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Florida pushed around by Louisville in Sugar Bowl

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With a 14.5 point spread, the Sugar Bowl between Florida and Louisville wasn’t projected to be all that competitive. That turned out to pretty much be the case, but it was the Cardinals, not the Gators, dominating in shocking fashion.

From the first play from scrimmage — literally, a pick-six by Louisvlle’s Terell Floyd — the Cardinals had Florida out of its comfort zone and trying to play catch-up. That’s not exactly what the Gators are designed to do and No. 22 Louisville handed a 33-23 loss to No. 4 Florida for the biggest win in program history and one of the biggest upsets in a BCS game.

The loss drops the SEC to 3-3 this bowl season with Alabama, Texas A&M and Mississippi still left to play. None of the three should be considered massive favorites to win their bowls, either.

The Gators have been known for its top-10 defense all season. It’s what’s saved them a time or four in close games. But Florida was mostly unable to stop Teddy Bridgewater, who threw for 266 yards and a pair of scores. That’s the most yardage a Florida defense has given up since Nov. 5 of last year.

Leading up to the Sugar Bowl, Florida safety Matt Elam (pictured) said Bridgewater was the best quarterback his team would face this season. Better than Georgia’s Aaron Murray. Better than Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M.  That’s high praise, but Bridgewater didn’t do anything to suggest Elam wasn’t right.

It helps that he usually had all day to throw. Louisville’s offensive line didn’t always run block well — the Cardinals continued to struggle in the run game with just 70 yards — but did they ever pass protect, and in crucial spots too. Louisville was 9-of-14 on third down conversions against the mighty Gator defense and punted just once all night. When Louisville didn’t score, it was because the Cardinals stopped themselves with a missed field goal or interception.

While Louisville and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson deserve all the credit for a solid offensive showing, Florida’s defense deserves at least a little of the blame for being off. Florida was college football’s only defense from a BCS conference that hadn’t allowed a touchdown pass of 15 yards or longer all season, yet Bridgewater’s scores were from 15 and 19 yards.

But Will Muschamp failed to put the defense in better situations. The offense, which has been a liability all year, had three turnovers and couldn’t do much outside of picking apart a prevent defense. A failed onside kick with two personal foul penalties tacked on gave Louisville the ball at the Gators 19-yard line to start the second half. Bridgewater tossed a touchdown pass to Damian Copeland on the next play.

Speaking of penalties, Florida had a lot of ’em — nine for 98 yards to be exact. It was an all around bad night for a team that had the most impressive body of work this season. To end it a sour note against a team that will be getting a lot of preseason hype in 2013 will have Muschamp looking for answers this spring, especially on offense.

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80 Responses to “Florida pushed around by Louisville in Sugar Bowl”
  1. jimmy53 says: Jan 3, 2013 12:52 AM

    At the end of the game the crowd was chanting ACC! ACC!

    FYI: SEC bowl games: 3-3

  2. truthbtyped says: Jan 3, 2013 12:57 AM

    Boy did Louisville put a hurting on Team SEC!!! What a joke!!

    Should’ve been a lot worse!! Bridgewater can play!!
    Congrats Cards!!!

  3. coachbeck says: Jan 3, 2013 12:58 AM

    big east > sec

  4. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Jan 3, 2013 1:00 AM

    These SEC defenses aren’t so elite when they don’t get to play SEC offenses.

    Good luck trying to stop the freight train Miami offense next year Muschump.

  5. imforbigblue says: Jan 3, 2013 1:14 AM

    it’s OK bash the SEC all you want but the NC will stay in the SEC once bama spanks ND

  6. sd1024 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:19 AM


  7. jimmy53 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:26 AM

    I’m not sure if its worse for Gator fans that UF lost to a current Big East team or that they lost to a future ACC team.

  8. raylewis96 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:27 AM

    SEC? Maybe Martinez was right… Floridas defense was junk tonight

  9. jimbo75025 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:50 AM

    Oh well, very disappointed in UF tonight.

    On the other hand, seems to me they have been rated a bit high all season. They squeeked by Texas A&M, LSU, and South Carolina but never really put their foots on another teams throat all season.

  10. overratedgators says: Jan 3, 2013 1:53 AM

    Just Gators bein’ Gators. When are people going to stop hyping UF and see them for the overrated wannabes they are?

