Well, it’s that time of year again, the time for some serious movement in the football polls. Once again, there has been change after change in the rankings, and we have seen some teams fail to play to their full potential. It has been an exciting year so far, and there are still some great contests yet to be decided.
I am unashamedly a Florida Gator fan, and have been one for more years than I can remember. While stationed in Georgia, I was surrounded by Bulldog fans, and they always let me know their team was much better. Funny, I don’t remember that being the case!
My wife and I used to pastor a church in SW Georgia, and one of our members is the consummate Bulldog fan; a look inside her house would certainly confirm that fact. There’s red and black everywhere you look, with mascots in plenteous array. She told me one time that when Georgia beat the Gators, I would have to wear a black tux and a red cummerbund to church. My reply was “I don’t have a tux.” Her reply was “I’ll buy one for you.” Funny thing is, I don’t think her husband is a Georgia fan. Hmmm!
After the Gators had bulldog for lunch a few weeks ago, I got a pleasant call from Georgia. After my greetings, I heard the sweet refrain of “Ain’t it great to be a Florida Gator?” That was music to my ear, and would love to have heard it again. I had to make the call last year, and it was difficult, to say the least. She lamented the fact I didn’t sound very enthused when saying “Go, Bulldogs!” My reply? “I’m just not used to making the call and don’t have much experience.” She was not impressed.
One of my favorite holidays was celebrated yesterday, and I am grateful for the opportunity to offer thanks to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and God, the Father. The Spirit of God is my comforter, and I am thankful for God’s love and care for me and my family. I hope you have much to be thankful for, too.
As we near the end of this football season, I am reminded to be thankful for the one loss our team endured – Ole Miss winning by one point in a disastrous game in September. Thankful for a loss? Absolutely. It’s all in how you look at things. I tell my congregation all the time “your attitude affects your altitude.” Thank you, Ole Miss, for waking up the giant in us. Thank you for causing the Gators to come away from that embarrassing loss with a renewed determination to excel. Thank you for causing the Gators to play to their full potential. It should be noted the rest of the SEC probably isn’t too thankful for that one loss.
This post isn’t about stats and figures; it’s about our need to take care of three more games in order to hoist the national championship trophy again. Three games await us, three games will challenge us, and three games will decide whether or not our team is as good as they have been playing since the Ole Miss game.
My church clerk is a serious FSU fan, and my Sunday School Superintendent is a Miami Hurricane fan, which leaves me as the only Gator fan in the office. That’s perfectly alright with me, though. We all joke about FSU having a pretty good team when all the players are there and not being detained because of off-field antics. Coach Bowden has certainly had his share of players who have had to endure much needed discipline.
Our first hurdle is FSU, and that should be a pretty good game. I’ve said they have a decent defense which looked intimidating at times. Our defense has certainly become mature over the course of the season, and can stand toe-to-toe with any team. FSU’s defense has proven formidable during several games this year, but has also been shown to be quite porous, too. They just haven’t been consistent.
Our offense, defense and special team play has been nothing short of remarkable since that one point loss to Ol’ Miss. Actually, it was pretty good before that game, too, but all three areas have moved up to a higher level. The question is, can the Gators sustain their momentum? In my opinion, the answer is a resounding “yes.”
After the FSU game, we play for the SEC championship against a pretty good ‘Bama team. They are the default No. 1; in my opinion, there’s several other teams which should be rated in the slot they currently hold. Remember, they still have to get by Auburn, which they should do handily. Don’t count them as winners, though, as in-state rivalry games seems to throw out all the norms. Auburn could walk away tomorrow with a win.
The Crimson Tide have been close to losing several games this year to teams that should have been blown off the field by them. To say it kindly, the Tide has won several games by just a hair, which doesn’t show them as being worthy of the No. 1 slot. Florida, on the other hand, has offered up some pretty lopsided scores over the past couple of months.
Should we win over FSU and ‘Bama, we will most surely play for the national championship. I am not going to speculate who our opponent will be, but it will be a worthy opponent. To get to the title game, though, the Gators need to make sure the real Gators show up tomorrow and to the SEC championship. If the Gators play as well during the next two games as they have over the course of the last several weeks, we will surely come out on top.
What are your thoughts about the matter? Do you think the Florida Gators have a good shot at winning the BCS title?