2005-08-26

As if Florida v. Vandy isn't ugly enough ...


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... now the SEC coaches have gone and voted Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler as the preseason, first team All-SEC QB. Cutler got the nod over seemingly superior Florida QB, Chris Leak.

I admit my bias for the Florida schools. That aside, it's still hard to reconcile the SEC coaches' choice. It's not just about wins and losses, fine. Leak has almost double Cutler's yardage, and a slightly better TD/Int ratio while throwing nearly three times as many touchdowns. Did they factor in the expectations placed on the respective schools? Neither fared fared well in that case.

Regardless of the rationale, life in the SEC will go on, and eventually Florida will meet Vanderbilt in a game that you can put in Florida's column right now - write it in pen. There's no shame in that if you're a Commodore. As SEC football goes, Vandy boasts a really great Engineering department. That's who they are. Unfortunately, this also makes them a doormat for the behemoth championship contenders with whom they share the strongest conference in the land.

I doubt the Gators have circled the Vandy game on their calendars in blood. Every year they have bigger fish to fry in Gainesville. Still, when it comes time for the Commodores to visit the Swamp, I can't help but think that this will be in the back of some Gator minds - not a good thing for Vanderbilt.

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