Florida State to the SEC? This Florida Gator Says Bring It On!

Jim FolsomContributorAugust 12, 2011

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25:  Florida State Seminoles cheerleaders perform during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Virginia Commonwealth defeated Florida State 72-71 in overtime.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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So the hot rumor on ESPN and around the state of Florida is that the SEC and Florida State are in discussions about the Seminoles leaving the ACC and joining the SEC. I'm not sure how the rest of Gator nation would like this move, but as for me, I say say let's do it.

Having FSU in the SEC won't negatively affect UF at all in my opinion. The Gators already have to recruit against them in their back yard. They already play FSU in every sport. So this is no big deal right? Well, maybe not. If the Noles are put in UF's division it could make the road to the SEC Championship Game a bit tougher. If FSU truly is back among the Elite in college football, they could get to Atlanta at the Gators' expense a few times. I don't think the Gators would have won all those SEC Titles in the 90s had the Noles been there too.

But other than that, I see no negative impact for Florida. In fact, I think it could be a plus. Imagine Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina all having to play FSU every year in a conference game. Florida already plays them, although it doesn't count in SEC standings. Imagine the Florida-Florida State rivalry ending the season with a trip to the SEC Title game riding on it on top of everything else. That would be pretty big stuff.

The Florida-FSU rivalry with the SEC East riding on it most years would propel that rivalry to Auburn-Alabama status. That would be a good thing.

In basketball, you could create a rivalry there too. Right now the two only play one game in November or December. That's a bit like playing the football game in early September. By the end of the season it's almost forgotten about. Imagine two FSU-UF games with big NCAA seeding implications. Imagine one of them being the last game before the SEC Tournament. Imagine FSU and Florida meeting in the SEC Tournament.

Think about baseball for a minute. The two are perennial national powerhouses. Right now they meet in four mid-week games. Mid week games are when you run out your fourth best starter. FSU and UF never play meaningful baseball unless they meet in the NCAA Tournament. If they played a three game weekend series, that would change.

So I say welcome Florida State to the SEC. It's about time you played in a big time conference. Now let's see what you have.