When the first BCS Standings came out, many people were questioning the Florida Gators placement at No. 2. After the 44-11 beatdown given to the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Gators proved to the nation that they are a legit contender for the BCS National Championship.
The No.3 Florida Gators hold a 7-0 (6-0 in SEC ) record and ultimately need just one more conference victory against the Georgia Bulldogs to have their tickets punched to Atlanta, Georgia to represent the SEC East in 2012 SEC Championship Game.
Looking out to the West, there are currently three teams in the hunt for the SEC West. There are the No.13 Mississippi State Bulldogs 7-0 (3-0 in SEC), the No.6 LSU Tigers 7-1 (6-1 in SEC) and the Crimson Tide of Alabama 7-0 (4-0), who hasn't lost any ground in the Top 25 and still sits at No. 1 atop the FBS.
I'm projecting the Florida Gators to finish the regular season undefeated, since they can easily defeat No. 12 Georgia and a tumbling Chris Thompson-less Florida State team. With three other games against a weak transitioning Missouri Tigers team, a somewhat tough Ragin' Cajun La. Lafayette team out of the Sun Belt and a FCS school in Jacksonville State, it's hard not to see the Gators going into the SEC Championship Game with nothing less than a 12-0 record.
I am also projecting that Nick Saban's Crimson Tide to go undefeated. With two tough tasks ahead of them, this will be the time we see close calls for upsets against Alabama. I fully expect the Bulldogs of Mississippi State, to keep the game close, but will fall off in the fourth quarter.
I expect LSU to take 'Bama to the final whistle, but lose to the Tide by a field goal. After the two tasks are completed, the Tigers will take on a tough Aggies squad at home (which they should beat) and finish the year against two weak teams in Western Carolina and Auburn.
With the Crimson Tide and Gators both standing at 12-0, the 2012 SEC Championship winner will get its tickets punched to Miami Gardens, Florida for the 2012 BCS National Championship Game.
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