  11. wolftalkblog says: Jan 3, 2013 1:58 AM

    The SEC is over rated. Period. Good conference, sure. Alabama and Georgia are really good. The rest of the conference, maybe not. Let’s see…Big Ten, Big East, ACC. Gee wiz, maybe some other conferences have good teams, too.. Better be careful SEC, or we’ll turn Northwestern lose on all of you…. :)

  12. wwttww says: Jan 3, 2013 2:04 AM

    Teams get their biggest wins in program history vs SEC teams. Period. Congrats to Coach Strong, very well deserved. It took a Gator to beat a Gator.

  13. v2the4 says: Jan 3, 2013 2:05 AM

    A Big East/ACC team put their boots on the throat on an sec heavyweight in primetime and DOMINATED the game…Congrats to Louisville for beating Florida all over the field tonight…..

    I guess people can see now why Charlie Strong was so highly coveted by the likes of Tennessee. the Cardinals will be loaded next year, and they could very well have a preseason top 5-10 ranking….

    The mighty sec is only 3-3 in bowl season, and that includes south carolina’s last second td vs Michigan…the most dominating sec team has been Vanderbilt thus far

  14. perezjl36 says: Jan 3, 2013 3:32 AM

    Its funny how so many of you talk about how overrated the SEC is. You guys are probably right. Come to think about it, I can’t think of the last time the SEC won a Nat Champ. I can’t remember the last time a mid-tier SEC team (let’s say SC) beat a powerhouse BIG 10 team (let’s say Michigan). Our defenses are definitely weak against non-SEC teams. I mean, Michigan walked all over Alabama racking up a record breaking 69 yards on the ground. Point is folks, you (The Field) get your chance every year to beat us (The SEC) and with a few exceptions you fall short. If we are so overrated, please stop getting so excited when you beat us. It really doesn’t compliment your argument. I know you all want to be better than us so badly but seriously, do your stats even matter if you don’t have the wins? Just prove it on the field and the outstanding fans of the SEC will have no problem admitting they were beat. (The way Dabo out-coached Les Miles and the Cards simply knocked around my Gators tonight.) Do I think Lousiville would be us 9 out of 10 times? No. But tonight, when it mattered, they topped my #3 Boys of Florida. Much congrats to Coach Strong.

  15. coachbeck says: Jan 3, 2013 4:36 AM

    Btw gator fans …. Muschamp is Ron Zook. …I’m sure you all know where your going from here. Which Is sad,

  16. louhudson23 says: Jan 3, 2013 4:39 AM

    Oh, to have a .500 record with three to go including NC……success in many quarters…..a down year(so far) for the best conference in College Football week in and week out…..Of course,still three to go,including the big one…..Congrats to all the teams from all the Conferences who have won their bowl games and to those whose victories are yet to come…..Roll Tide (14 and counting….)

  17. houndofthebaskervols says: Jan 3, 2013 5:28 AM

    That has to be the most embarrassing loss I can ever remember an SEC team take, that was a friggin beatdown from the word go.

    Muschamp is a joke, Jeremy Foley might be the best AD in the land, but he made a huge mistake hiring that clown.

    Way to go Gators, you’ve brought shame on the entire conference. Good thing you didnt play Connecticut or Syracuse this year. LOL

  18. usabas1 says: Jan 3, 2013 5:41 AM


    You do realize the NCAA recognizes Oklahoma Sooners for 16 National Championships aaaannnd ESPN ranked Oklahoma as the most prestigious college football program overall since the advent of the AP Poll in 1936 aaannnd No program has more unanimous All-Americans than Oklahoma. OU and Notre Dame have 31 all-time….just sayin’ the SEC week in and week out play only the SEC and the media along with their cave dwelling club draggin fans crown them the best conference in football…I say its a shame it has more to do with ABC’s 2 billion dollar TV deal than actual game play. Go back to your cave and spew your filth on your neanderthol buddies ears. We have real conference fans here talking about a great win.

  19. jrs45 says: Jan 3, 2013 5:51 AM

    Even uf fans knew not to go lol.

  20. charles130 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:12 AM

    Big XII must be kicking itself for taking WVU instead of Louisville.

