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Cirminiello Thought: SEC vs. SEC BCS Title
Posted Nov 19, 2012

Richard Cirminiello's Monday Thought: SEC vs. SEC BCS Title

By Richard Cirminiello

Brace yourself, college football fans. There remains a looming possibility that two SEC teams will again be playing in the BCS National Championship Game.

I know, the mere suggestion of some repeat of last year’s Alabama-LSU affair in New Orleans is enough to make many fans scream, but you only have Oregon and Kansas State with whom to vent your anger. Oh, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll root hard for Notre Dame and Florida State this weekend.

After yet another zany, unpredictable November Saturday of college football, here’s where we stand: If the Irish beat USC, they’ll be headed to Miami for a Jan. 7 clash, likely with the winner of the Alabama-Georgia SEC title game. The Tide or the Bulldogs could lose this weekend, and then win on Dec. 1, but don’t count on it. Notre Dame versus Alabama or Georgia at Sun Life Stadium? Sounds like a matchup rife with great storylines and intrigue. But what happens if the Irish stumble against a USC team with little left to play for than to ruin the epic run of a rival? That’s when the situation will really get bizarre.

If the Irish fall at The Coliseum on Saturday night, the team most likely to benefit will be Florida, which would have a shot of moving from No. 4 to No. 2 … provided it can beat Florida State in Tallahassee. The only other threat would come from Oregon, which still plays Oregon State and possibly UCLA in the Pac-12 title game.

However, the Ducks were knocked down a peg by Stanford, must travel to Corvallis and have no control over the North Division race. Put differently, a week after it looked as if the SEC might be out of the national title race, we’re now two moves, a Notre Dame loss and a Florida win from what most fans consider Armageddon.

Even worse? The Gators have stunk over the past month, sleepwalking through games with Missouri, Louisiana-Lafayette and Jacksonville State. Florida isn’t the second—or even third—best team in the SEC, let alone the entire country.

Imagine a repeat of the Cocktail Party, a 17-9 snoozer won by the Bulldogs? Fans will hit the streets, protesting like Europeans who had their state-sponsored benefits reduced.

You thought you were safe a week ago. You were wrong. The SEC has returned, and it’s as strong and as greedy as ever. Learn the words to the Notre Dame fight song, “Victory March”. Practice your Tomahawk Chop.

College football should have an SEC representative in the BCS National Championship Game in 2012. The league is too deep and talented to be denied. Two reps, though, in a second straight year is not going to be good for the game or its fan base.