With a 4-2 record and 2 thumping losses in consecutive weeks it would be easy to write the Gators out of BCS championship contention, in fact it’s the logical & obvious thing to do. They were stifled by the Crimson Tide in Gainsville 2 weeks ago and dominated by LSU last week, but despite not even being ranked they’re not out of it yet and here’s why.
At 2-2 in the SEC East they’re only a game behind SC who they play in Columbia in 3 weeks time, next week they face Georgia at the swamp and if they can get W’s in both those games then, assuming a win in-between at home against Vanderbilt, there’s every probability that they win the SEC East.
Sounds like a tall order? Sure. Fancy taking that on with a rookie freshman QB? Not really. But here’s how I think it will go down.
First they face an Auburn team tomorrow who have flattered to deceive so far and they squeeze out an ugly win, all of a sudden their confidence is high & rookie QB Jackoby Brissett returns to The Swamp against Georgia October 29 and shows why he was so highly ranked in High School recruiting reports. All of a sudden the Gators are off to the races and after disposing of SC they’re heading to an SEC championship game in Atlanta against LSU or Alabama, the winner of that game goes to, and wins, the BCS championship game in New Orleans on Jan 9.
So really the Gators season comes down to 2 games, this week at Auburn and a big one against one of the current top 2 ranked teams in Atlanta in December for the SEC title.
So what’s the magic ingredient that will unlock this Gator turnaround? Simple. His name is Will Muschamp and he falls strictly into my favourite category of competitors who hate to lose, right now the Gators need a bit of grit and he’s the right man in the right place at the right time to give that to them.
I’m British & I’m probably wrong but Gator nation shouldn’t write off a trip to the Superdome just yet, and if they do make it? Well you heard it here first.
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Written by thesportingmouth
Here is a bit more about me…….. Having failed to make it as a world class sportsman in any discipline I now settle for posting the odd sporting blog. I’m a West Ham fan with a season ticket at Reading, I love test match cricket & major championship golf and I have a growing & non perverted interest in womens football – trust me it’s the next big thing. I believe that the FA is run by a bunch of chumps & that England will win every tournament they’re in, I’m right about one & misguided by optimism on the other. I coach a kids football team and ride a bike to try and keep fit but it’s fair to say I’m losing a one sided battle with my waistline. My favourite sporting event is the Ryder Cup, look out for me on the first tee of the first game on the first morning – home or away I’ll be there. I'm also a big fan of baseball and especially college football - 100,000 people to watch a bunch of amateur kids? How can that be anything but great sporting drama...