  21. dlc618 says: Jan 3, 2013 6:23 AM

    The SEC isn’t what it used to be. Wouldn’t shock me to see Notre Dame Roll. Lol

  22. 305fan says: Jan 3, 2013 6:56 AM

    Anyone know where 35longmiles is? My guess is in his moms basement balled up in the fetal position after watching his Flor-Duh Gayturds get jail raped my a Big East team.

  23. wabbitslayer says: Jan 3, 2013 6:58 AM


    In other words, this game gave me 33 big laughs.

  24. effjohntaylornorelation says: Jan 3, 2013 7:12 AM

    You had the best possible opportunity to praise Louisville or speak if the magnitude of the upset, etc. Nope, you chose to make the article about Florida, of the mighty SEC, hand an “off night.” Who cares? The SEC got their asses whipped by a Big East school! The SEC have lost their two biggest bowl games with two of their three top teams! #overrated

  25. ironmike778 says: Jan 3, 2013 7:17 AM

    Total domination.

  26. bucrightoff says: Jan 3, 2013 7:18 AM

    A win for Louisville that is alos a loss. Gotta imagine Charlie Strong is gone to the next high profile job now.

  27. ironmike778 says: Jan 3, 2013 7:22 AM

    That 2nd half onside kick was such a stupid call by Florida. Killed the little momentum they might have built at that point. Unnecessary and DUMB!!

  28. xtremesportsmaniac says: Jan 3, 2013 7:38 AM

    This is why I wish they would have taken conference champions and two at large teams in the new playoff model. This clearly overrated UF team would have made the tournament.

  29. tlmoon2112 says: Jan 3, 2013 8:25 AM

    We were outplayed and outcoached every which way you can think of. Hats off to Coach Strong, he had his kids ready to play.

  30. cometkazie says: Jan 3, 2013 8:26 AM

    I stopped rooting for UF after those two cheap shots to the head early on. F’cryin out loud, the whistle had blown and the ball carrier was getting up when a Gator defender tried to take his head off. He should have been ejected right then and there.

    When your team has a bunch of punks, it believes what it sees in the media (I was going to say reads in the newspaper, but I bet hardly any of them do that.) and expect if they show up, they will win. UF showed absolutely no character last night and that is on their coaches.

    Perhaps the SEC should trade UK for Louisville. It would be a good fit.

  31. montjamz says: Jan 3, 2013 8:38 AM

    SEC bowl recap
    Vandy : great game
    LSU : les miles gets drunk last 2 min on sidelines n pukes away a win
    SC : need a better QB thank God for Clowny
    GA : Finally got the ground game goin but where did the D go… Lucky
    FL : No QB or Offense and D played like a prison team with a lack of care for the outcome.
    Overall 3-3

  32. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2013 8:41 AM

    SEC not doing so great. Georgia barely got by Nebraska and Michigan almost upset South Carolina. Well, at least the SEC can fall back on their educa……er…….nevermind.

  33. gatorprof says: Jan 3, 2013 8:43 AM

    Out-played and out-coached, period. Cardinals played their hearts up and the Gators were sloppy and undisciplined. It looked like they thought that the act of merely showing up would win the game…WRONG.

    Congrats to Charlie Strong…great coach, great defensive mind and a great recruiter. The Cardinals are very fortunate to have him as a HC. Those who worship Meyer need to ask about his performance sans Strong, both on the recruiting trail as well as in big games.

    No excuses for last night, Cards just smashed the Gators, but here are some observations….

    Looks like several of the defenders mailed it in to ensure their health prior to declaring for the draft.

    This isn’t the first time that the Gators took a dump in a bowl game that they viewed as a “consolation prize”….recall the 2008 Capital City Bowl against an unranked UM team. Coming of a national title, they were smacked around by an “inferior” UM team with a lame duck coach.

    We need a playoff system. The current BCS isn’t working for a variety of reasons. The layoff is too long. The national title game is the only bowl game with any meaning.

    I don’t know about other bowls, but the Gator Nation didn’t travel. Their ticket allotment was 17,500. Only 7,500 tickets were sold.

    Yes, a very disappointing loss to a team that they should have beaten on paper. That being said, I am very pleased where this team is at present. Will has cleaned up Meyers’ mess and rebuild the Gators to contender status. Going into 2012, the thought was “rebuilding year”….pretty nice rebuilding year. Let’s see what 2013 brings. Looks like another top shelf recruiting class on the way.

