College GameDay Makes Correct Call Snubbing Big 12 Showdown for SEC East Clash

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIOctober 14, 2012

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 13:  Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates a touchdown against the LSU Tigers in the third quarter at Tiger Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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ESPN's College GameDay made the easy pick when they chose the Florida/South Carolina game over West Virginia and Kansas State.

For anyone arguing that the Big 12 was snubbed with this decision, you might want to rethink your stance. The Big 12 getting snubbed? Eh, the decision is more like paying homage to the best conference in college football.

The Mountaineers and Wildcats will battle with heavy implications Saturday night on FOX, but at 3:30 p.m. ET, the SEC East's eventual winner could be decided.

Florida vs. South Carolina will be the main attraction next Saturday for so many reasons. The first is the tight race in the SEC. LSU, Alabama, Mississippi State and Texas A&M all control their destiny in the SEC West, but the SEC East is a little more complicated.

Should Florida beat South Carolina this weekend, the Gators will be the clear frontrunner in the division and South Carolina could be out of the running for an SEC Championship. Kind of crazy when you think about the Gamecocks' 35-7 win against Georgia in Week 6, ay? But if South Carolina wins, it will be a whole new season.

South Carolina will be in the driver's seat again, as the Gamecocks, Florida and Georgia will all hold one loss and South Carolina will hold victories over both teams. Basically, this game could make or break the season for both teams.

Secondly, West Virginia is coming off of a loss last week to Texas Tech. And it wasn't a normal loss—it was a beatdown.

Texas Tech whomped the Mountaineers 49-14, and Geno Smith's video game numbers were reduced to just 275 passing yards and one touchdown.

Those numbers aren't terrible by any means, but the 676 total yards the Mountaineers gave up to Texas Tech is enough to make any defensive coordinator pay visits to a nearby therapist. "Ain't nobody got time for that."

Watching West Virginia play defense is like watching a quarterback throw to his wide receivers during passing drills. Is there even a defense on the field? This defense is giving up 496 yards per game. Seriously, where's the D?

Going against West Virginia, "Optimus Klein" will actually look like a transformer against this defense. Heck, Collin Klein is sure to look like a mixture of Tim Tebow and Cam Newton come Saturday night. What's the over/under for missed tackles in this game? 50?

And last but not least, come on, it's a better game. South Carolina and Florida are two complete football teams that are excellent in every phase of the game.

Will it be a defensive struggle? Most likely, but those are the games that turn into classics. Which game received highlight of the night last week? It was LSU and South Carolina, and that was a great defensive effort by both teams. Florida and South Carolina should offer the same value in entertainment.

Who would rather watch West Virginia vs. Kansas State than two dominant defenses facing off against physical offenses? Not to mention, both clubs are well-versed in special teams.

South Carolina has the most electrifying return man in football this season with Ace Sanders, while Florida's Caleb Sturgis is a sure-footed kicker who's made 11 of his 13 attempted field goals this season.

Two complete teams facing off to potentially decide who represents the SEC East against the SEC West winner? Yeah, sign me up for that one. What more could you ask for in a regularseason game? 

LSU and Texas A&M will be another game to keep an eye on, but considering College GameDay already made an appearance at College Station this year, they had to choose the SEC East showdown.  

So with so much on the line for Steve Spurrier's return to The Swamp, how could ESPN refuse going to the SEC showdown? Any other decision would have just been poor judgement.