These are pretty much the only remaining optons for Florifootballing in 2012, starting with the worst-possible outcome.
- Florida allows Georgia to beat them twice, and loses to Mizzou at home. Then the Gators cap off the season with an embarrassing loss at Florida State and finish the year 9-3 and ranked outside the top 15. Georgia wins out with a major upset of Alabama, sending the Dawgs to the National Championship Game and the Tide to the Sugar Bowl. LSU goes to the Cotton Bowl. South Carolina goes to the Capital One Bowl. Mississippi State goes to the Outback Bowl. Florida goes to the Gator Bowl to play someone like Northwestern. Barf.
- Florida bounces back and beats Mizzou, but falls just short in Tallahassee to finish the season 10-2. Georgia gets beat in a close game with Alabama, sending the Tide to the National Championship and Georgia to the Sugar Bowl. South Carolina and Florida get paired up with Michigan and Nebraska in the Outback or Capital One Bowl. Not bad…
- Florida wins out, finishing 11-1 with wins over four top-15 BCS teams. Georgia also wins out, but they get stomped in Atlanta. The Dawgs drop to the Capital One Bowl while Florida slides into the Sugar Bowl. Meanwhile, the national championship picture is muddled. Alabama is in, but Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame are all undefeated. I don’t pretend to know who would get in out of that bunch, but it wouldn’t be K-State. They’re getting exiled to the Orange Bowl, so that leaves Notre Dame or Oregon to play our Gators… AWESOME.
- And now, the long shot. Florida finishes the season on an absolute tour-de-force, the offense coming alive to demolish three pushovers and a top-5 or top-10 FSU team in Tallahassee. Georgia stumbles inexplicably to Ole Miss or at Auburn, vaulting the Gators into Atlanta. Florida uses this “offense” thing to upset Alabama. While all this has been going on, Southern Cal has been playing BCS wrecking ball, knocking off both Oregon and Notre Dame. K-State eventually regresses to the Big XII mean, losing to OK State and/or Texas. LSU and Georgia will have lost to Alabama, meaning that every team ranked ahead of Florida right now will have lost. It will be a muddled mess at the top, but can you see Florida getting left out after finishing the season with back-to-back wins over FSU and Bama on the road? ME NEITHER.
So maybe there are a handful of other wacky scenarios that could come about, but it’s 9:40 and I’m late for work. Still, I think you get the idea.
In the immortal words of J.P. from Angels in the Outfield: “Hey, it could happen!”