    I somehow think that Boom will use this humiliation to his advantage in preparing for the next season.

  34. cmgww says: Jan 3, 2013 8:46 AM

    Seriously, you “SEC” fans are worse than the Jim Jones cult. It’s a conference!! NOT a team! So let me get this straight. Bama fans cheer for Georgia and Auburn? Tennessee fans cheer for Florida? What a fvkin’ joke. Cheer for your team, not a conference.

  35. thegamecocker says: Jan 3, 2013 9:00 AM


    Vandy: you’re correct!
    LSU: you’re correct
    South Carolina: QB Shaw played on one foot but still threw two TD’s and ran well despite injury. Dylan Thompson threw accurately including winning TD. Vegas line was 4.5 points and Fighting Gamecocks won by 5. You’re WRONG!
    Georgia: Pulled away and won big. You’re wrong!
    Florida: you’re correct.


    I too thought Florida had some cheap shots to the head the Refs didn’t call. Florida heard they were 14.5 pt favorites and decided to just show-up. I’ve seen Teddy Bridgewater play about 4 times this season. He releases his passes at the last minute; he looks at his primary, secondary, and tertiary receivers than passes; he eludes the rush very well; he is incredibly accurate and he doesn’t make too many mistakes with the ball. In another post before the game, I stated all these attributes and said Florida had to show up with their defense or it could be a long night…..and it was a LONG NIGHT for the hot-head Muschamp and his physical Gators.

  36. dkhhuey says: Jan 3, 2013 9:07 AM

    It was Urban’s fault!

  37. chmba says: Jan 3, 2013 9:08 AM

    “Choking Willie” Muschamp is another great D-Coordinator who can’t cut it as a head coach because he ignores the offense!.. Like someone said he will likely be another Ron Zook!

    Bottom Line: Louisville showed up on both sides of the ball and Florida offense didn’t…same for LSU!

  38. savoirlaire says: Jan 3, 2013 9:15 AM

    Aside from getting their asses wooped, Florida, and their pathetic coach, were classless from the outset. Gee, wonder why there are so many helmet to helmet hits in the NFL? Maybe because they apparently teach the f’in skill at Florida. Throwing a punch in front of the refs, the entire stadium and millions of tv viewers? Beyond stupid AND classless. And Muschamp carping about everything on the sideline was pathetic, his players played like thugs and it looked like he was defending it all the way. I never felt strongly one way another about UF before this, now I think they and their coach are utter and complete ass clowns…

  39. teambringitstrong says: Jan 3, 2013 9:27 AM

    Meanwhile back in Tallahassee-

  40. packerbadger says: Jan 3, 2013 9:28 AM


  41. thegamecocker says: Jan 3, 2013 9:29 AM


    Have to agree with you on this one. And I was rooting for Florida to win….but after some of the cheap shots, I withdrew my support, despite my allegiance to the “Head Ball Coach” whom I great admire and appreciate. Last night was not “Losing With Dignity” moment for the Florida Gators. Like Coach Frank McGuire once said: “Win with humility, lose with dignity.”

  42. thefiesty1 says: Jan 3, 2013 9:36 AM

    Coach Boom exploded and didn’t prepare his team to play the game. They wanted to play Oklahoma so they didn’t show up. I hope they learned their lessons.

  43. normtide says: Jan 3, 2013 9:42 AM

    Florida thought they were just going to show up and get the win. I know it drives me crazy when Bama has done that in the past. It just goes to show, scheme and desire can overcome talent, especially when the talented team is lethargic. Idk if this is telling about the whole sec. If Bama can get a win, perception will still favor the SEC. I hope Saban had our players watch this game. If you want a win, you have to take it. This is just another example why college football is the greatest sport on earth.

  44. florida727 says: Jan 3, 2013 9:43 AM

    If it’s not too late to ask for one more Christmas wish, it would be that every Florida football player and coach read this post on CFT.


    As a diehard Florida Gator football fan, I am disgusted with the product that Muschamp put on the field last night, and frankly, throughout this season. We were (vastly) over-rated all season long. Personally, I hope we fall out of the Top 10 in the final polls, and are not ranked among the Top 10 in next year’s pre-season polls.

