Sunday, November 2, 2008

After the Humiliation of Georgia, the Gators in Striking Distance

By JC De La Torre

The University of Florida destroyed one of their biggest rivals, the Georgia Bulldogs 49-10 (rubbing it in a little bit with a couple time outs at the end of the game - revenge for last year's team celebration by Georgia) and thanks to the impressive win against a top 10 team, the Gators find themselves a bit closer to a BCS title berth, as they jumped several 1 loss teams, jumping to #5 in the BCS Standings. Alabama is #1, with Texas Tech at #2, Penn State #3, and Texas dropping to #4.

While they definitely hoped to hop Texas, one thing is certain, the Gators National Championship hopes were boosted with their dominant performance and the loss by Texas to Texas Tech.

Texas Tech still has tough games against Oklahoma State and Oklahoma, plus the Big 12 Championship game to get threw. The Gators, if they win out, would get their shot at #1 Alabama. A Texas Tech stumble would put the Gators fate into their own hands. Penn State may have the clearest path to the title game with only one game remaining against a ranked opponent (Michigan State). Alabama still have a trip to Death Valley to face LSU and the annual war with Auburn left. Florida still has pesky Vanderbilt and South Carolina before their war with Florida State. Texas does have a tough game on the road against Kansas, but likely will need to win out and hope to see Texas Tech drop two to get to the Big 12 championship game. If Texas doesn't reach the Big 12 Championship, its definitely possible because of the Gators strength of schedule, Florida could jump them.

I think if the Gators run the table and win the SEC Championship, they will be in the title game, likely facing Penn State.

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