Oct 27, 2012; Jacksonville, FL, USA; SEC officials during the game between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs at EverBank Field. The Bulldogs won 17-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE

South Carolina Gamecocks Eliminated from SEC East Contention


James Franklin thought he was playing for the Gators today. He threw four interceptions straight into the bellies of Forida’s defenders, and looked lost whenever his team passed the fifty yard line.

Florida took advantage and, despite looking like a DII school when they had to start drives in their own territory, won 14-7.

That win means South Carolina has no shot to win the SEC East.

Should Georgia lose to Ole Miss or Auburn to end their SEC season, the Gators will win the SEC east.

The Gamecocks are still in contention for a Sugar Bowl birth, but LSU, Florida and Georgia would all have to lose, and Carolina would have to win out, before selections are made if Carolina is to be seriously considered for that game.

LSU takes on Alabama tonight and finishes the year against Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Arkansas. Florida still has to play two scrubs and Florida State, and UGA will finish the year against Ole Miss, Auburn some team ESPN calls Georgia South, and Georgia Tech. Again, either Florida or Georgia will also have to play Alabama or LSU in the SEC Championship, too.

The Gamecocks finish up things against Arkansas, Wofford and Clemson.

 

Tags: Football SEC South Carolina Gamecocks

  • Michael

    How were the gamecocks not already eliminated by losing the head to head against Florida? Even if Florida were to lose to Missouri they would have finished with the same SEC record as the Cocks and the head to head would be the tie-breaker, no?

    • http://www.facebook.com/frank.e.miles Frank E Miles

      the two losses that FL would have had would have been on the east side and the cocks would have only lost one on the east side just like GA and SC won against GA so that would have put SC in the lead

      • NitPickyGamecock

        Correct. Not sure why someone down voted this.

  • Kyle Brown

    If Florida had lost to Missouri and Georgia dropped one (but not both) of their two remaining SEC games and South Carolina defeated Arkansas (next week) it would have forced a 3-way tie for Eastern Division. That tie would have been decided by the team with the highest BCS ranking which likely would have been the Gamecocks following those late season conference losses by Florida and Georgia. It was certainly a long-shot with a lot of “ifs”…but until the Gators won today, it was a possibility.

    Thanks for reading G&C, Michael!

    • NitPickyGamecock

      Incorrect. If Florida had lost to Mizzou and Georgia had dropped either of their games, SC would have won the division. Here’s why. In that scenario, all three teams have 2 conference losses, but SC only has 1 division loss whereas Florida has 2, so SC gets the tiebreaker over Florida there. SC also has the tiebreaker over Georgia due to head-to-head competition. That is why SC would have won the division if the unlikely situation had played out. This explains it pretty well. Head-to-head competition is the most important factor, divisional record is the second most. http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/134195/sec-divisional-tie-breaker.aspx

      • Kyle Brown

        Yes, you are correct. I was ill-informed, and misunderstood a link someone previously provided me with. I appreciate you taking the time to clarify the tie-breaker procedure for me!

        • NitPickyGamecock

          Anytime! :)