College GameDay Right to Spurn West Virginia vs. Texas for SEC Showdown

Jake Martin@JakeMartinSECCorrespondent IIISeptember 30, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08:  Jadeveon Clowney #7 of the South Carolina Gamecocks smiles on the way to defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 54-3 during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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ESPN's College GameDay made the right choice by choosing to go to the huge showdown in the SEC East rather than the West Virginia-Texas showdown.

Georgia and South Carolina are clearly the front-runners in the SEC East, and though Florida is right there with them, the winner of this game Saturday will be in the driver's seat in the SEC East.

Even more so, it's a matchup between unbeaten Top 10 teams (in both polls). 

The game kicks off at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, and an argument could be made that it's the most important game of the year so far.

"Well, West Virginia is in the Top 10, and Texas is knocking on the door. That would make that game just as important, wouldn't it?" my lovely Big 12 supporters will say. 

Yeah, that's a fair point. But Georgia and South Carolina know how to play this thing called defense too. It's where one team stops the other team from scoring.

Though Tennessee totaled 478 yards against this defense, Georgia was still adjusting to getting Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo back into the lineup. Rust was obviously visible, and the seven total turnovers didn't help either team's case.

But hey, no excuses; it was a Big 12-like shootout.

As for the Gamecocks' sloppy first-half effort, well, South Carolina came out in the second half and reasserted its dominance. In fact, it didn't allow a single point in the second half and scored 31 unanswered points.

"Congrats, that's Kentucky, and you said it yourself that Georgia's defense performed terribly against Tennessee. Did you see what Geno Smith did against Baylor? Come on, get on the bandwagon already," Big 12 fans plead.

OK, honestly, who enjoyed that 70-63 game against Baylor?

I realize that Big 12 fans must hate me by now, but come on, football was built on defense and physical play.

These video-game numbers that Geno Smith put up (656 passing yards and eight touchdowns) are absolutely embarrassing for this Baylor defense.

Heck, this is the same team that made Keith Price look like a first-round draft pick last year in the Alamo Bowl. Price completed 23 of 37 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns. Oh, and he also ran for three scores.

What did he do against an SEC defense this year? Price completed less than 50 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and an interception against LSU. Just saying.

So while Texas vs. West Virginia should turn into a good ol' Texas shootout, why not watch a game that features great offenses, great defenses and solid special teams? As the quarters fly by in this Big 12 matchup, the scoreboard keeper will be the hardest-working man in the stadium.

Texas is averaging 47.3 points per game, and though it was thought to be a great defensive team, it just gave up 36 points to Oklahoma State and 31 points to Ole Miss.

Think West Virginia, who's averaging 53 points per game, won't work this Longhorn defense?

Enjoy the touchdown after touchdown after touchdown view in Texas. SEC country will enjoy some good ol' smash-mouth football down in South Carolina. ESPN's College GameDay agrees.

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