Following Florida's incredible 37-26 victory against Florida State and Oklahoma's dramatic 51-48 victory against Oklahoma State Saturday, the 2013 Sugar Bowl couldn't ask for a better matchup than Oklahoma vs. Florida.
Trailing 20-13 entering the fourth quarter, Florida dug deep and showed the heart of a champion, scoring 24 unanswered points to beat the rival Seminoles in their backyard. Coming after lackluster performances against Missouri, UL-Lafayette and Jacksonville State that had most experts believing Florida State would win, this win was sweeter than sugar for the Gators.
While this was taking place, Oklahoma was in the midst of a shootout. A shootout in the Big 12? Get out of here. With drama intensifying, the Sooners "Bell-dozed" their way into the end zone with four seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Brennan Clay won it for the Sooners in the first overtime with an 18-yard touchdown run. Next for Oklahoma is a game against TCU, followed by the wait to see which bowl game it will play in.
Should Kansas State beat Texas, the Wildcats will go to the Fiesta Bowl, which could send the Sooners to the Sugar Bowl to play the Gators.
Assuming, of course, no funny business happens in the polls that would send the loser of the SEC Championship Game, a two-loss Alabama or Georgia team, to the Superdome.
A better scenario couldn't happen to the Sugar Bowl or college football fans. A Florida-Oklahoma matchup would feature two of the most successful programs in the 2000s, and, more importantly, would be another great matchup on the field.
Big 12 fans probably believe Oklahoma will score at will against the Gators, while SEC fans tend to think Oklahoma will struggle against Florida's premier defense.
This sets up quite an intriguing battle of dominant units. It's the Big 12's bread and butter against the SEC's trademark.
Can Blake Bell muscle his way through an SEC defense? Can Landry Jones overcome Florida's athleticism and escape Matt Elam's wrath in the secondary?
There are just so many questions that need to be answered on the field.
SEC and Big 12 fans love to bicker back and forth, and this is a game that could settle some of those arguments. Arguments that go like this:
"Y'all don't play defense! An SEC team would steamroll over you and then suffocate your offense."
"We don't play defense? Y'all don't play offense! It's so boring watching two teams barely move the football. And look at what Texas A&M is doing to the SEC! Proof right there that the Big 12 is better."
You have to love college football, right? Oklahoma is seventh in the nation in points per game with 41.7, and the Gators are third in the nation in points allowed per game with 12.9.
Something has to give here, and for the sake of every college football fan, let's hope this matchup occurs. In the meantime, let the comment section below serve as the battleground.
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