    Florida had exactly ONE player show up last night and play football like a man: Matt Elam.

    Everyone else played a game of thump-my-chest-because-it’s-all-about-ME-first football. Grow the “F” up. Coach, what you put on the field last night, and again all season long, was the most selfish, undisciplined football team possibly in America, certainly in the SEC. You embarrassed your fan base and the conference all in one fell swoop. You’ve got a team that is the most penalized in the conference, and if they kept the stat, without question the one that runs their collective mouths more than they play football.

    Shut up, play fundamental football, and win games. If you have to tell the players on the other team how good you are, I’ve got news for you, you AREN’T. Let the results do your bragging for you.

    Xavier Nixon, congratulations. Your last play as a Florida Gator saw you getting beat like a rented mule and your QB ending up flat on his back. Fortunately for you, your eligibility is up and you won’t have to suffer the indignity (look it up if you need help) of dropping several spaces on the depth chart.

    This is not a TEAM. It’s a group of “me-first” individuals more interested in mugging for the TV cameras and trash-talking their opponents, than they are about playing, and acting, like MEN. And sorry Coach, but that starts and ends with YOU and YOUR coaching staff.

    To all Louisville fans and Coach Charlie Strong, congratulations. You played with class, determination, and you were clearly the superior team on the field. You played like Gator fans wish their team had played.

  45. thegamecocker says: Jan 3, 2013 9:51 AM


    I read it all and agree 100%. The Florida Gators that showed up last evening did not represent themselves or the SEC particularly well. Louisville QB can start for any SEC team and distinguish himself. He is very good and headed to NFL some day.

  46. pudgalvin says: Jan 3, 2013 9:57 AM

    “Louisville QB can start for any SEC team and distinguish himself.”

    So could the QB’s of about 75 other schools around the country.

  47. canehouse says: Jan 3, 2013 10:02 AM

    Congrats to Charlie Strong and the University of Louisville on a great night. Every SEC university that passed on him over the years hopefully has learned their lesson. I hope Charlie stays in Louisville for a very long time!

  48. prov1x says: Jan 3, 2013 11:12 AM

    SEC! SEC! SEC!


  49. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2013 11:26 AM

    Kinda stupid to clown the SEC when it was Florida who lost last night, not the SEC. They were chanting ACC ACC ACC last night? That’s cute, where was that chant on Nov 24th?

  50. manchestermiracle says: Jan 3, 2013 11:49 AM

    gamustang: Where have you been for the last ten years? When SEC teams win games the fans chant “SEC.” Funny how when an SEC team loses “fans” like you immediately withdraw conference support.

    Louisville fans were chanting “ACC” as a dig at SEC fans for doing the same thing. It WAS cute, and appropriate, and got the result for which it was intended: Punking SEC fans. Based on your response it’s still working. By the way, regarding your last sentence: Where was the SEC chant last night?

  51. gorilladunk says: Jan 3, 2013 12:03 PM

    @gamustangdude…the Louisville fans were chanting ACC just like A&M fans chanted “SEC” their final year in the big 12. I remember all the posters on this site (like you) who thought that was soooo funny. Agree with Manchester miracle…when the SEC team wins, it’s “us”. When they lose, it’s “them”.

  52. totallysirius says: Jan 3, 2013 12:09 PM

    When you play like schoolyard bullies and thugs, don’t be surprised when someone fights back and slaps you down.

    Florida and LSU both played like crazed thugs instead of disciplined football players and both got beat down by well coached and sound fundamental teams.

  53. melikefootball says: Jan 3, 2013 12:22 PM

    Proves a lot of rankings are because of name. Florida showed what they were on the field last night when another SEC went down. We are put through the ringer by ESPN on how great the SEC is , bla bla bla and a team from the Big East knocks the kings from the mountain.

  54. melikefootball says: Jan 3, 2013 12:25 PM

    The NCAA should be proud to continue to allow team to be so classless on the field and we have witnessed two in LSU and Florida acting like thugs from the hood. NCAA need to step up and punish hard this type of play when they want to promote all the sportmanship.

  55. canehouse says: Jan 3, 2013 12:34 PM

    Yeah Florida played selfishly and very careless… Apparently Muschamp and staff didn’t have their kids prepared for the moment as well as Strong and his staff had their kids prepared.

