As the 2012 college football season draws to a close, the phenomenon not-so-affectionately known as “SEC fatigue” should be a little less tiresome given the recent bowl outcomes.
Those who love to hate the SEC have been given plenty to be ecstatic about over the past few days as the conference’s schools have fallen to opponents thought to barely be worthy of occupying the same gridiron as them for 60 minutes– the most recent being the Florida Gators who were summarily shellacked by the Louisville Cardinals in this evening’s Allstate Sugar Bowl 33-23.
Teddy Bridgewater and the Cardinals executed Charlie Strong‘s game-planning to a tee, bouncing out to an early first-half lead and never trailing again in spite of a late-game, garbage-time surge by the Gators who were never really in the contest to begin with. Trust us, the final score isn’t indicative of how lopsided this one really was.
Clemson‘s Chick-Fil-A Bowl victory over the LSU Tigers was another unexpected boon for SEC haters as Tahj Boyd and DeAndre “Nuke” Hopkins eviscerated a Les Miles defensive unit once thought to be impenetrable. Sure, Georgia, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt all won their respective games– which was largely expected– but if you love to hate the SEC as so many do, you’ll take what you can get.
This isn’t to say that the hatred won’t be re-kindled should Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide put together a full 60 minutes in the BCS National Championship game and dispatch Brian Kelly‘s Notre Dame Fighting Irish to take home the crystal ball trophy. In fact, it could bring the fatigue right back to the forefront.
As much as Roll Tide, the Gator Chomp and the Ol’ Ball Coach are beloved by those who love the SEC lore they’re equally as hated by everyone else.
Isn’t that what makes college football great, after all?
You can’t have love without some hate.