The months of June and July are among the two worst months of the year for a College Football fan. Spring practices have concluded and the only headlines are usually bearing bad news such as arrest reports or recruiting violations.
Here at SEC Nation, I only have one solution and that is to propose a controversial and argumentative subject and invite discussion. So, let’s do that.
I propose to you fans the question: Do you think that the Ole Miss Rebels won a National Championship for the Florida Gators last season?
Wow, the screams are deafening. I can hear all of you now saying: “Didn’t Ole Miss almost destroy Florida’s hopes for a National Championship by upsetting the Gators in The Swamp last September?” The answer to that question is a resounding yes, but is it possible that a symbiotic relationship was formed between these two teams?
We all know about the inspirational postgame speech delivered by Tim Tebow after the Sept. 27 loss to the Rebels. We also know that the Florida football team has immortalized his words by placing them on a plaque located at the front entrance to the football facility at Florida Field.
Whether you think they worked or not is irrelevant, the fact that the Gators ran the table in their remaining games, including the SEC Championship Game and the BCS National Championship Game is proof that Tebow meant what he said.
The motivation provided by the home loss to the Rebels is not all that I meant when I said that Ole Miss won the championship for the Gators though.
The loss dropped Florida from a No. 4 national ranking down to 12th in the AP Poll and 13th in the Coaches Poll. Florida would have to win games to repair the damage, but the Gators would not benefit if the Rebels went on a losing spree.
Using whop-sided victories over Arkansas and LSU, the Gators were able to move up in the polls the next two weekend’s despite rebound losses by the Rebels to South Carolina and Alabama. At this point the Gators are taking care of business and doing the only thing that they could do to control their destiny: winning games convincingly and delivering on Tebow’s promise.
It is at this time that Ole Miss begins to validate Florida’s loss to them. Beginning on Oct. 25, the Rebels begin an impressive winning streak of their own which will culminate with a 47–34 victory over Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl.
When Ole Miss enters the AP Poll at 25th in the nation during the week 13 poll after an impressive road win in Baton Rouge over LSU, Oklahoma also takes Texas Tech to the woodshed this same weekend so this opens up the No. 2 national ranking for the Florida Gators to slide on into.
The Gators will make good on the promises made by Tebow by continuing their winning ways over Florida State and is poised for victory the next weekend over Alabama in the SEC Championship game. All that winning by Florida guaranteed them a shot at the BCS National Title. All that winning by Ole Miss assured the nation that the one loss suffered by Florida was not a cheap one.
Now all of this doesn’t prove that the Rebels won the championship for Florida, but there is really no way to tell what would have happened to Florida in the eyes of the pollsters if Ole Miss had not finished so strong.
Once again SEC Nation, this is just offseason fodder for the SEC football nut. I never said I agreed with the idea, only that I wanted to stir up a good old SEC discussion. What say you?
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