With the BCS rankings going into its second week for the 2012 season, a growing sentiment is that the Florida Gators have the better resume compared to No. 1 Alabama, who they unfortunately do not have on their schedule this year.
Of course, if both the Gators and the Crimson Tide win out, they'll get to settle who the better team is on the field in the SEC Championship.
But for the sake of a paper vs. paper debate (which is purely for office and blogging debate purposes), comparing Florida's resume of opponents vs. Alabama's gives a clear and decisive advantage to the Gators.
Let's give Alabama the floor first since it is the defending national champions.
We are now seven games into the season for the Crimson Tide, and the question becomes who have been Alabama's quality opponents?
Michigan? The Tide wiped the floor with the Wolverines 41-14, who were a preseason No. 8 time. Since then, they have gone 5-1 and climbed back to 22 in the BCS standings. Still, many would call Michigan an overrated opponent.
Besides Michigan then, who else has 'Bama had to deal with that is a quality opponent? Don't say Arkansas and Tennessee. It might be the SEC, but it doesn't mean everyone's quality.
The answer is, Alabama has not played anyone up to this point of substantial merit. But to its credit, it has absolutely, positively, dominated everyone on its schedule, which is all you can ask of it.
In evaluating Florida, the Gators won a tough game against a better-than-average Texas A&M team on the road at College Station. Two weeks ago, they beat the then-No. 3 Tigers of LSU and totally dominated an out of sync South Carolina Gamecocks team that came in ranked No. 7.
Bottom line, up to this point, Florida has played the tougher schedule.
However, everything starts to head into overdrive starting this week, as No. 2 Florida and No. 10 Georgia clash down in Jacksonville and No. 1 Alabama hosts the surprising, surging No. 11 Bulldogs of Mississippi State.
From there, Florida will have No. 12 Florida State in their rivalry game as the only opponent it needs to worry about, while Alabama will travel to Baton Rouge to take on No. 6 LSU and then have No. 23 Texas A&M come to town before it hosts struggling Auburn in the Iron Bowl.
What it means is that by the time the season is done, both Alabama and Florida will have plenty of quality opponents to compare when it comes to the BCS computer evaluation.