2. The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Florida’s win over Georgia was sort of a College Football Playoff-caliber moment.
USC’s win over Arizona State – complete with an unbelievable ending with the Trojans scoring twice and helped by an onside kick in the final few minutes – was even more underrated since that was a big, big, big thing for the Pac-12, but the formerly-known-as-the-Cocktail-Party had more big picture implications.
And why was the Gator win so underrated? 1) The entire planet was talking about the election being called for Joe Biden just a few hours before, and 2) the entire sports planet was talking about Clemson- Notre Dame just a few hours after.
The winner was going to control its own destiny. Now, Florida is in the College Football Playoff – not officially, but of course it’s in – if it get through Arkansas, at Vanderbilt, Kentucky, at Tennessee and LSU unscathed before winning the SEC Championship.
The other massive part to that puzzle is that Georgia didn’t win.
Florida’s victory now elevates Texas A&M, who beat the Gators a few weeks ago and whose only loss is to Alabama. Now, if Alabama wins out, or even if Florida wins out, a reasonable argument could be made that the Aggies belong in the CFP if they go 9-1.
The SEC race isn’t close to over, and the Gator defense has shown enough holes to keep fans up at night against anyone left on the slate other than Vanderbilt, it’s going to take something crazy for it not to be Bama-Florida for the conference title.