SEC Fatigue Kicks into Overdrive After 1st BCS Rankings Announcement

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterOctober 14, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Will Muschamp of the Florida Gators waits on the sidelines during the Gator Bowl against the Ohio State Buckeyes at EverBank Field on January 2, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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If you're a sports radio host outside of the Southeast and you like college football, congratulations; you have your talking points for tomorrow's show.

The first release of the 2012 BCS standings looked a lot like the final edition of the 2011 season, with SEC teams occupying the top two spots.

As expected, Alabama chimed in at the top spot with a BCS average of .9761. But it wasn't the Crimson Tide that shocked the college football world. Instead, it was Florida coming in at the No. 2 spot ahead of Oregon, despite being ranked behind the Ducks in the two human polls. 

SEC fatigue reached epic levels ever since Alabama slid into last season's BCS National Championship Game ahead of Oklahoma State, and the first release of the 2012 standings is sure to kick SEC fatigue into overdrive.

If the top two spots weren't enough, LSU and South Carolina, each of which already has one loss, currently occupy the No. 6 and 7 spots, respectively.

With that said, fans on both sides need to calm down.

Florida's resume this season is tough to beat. It has big road wins at Texas A&M and Tennessee in back-to-back weeks and physically dominated No. 6 LSU two weeks ago. It solved its biggest issue from the offseason with the emergence of running back Mike Gillislee and has a stifling defense that's fast, physical and extremely well-coached.

But if you're rooting for the Gators to lose, relax—there's still time.

They've still got No. 7 South Carolina this week, No. 11 Georgia at the end of the month, No. 14 Florida State at the end of the regular season and then, presumably, a highly-ranked team out of the SEC West for the conference championship game on Dec. 1.

If the Gators run that gauntlet, they deserve any and all accolades that come their way and will likely end the national title hopes of several teams along the way.

If you suffer from SEC fatigue, I get it; seeing four SEC teams in the top seven of the first BCS standings sends chills up your spine. But it's only mid-October.

It took an extraordinary set of circumstances for Alabama to slide into last season's BCS National Championship Game versus LSU, and this is only the first step of a really long staircase.

Take a few more steps before sounding the BCS alarm.