    I agree Elam was one of the lone bright spots… he plays the game as it should be played… Bostic plays the game out of control and very immature. No real leaders seem to be on the offensive side of the ball either… Think it’s time to rethink Brissett… that kid is a leader.

  56. perezjl36 says: Jan 3, 2013 12:48 PM

    I said it before and i’ll say it again. If you think the SEC is overrated then stop getting so excited when you beat us. It goes against your argument.

  57. BrownsTown says: Jan 3, 2013 12:50 PM

    It’s hilarious that many of the conference fans here are legitimately angry over the SEC bashing. Like SEC football is one of the greatest things going for ya.

  58. kansas525 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:12 PM

    SEC will never discipline it’s own for playing like thugs. Case in point – Alabama defensive player who took an extremely cheap shot on the Georgia qb in the SEC title game. SEC says (maybe because Alabama will need him in the BCS championship game) we will let the school handle that. Like Alabama has the class to sit him out for the championship. Not likely. Worst part was, if the call had been made, Georgia would have won the SEC, not Alabama, because Georgia, not Alabama, would have scored at the end of the first half and would have made at least a 10 point difference in the score.

    SEC – the C does not stand for class or character.

  59. buckeye1nation says: Jan 3, 2013 1:40 PM

    It’s not that we (at least some of us) think the SEC is overrated, we just get a little tired of all the trash talk from SEC fans. I think that most (knowledgeable) college football fans would agree that for the past several years the SEC has been the top conference, we just don’t need, or want, it shoved down our throats all the time, by fans or media. The reason people get giddy when the SEC gets beat is because of the way some SEC fans react when you win. As someone posted earlier “Win with humility and lose with dignity”. It is a lesson some SEC fans could learn.

  60. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 3, 2013 1:49 PM

    It must suck to have such an inferiority complex that you have to grasp to straws every time one appears hey?

  61. 808raiderinparadise says: Jan 3, 2013 2:24 PM

    I think Kirk Herbsreit does a great job on CFB, I like his viewpoints and enojy his analysis but he was …


    when he said he thought Florida has the best defense in the country over ND, Albama, Stanford before that game.

    Bridgewater is very impressive, his ball delivery is flawless and his instincts are very mature.

  62. irishdodger says: Jan 3, 2013 2:55 PM

    CFB fans deserved a better matchup for Stanford. Wisky played them tough, but w/ 5 losses it doesn’t give the Cardinal a chance to match up with a KSU, a Florida, a South Carolina or an OU to see how they measure up nationally.

  63. kozbee says: Jan 3, 2013 3:45 PM

    Bridgewater is a good QB in fact they have a very good team on defense also.Bridgewater will be NFL material when hes ready to go pro,great game congrats to Louisville on a well played game.

  64. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2013 4:01 PM

    manchestermiracle and gorilladunk

    First of all “I” am not “other” SEC fans. I’m my own person. I don’t cheer SEC SEC SEC. Yes, I was going for Florida to win but don’t sit here and patronize me like I go out and buy UF gear and learn the damn school songs or anything of that nature. Was I upset that Florida lost? Hell no. I shook my head and told my wife, they should’ve played harder. Now you need to follow your own advise. Either you want SEC teams to cheer SEC SEC SEC, or you don’t. Just like you sit here can “claim” I don’t chant SEC win we lose and only chant SEC when we win, you and other anti-SEC haters, chant SEC when we lose, and not when we win, you play the same card, just the other way around. Just keep that comment in mind the next time a SEC team wins the National championship and “other” fans start chanting SEC SEC SEC. Give us our props and don’t sit there and start the same old “other conference,” excuse. “X Team won the title, not the SEC,” I hear that everyday. Remember both of your comments. If you want SEC SEC SEC to be applied regardless of win or lose, guess what, you got to do the same thing too. You’re good at poking fun win a SEC team losses, how about give us some props and eating crow when we win. That’ll mean you have to act like an adult, which I really don’t see happening.

  65. gamustangdude says: Jan 3, 2013 4:06 PM

    BrownsTown says:
    Jan 3, 2013 12:50 PM
    It’s hilarious that many of the conference fans here are legitimately angry over the SEC bashing. Like SEC football is one of the greatest things going for ya.


    That’s why your conference will never be as great. From AUG till JAN it’s…
    then SEC Football.

