To the surprise of absolutely no one, both the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide won their games on Saturday and thus clinched spots in the SEC title game, which is essentially at this point a defacto National Semifinals game. No matter what happens in the Notre Dame-UCS game, either the Bulldogs or Crimson Tide will be in the National Championship game.
The only question at this point is who will it be?
But outside of Georgia-Alabama, there is one other team that on a wing and a prayer can get into the National Title game and give us yet again an SEC dominated game.
The Florida Gators surprised a lot of people and trumped No. 10 Florida State to officially finish the season 11-1. But while they’re still No. 3 in the country, they could still weasel their way into the title game under a very particular set of circumstances.
First off, Notre Dame has to lose. If the Trojans pull off the upset of the season, the Gators are riding high. If the Trojans buckle then the Gators title shot dies with USC. But let’s for argument sake say the Trojans win and the Irish are out of the title chase. If that happens, the Gators would likely leap frog the loser of the SEC title game and secure a spot in the National Championship game.
Of course, some skewing of the numbers may occur if Alabama loses and we could get back-toback title games this season featuring Georgia and Alabama. The only threat to the Gators would be the Oregon Ducks, but that’s an outside chance. Florida has quality wins over Florida State, South Carolina, Texas A&M and LSU.
If the Gators are up for a title spot and lose out, it’s because voters chose style over substance. The Ducks blow people out, but they don’t have a solid football team. The Gators have been in close games all year long but they have a team that can compete and win in tough spots.
All is not lost for Gators fans, but unfortunately their title hopes now rest on fate weak shoulders of Lane Kiffin, and you wouldn’t trust that man with anything let alone a shot at the title.