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Florida upsets Florida State, keeping all-SEC BCS championship possible

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And, yes, Florida State was a touchdown favorite heading into today’s game against Florida despite the fact that the Gators had the higher ranking. Therefore, No. 6 UF’s 37-26 win over the No. 10 Seminoles was technically an upset.

But the Gators have a chance to upset more people outside Tallahassee if they become part of an all-SEC BCS championship game. That would be the second year in a row the SEC has accomplished such a feat and SEC fatigue has never been higher, either. Of course, that’s going to depend solely on what happens tonight between top-ranked Notre Dame and USC. If the Irish can win, one spot in the title game will be secure.

If the Irish lose, however, things get a bit more interesting.

Since both Alabama and Georgia took care of their respective business today, those two are on a path to a defacto national semifinal in Atlanta for the SEC championship next week. Florida, meanwhile, doesn’t have to worry about another loss. In fact, the Gators have quality wins over Florida State, South Carolina, LSU and Texas A&M.

Name any team in college football with a better BCS resume than that. It’s certainly not Oregon. Even at one loss, the Ducks needed way too much help┬áto have a title shot. If Stanford beats UCLA tonight, neither Oregon nor Florida will be playing in their respective conference championships. Yet both will be in the BCS championship hunt.

If it comes down to it — meaning if Notre Dame loses to the Trojans — voters may have to decide between style points (Oregon) and body of work (Florida). Or, whether they want to prevent another all-SEC BCS championship game. Keep in mind that Florida has a No. 2 computer average, whereas Oregon’s is currently No. 7. That will factor in to the decision as well.

As will tonight’s game between the Irish and the Trojans. If Notre Dame can roll, this discussion is moot. If USC prevails, get ready for BCS drama all over again.

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18 Responses to “Florida upsets Florida State, keeping all-SEC BCS championship possible”
  1. kozbee says: Nov 24, 2012 7:30 PM

    Driskel is just that good,Congrats Gator fans.

  2. southernpatriots says: Nov 24, 2012 7:35 PM

    Congratulations to Florida on a great win! Florida showed they were in condition and both their defense and offense really performed. They capitalized on takeaways and ran the ball effectively in the second half when time and condition was a factor. Driskel made the throws he needed to make. Florida showed they were strengthened by their schedule and Florida State came in with great stats and rankings but did not have the advantage of the great competion as did Florida. There is an advantage when your SOS is so good.

    The continuing drama will unfold with Stanford and UCLA as well as Notre Dame and USC, as well as conference championship games. The eyes of millions will be watching those games. This season is sadly quickly coming to an end.

  3. gatorcheme says: Nov 24, 2012 7:35 PM

    Today’s win by the Gators shows that they deserve every bit of their current ranking. FSU was dominated in all aspects of the game for 3 quarters.

    That said, I’m a big believer in only the conference winners going to the title game. An all-SEC BCS title game is not interesting to me.

    I want the SEC to prove its dominance by beating down the other conferences in the bowls.

    And it will…Go Gators…GO SEC.

  4. gotampabay52 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:39 PM


  5. seaner44 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:48 PM

    Nobody wants all sec again except Sec fans

  6. watchfullhose says: Nov 24, 2012 8:02 PM

    Second that

  7. badgerbuck says: Nov 24, 2012 8:04 PM

    You may not want it but my o my the sec is really something else. Don’t watch if you don’t like

  8. huskersrock1 says: Nov 24, 2012 8:08 PM

    How does anyone with any common sense consider this an upset? And I hate the SEC.

  9. scalpemseminoles says: Nov 24, 2012 8:14 PM

    I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Our defense didn’t show up, ej had way too many picks and consistently overthrew recievers, the fumbles, the special teams punt coverage, poor tackling… who kidnapped our team and gave the jerseys to southern miss?

    Guess all I have to say is GO IRISH

  10. dgbk says: Nov 24, 2012 8:57 PM

    he gators came out ready pease called a good game today. great win by the gators. read/heard all week they will lose and get dominated because of recent games. i am one happy gators fan tonight 11-1 with that schedule deserves a bcs bowl.

  11. deadeye says: Nov 24, 2012 9:21 PM

    In the immortal words of U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, “Go Gata!”

  12. geraldthecat says: Nov 24, 2012 10:40 PM

    I thought the point was to match the best two teams in the country. They have both been in the SEC for the past 5 years.

  13. pike573 says: Nov 25, 2012 12:08 AM

    Somebody has probably already said it, but lines are to stimulate gambling not necessarily to pick a winner.

  14. cubano76 says: Nov 25, 2012 12:16 AM

    How is this win an upset?

  15. woebegong says: Nov 25, 2012 10:56 AM

    How in the world could you call it a upset and what honest to God football fan would think that FSU, playing mostly teams in the ACC, could match up against a team, playing mostly teams from the SEC.
    Notre Dame may add some legitimacy when it starts play in the ACC, although I think that was probably a move designed to give Notre Dame, an easier road to a good bowl game more than anything else.
    It has got to be bad, when Maryland drops out of the ACC, pays that huge penalty for doing so, just to go and get beat up, year after year in the big 10.
    The ACC and big East are remarkably close to be second tier to conferences like the SEC, Pac 10, Big 10 and probably a few of the other conferences.
    Lucky for FSU, they get to play a 6 loss team for the ACC championship and the right to go to the Orange Bowl. For some unknown reason, the Orange Bowl has aligned itself with that conference, and is now relegated to second tier status as a bowl game.

  16. rolltide510 says: Nov 25, 2012 11:48 AM

    This makes it official, contradicting the opinion I held all season: FSU just isn’t a good team. Despite the talent on the roster, losing to NC State wasn’t a cosmic fluke, just the sign of a bad team with bad coaching.

  17. teambringitstrong says: Nov 25, 2012 12:24 PM

    I guess it’s fine to abuse women during the week as long as you win on Saturday. Congrats UF, stop breathing.

  18. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 25, 2012 12:36 PM

    Can we please stop all the Jimbo Fisher to Knoxville talk now.

    That was a beatdown. 6 SEC teams in the BCS Top 10, unbelievable.

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