4th-quarter edge in a loss to Baylor. Or should we say, Texas surrendered:

Speaking of the Surrender Cobra, it could be argued that the legend of the Cobra began a few years ago with Michigan State’s astonishing last-play victory at Michigan:

Fast forward to 2021, and Michigan is again dealing with a loss to rival Michigan State, once again losing a lead late. It’s all looking really familiar to Wolverines fans:

Florida State also gave us some Cobra sightings. Has there ever been a sadder football season in the Sunshine State?

SMU fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, losing to state rival and American Athletic Conference foe Houston:

Finally, Nebraska lost to Purdue 28-23 to fall to 3-6. Here’s the thing about the Cornhuskers: All 6 of those losses have been by 8 or fewer points. Every defeat has been by 1 possession:

Forget Halloween. Having that many close games with nothing to show for it is true nightmare fuel.