Saturday, October 16, 2010
East up for grabs with Florida loss
By Chris Low
Can the Eastern Division race get any crazier?
Not only does South Carolina go down Saturday at Kentucky, but Florida manages to lose at home to Mississippi State, 10-7.
So brace yourselves Georgia fans: You’re back in the race.
The Gators (4-3, 2-3) have now lost three in a row in the regular season for the first time since 1988, Emmitt Smith’s senior season.
It’s worth noting, too, that the last time Florida lost to Mississippi State, the Gators’ head coach was fired. That was Ron Zook in 2004, paving the way for Urban Meyer’s hiring.
Nobody’s suggesting that Meyer’s going to get fired, but you can bet that Florida fans will be calling for offensive coordinator Steve Addazio’s head more than ever.
The anguish on Meyer's face at the end of that game Saturday spoke volumes. For a guy who's been through everything he has the past year -- the health problems, sudden resignation and then the change of heart -- you know this isn't what he signed up for when he decided to come back.
But back to Georgia.
If the Bulldogs win out and South Carolina loses two of its remaining four SEC games (against Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Arkansas and Florida) then Georgia would be the East champs. South Carolina owns the head-to-head tie breaker against the Bulldogs.
Wow, who saw this coming back in September?