OMG- Beat Tennessee, and USC may have been in the Nat'l Championship
Want to get even sicker by the UT loss? Had USC beaten them, they probably would still be the highest rated 1 loss team. Maybe behind Bama or Auburn, but not Missouri (currently 5th). And, we'd be playing Auburn, who is 4th. Our BCS numbers, if we beat Auburn, would have wins over the 4th and 5th ranked team, a top 15 Clemson team, a top 15 UCF team. 4 wins over top 15 teams just MIGHT have been enough in the computers to jump Ohio State at #2.
A 1 loss South Carolina SEC champion with 4 wins over top 15 teams? Probably would. And many are saying that Michigan State WILL beat Ohio State, as MSU is the only top 15 OSU has faced....IN TWO YEARS!!
Makes me sick. That long ass pass that our DB had his hand on, on 3rd down, which led to the FG. THAT play may have cost us a shot at FSU for the Nat'l title.
That said...remember 1997? That was Peyton Manning's last year. UT's best QB ever. Everyone thought THAT was their year, but, he and UT dropped a game they shouldn't have.
In 1998, Manning's replacement won a NC at Tennessee.
This year, we lose our best QB ever. Next year? We return a TON of players, a great group of WR's, the best RB in the SEC, a very talented, huge offensive line. All our LB's are young and coming back, and they are playing well right now. DB's? We always seem to replace them, and they're young now too. DL? We are becoming "DL U" we've turned out so many good ones.
UGA will be down a bit. Florida too. Missouri loses a ton of key seniors. Bama and LSU lose a lot. Texas A&M loses Manziel.
Who knows. 2014 just might be our year to finally win the SEC...and maybe more.