    I got a great life, watching another big 10 team fail to more SEC teams every bowl year, just adds icing to the cake. Next year when your overrated Buckeyes return to Bowl games, you’ll get to experience that same feeling over again first hand.

  66. gatorcheme says: Jan 3, 2013 4:12 PM

    Congrats to Coach Strong and the team. They were the MUCH better team last night. I wasn’t expecting the Gators to lose last night, but I sure didn’t believe in that the 14-point spread, either. Some of the Gators’ best years where when Coach Strong was on the team.

    I also want to echo the thoughtful comments made by florida727. Coach Boom did not properly prepare this team. This was the same team that showed up for the Georgia game…undisciplined and underachieving. I was soooo disappointed with the lack of sportsmanship from the Gators on the field. So many ‘personal foul’ calls that should have been made and weren’t. I hope the Gator boosters have a little chat with the Florida athletic organization about this. There was no dignity with this loss. The Gators were thugs, not players.

    That said, I’m still a Gator and I’m still SEC. They will continue to have as much support as I can give. I find the the anti-Florida and anti-SEC sentiment somewhat amusing. If you guys truly believed in what your saying on the board, you wouldn’t be here saying it.

  67. dgbk says: Jan 3, 2013 5:43 PM

    i agree wit u gatorecheme ” I find the the anti-Florida and anti-SEC sentiment somewhat amusing. If you guys truly believed in what your saying on the board, you wouldn’t be here saying it.”

    when an sec team lose that post get 50+ comments ….while an avg post here get maybe 3-20… i was disapointed with the game soon as it started seem like they were down …. doesnt change much 11-2 still way better then i thought they will do. Coach boom didnt have this team ready and thats the bottom line.

  68. thegamecocker says: Jan 3, 2013 5:56 PM

    Listen, leaders have to “win with humility and lose with dignity.” The SEC has done well so far, but we have not dominated. If The Tide wins the NC game, than the SEC remains on top. If not, then we will be “dethroned” but we will get back up and fight another day.

  69. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jan 3, 2013 7:28 PM

    Thegamecocker: how many of those national titles did South Carolina win? You spend all year cheering against your rivals why would you all of a sudden cheer for them?

    As a Tar Heels fan there’s no way I would EVER cheer for Dook to win a national championship, I don’t care if they’re ACC or not, they’re the rival and I’ll cheer for anyone to beat them! Oh go Lehigh! Haha

    As a Broncos fan I don’t want another AFC West team to ever win the Super Bowl!

    So please explain it to me, why do SEC fans cheer for their rivals?

  70. hor2012 says: Jan 3, 2013 10:02 PM

    To all you SEC haters take and enjoy the victory and shut your mouths. That fact remains that the SEC had won seven national championships in a row. And, the only one that was even close was the year LSU beat the sooners. So, the Ville handled their business. And, I do believe that ND will shock Bama. But, if that happens it would have took someone outside the major conferences to get the job done. So, until you can send someone against in a game the really means something and get the job done you can talk. But, the last time I check Clemson, Louiville, and whoever else one a game over a SEC team, it doesn’t mean a thing. But, Louiville in the SEC and they’d win seven games a best. And, yes I’m a LSU fan and a SEC fan. And, the reason I root for other SEC schools is because it don’t like divison 1A football. And, that’s what the rest of the conferences are in comparison to the SEC

  71. toledolions says: Jan 3, 2013 10:48 PM


    You didn’t have to tell us you’re an $EC fan, we could all tell by your grammar, punctuation, and spelling, what conference you associate yourself with. Inbreeding looks to be a bigger problem than originally thought down there. Quit drinking swamp water, it’s effecting your brain.

  72. cometkazie says: Jan 3, 2013 10:56 PM

    toledolions says:
    Jan 3, 2013 10:48 PM

    You didn’t have to tell us you’re an $EC fan, we could all tell by your grammar, punctuation, and spelling, what conference you associate yourself with. Inbreeding looks to be a bigger problem than originally thought down there. Quit drinking swamp water, it’s effecting your brain.
    That would be “affecting”.

    I would also note that your sentence structure doesn’t reflect much facility in writing skills.

    Don’t criticize others for lack of skills you also lack.

    My science degree is not from a (not an) SEC institution.

