SEC Football: Style Points Few and Far Between on 'Cupcake Weekend'
Remember earlier in the week when we discussed the reason for the SEC's "Cupcake Weekend," which annually takes place the week before rivalry weekend?
Yeah, well, "Cupcake Weekend" didn't go according to plan for some SEC teams in the Top 10.
No. 9 South Carolina went into the fourth quarter with Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) foe Wofford tied at seven.
The Gamecocks caught fire and pulled away to a rather comfy 24-7 win. Comfy by the standards of this "Cupcake Weekend," anyway. But they were out-gained by 45 yards by the Terriers, and any Gamecocks fan who tells you they weren't nervous in this one is lying.
Not to be outdone, No. 5 Georgia struggled with another FCS school that runs the triple option: the Georgia Southern Golden Eagles.
The Bulldogs were only up 10-7 on their intra-state foe until a feverish touchdown drive at the end of the first half gave them a 10-point lead heading into the locker room. They pulled away to a 45-14 win, but it certainly wasn't the most inspired effort of all time.
No. 6 Florida didn't fare so well either. The Gators topped Jacksonville State 23-0, but like the Bulldogs, only led by 10 at halftime.
It was yet another less-than-stellar offensive performance for the Gators, who were playing without starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, who injured his ankle last weekend.
Now, a win is a win, and these SEC teams were certainly sleepwalking. But this particular "Cupcake Weekend" won't sit well on a national level and could come back to bite the SEC.
Georgia has a chance to knock off Alabama in the SEC Championship Game and become the top one-loss team in the country. That would put the Bulldogs in prime position to make the BCS National Championship Game if two of the three eligible undefeated teams lose.
Will "Cupcake Weekend" haunt the SEC?
But there is still an outside shot that one-loss Florida—which is currently above undefeated Oregon in the BCS computer average—could slide in. And if any team in the country knows what it's like to be the two-loss team standing around when BCS chaos erupts, it's No. 7 LSU.
But all of those teams need the SEC to be perceived as dominant. While the scores this weekend vs. FCS opponents may not look like a big deal, any Harris Poll voter or coach (SID) watching football on Saturday knows that they were more interesting than they should have been.
When you're playing from behind in the BCS beauty contest, you need style points. Those were more myth than reality in the SEC on Saturday.
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