Muschamp responds to Saban
Published: Monday, November 26, 2012 at 1:02 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 26, 2012 at 3:41 p.m.
Florida coach Will Muschamp on Monday offered a solution for Alabama coach Nick Saban, who has expressed having a problem with the loser of the SEC Championship Game being shut out of the BCS bowl picture and not having a chance to play in the Sugar Bowl.
“Well, I can switch and go to Atlanta if he doesn’t want to go to Atlanta and play the Dawgs,” Muschamp said. “Be careful what you ask for, Nick.”
On an SEC Championship Game teleconference Sunday, Saban said he did not feel comfortable with the scenario that shuts the loser of Saturday’s game out of the Sugar Bowl, where instead the 11-1 Gators appear headed after securing an at-large bid to a BCS bowl with their victory over Florida State.
“For either one of these teams, it's not really a great scenario,” Saban said. “You play your way into the championship game, which means you're the best team in your division. They're the best team in their division. They played their way into the game by a total body of work for the whole season. It doesn't seem quite right, but it is what it is.
“I don't really know what me commenting about it is going to do to change it, but I don't feel good about it for our football team or their football team.”’
But it is what it is. The loser of the SEC title game usually falls out of BCS bowl contention and more often than not ends up in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando. It’s the likely destination of the Alabama-Georgia loser Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Gators, who are ranked No. 4 in the BCS standings, have secured a spot in a BCS bowl, probably the Sugar in New Orleans on Jan. 2.
“(UF athletic director) Jeremy (Foley) and I talked this morning and he just said it looked like the Sugar Bowl. Nothing for sure until Sunday night (when bowl pairings are announced), but that’s what it looks like.”
Muschamp and the Gators would prefer being in Atlanta this weekend playing for the SEC title, but the Gators’ loss to Georgia cost them the opportunity.
With a stronger overall resume than Georgia and Alabama, one that includes victories over three top 10 BCS teams, the Gators could be raising a legitimate argument that they should not be out of the running to play in the BCS Championship Game.
But Muschamp won’t go there.
“We knew the rules of engagement when the season started,” he said. “I’m not one that’s going to sit there and complain about it. It is what it is. We had our opportunity in Jacksonville, and we didn’t get it done. That’s our fault. Nobody else’s.
“I’m not a guy that’s going to sit there and bellyache about the rules. They were set before the season started. We knew the deal. I’m not going to sit there and complain about it. We should have won the game.”
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