  73. atwatercrushesokoye says: Jan 3, 2013 11:00 PM

    Hor2012: if you don’t like div 1A football does it drive you crazy that every SEC team schedules games against at least 1 FCS team per year and some of them 2?

  74. perezjl36 says: Jan 4, 2013 4:47 PM

    Can I start by saying you are the first Buckeye fan I’ve seen to repost about SEC and not just trash talk. I really can appreciate that. And for the most part I completely agree that there is a lot of overreporting about the SEC. I do feel however that as much bias as some reporters give us there is an equal amount of hate. I feel like Kirk Herbstreit absolutely abhors the SEC. (And I’ not just picking on Ohio State). I feel that there are numorous other reporters that refuse to join the SEC gang and thats ok. I have no doubt there are some nasty SEC fans that will jam their victories down the throats of everyone else. But can you put yourself in our shoes? After six years of being on top, imagine the trash talk we’re going to receive when another conference takes it. All the hate everyone has for us will come down all at once. Thats why we stick together as conference fans. Because when we do finally lose (which we eventually will) we are all going to suffer the same nasty treatment. Doesn’t matter is you’re Alabama or Kentucky. If you’re part of the SEC you are going to suffer a lot of trash talk.

  75. thegamecocker says: Jan 4, 2013 5:39 PM

    I don’t Vincent Smith, the RB from Michigan, will be trash talking no matter who wins Monday night. After the Jadeveon Clowney hit, I don’t think Vincent will be saying much of anything. Well, maybe he’ll go to church and thank the lord he was able to stand-up and walk-away without a concussion, or some other serious injury…..I mean that was just a brutal legal tackle! Maybe Hoke should have just punted the ball instead of paying off the Big East Referee. That crew were the three monkeys: “Say no evil, hear no evil, see no evil.”

  76. nickynick04 says: Jan 5, 2013 6:17 AM

    SEC does NOT stand for
    1 Students
    2 Education
    3 Class
    Graduation rates for SEC football players
    OMG outside of Vandy its Pathetic….the SEC does not have student athletes…..
    Alabama 67% Graduation rate
    South Carolina 57%

    NOTRE DAME 97%
    SEC schools should be banned from post season play until they can get their Graduation rates to 70%….seriously….make the case against it….these are schools of higher learning

  77. waynefontes says: Jan 6, 2013 9:43 AM

    toledolions says:
    Jan 3, 2013 10:48 PM

    You didn’t have to tell us you’re an $EC fan, we could all tell by your grammar, punctuation, and spelling, what conference you associate yourself with. Inbreeding looks to be a bigger problem than originally thought down there. Quit drinking swamp water, it’s effecting your brain.

    It’s “affecting”, not “effecting”.

    Looks like inbreeding in Ohio is also a problem.

  78. foreverlsu says: Jan 8, 2013 3:15 PM

    nickynick04 says:Jan 5, 2013 6:17 AM

    SEC does NOT stand for
    1 Students
    2 Education
    3 Class
    Graduation rates for SEC football players
    OMG outside of Vandy its Pathetic….the SEC does not have student athletes…..
    Alabama 67% Graduation rate
    South Carolina 57%

    NOTRE DAME 97%
    SEC schools should be banned from post season play until they can get their Graduation rates to 70%….seriously….make the case against it….these are schools of higher learning

    Well, lil Nicky; looks like you need to do a little research before you try and throw that crap on a wall because the SEC does quite well. LSU graduates 77%, Bama 75%, Florida 75%. I’ll even provide a link for you, smart guy.

    Sure ND does well but maybe ND should join the Ivy League since the competition suits them better …on the GRIDIRON.

  79. foreverlsu says: Jan 9, 2013 10:09 AM

    OMG outside of Stanford, the Pac 12 is pathetic. Oregon State 60%, USC 57%, …I would go on but those were the only teams ranked in the top 25.

  80. thegamecocker says: Jan 9, 2013 10:39 AM


    (Clowney beheading Vincent Smith in GIF format)

    Nicky: apparently you cannot read. South Carolina graduation rate is 69%….USCw grad rate is 57%. Honestly, 69% still not good enough for me and I am a Gamecock fan…..we have to do better and hopefully we will.

    At least the other school I root for, Rutgers’, has a 91% grad rate which is very good.

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