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Muschamp states Gators' case for BCS

Florida is the only team to win three games against teams ranked in the Top 10 of the current BCS Standings. And the Gators have a 9-1 record against the nation's most difficult schedule.

But when the latest standings were released Sunday, UF again checked in at No. 6, behind one-loss Alabama and one-loss Georgia, which beat Florida three weeks ago in Jacksonville.

When asked Monday whether his team is getting the respect it deserves, coach Will Muschamp said that he's not worried about a potential lack of respect or the opinion of his program among those outside Gainesville.

"I don’t really worry about the perception of what might be out there," he said.

Then he wised up and proceeded to state the Gators' case for a better ranking, as most coaches in Muschamp's position do this time of year.

"Unfortunately, in our profession, sometimes perception becomes reality," Muschamp said. "I don’t apologize for being 3-1 and the only team in the BCS Top 10 that has that record and a better record than anyone else and has a tougher schedule than anyone else in the country.

"So, I don’t know what else you need to do."

But the problem for Muschamp is that even though his team certainly has the best resume of any one-loss team, the perception circulating in college football circles is that Florida doesn't pass the eye test. Sure, the Gators beat LSU and had a convincing win against South Carolina, but the offense has regressed in the last month and Florida struggled mightily against Louisiana on Saturday.

The USA Today Coaches' Poll and the Harris Interactive Poll, which both use human voters, comprise two-thirds of the BCS Standings, and thus have a large impact on the rankings. Currently, due to their strength of schedule and quality of wins, the Gators are ranked No. 3 in four of the six computer polls, No. 2 in one and No. 6 in the last. Their computer ranking when averaging all six is No. 3. But, in the human polls, they fare much worse. Both the coaches and the Harris poll have Florida at No. 7.

No matter how much hot air Muschamp blows, the Gators aren't likely to move up into contention for the BCS National Championship game unless several teams ahead of them lose. Even then, it's a longshot. Muschamp knows that.

"I don’t really worry about it," he said. "You control the things you can control. That’s one thing I learned last year. Some things you can’t control, so don’t spend a whole lot of time worrying about them. Figure out what you can handle, what you can deal with and move forward."

Plus, should the top three remain undefeated, and Georgia beats Alabama in the SEC Championship Game, there is a chance Florida misses a BCS bowl completely, whether it beats Florida State convincingly in two weeks or not.

That's the last thing Florida fans want to hear -- that, in the team's magical turnaround season, it's possible for the Gators to go 11-1 and play in the Outback or Capital One Bowl. But that's reality.

"You look at our record, you look at our schedule and what we’ve accomplished this year," Muschamp said, "we’ve had a hell of a year."

A year that might not be rewarded with a high-paying berth in a BCS bowl.


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I bleed Orange and Blue, but dude, we are NOT an elite team. Elite teams do not barely survive against the "Ragin' Cajuns". Elite teams have solid offenses that CONSISTENTLY move the ball.

We have an elite defense, and an elite special teams. We have a good, scrappy football team that finds a way to win. We had a tough schedule, and we kicked butt and did wayy better than expected. Texas A & M, LSU, South Carolina... it's been a great year.

But our offense has looked offensive these past two games. Muschamp's done a great job, but there is plenty of work to do.

This is what happens when you commit six turnovers against Georgia. Oh well....

We are blessed to be in an elite conference...hence, you win you're in, you lose you go home. He should be proud to have guided us to a 1 loss November - just leave it at that Coach. Leave the shameful groveling to the undefeated and 1 loss teams in weak conferences.

If we beat FSU we go to BCS bowl, period.

We would be one of two one-loss SEC teams and have wins over four top 10 teams.

Come on Gators, get up and go (beat FSU)!

Coach didn't say anything wrong. He did not complain, like his counterpart up north did. Every thing he said is true.
Now I think we are ranked right where we belong in the BCS, behind the 3 undefeateds, and the team that beat us and the current national champs. If you want to argue about swaping places with Bama, fine, one spot does not make much difference.
Now the stuff about elite team is just semantics. We have a defense and special teams that are second to none. The offense is far behind those units and they seem to be regressing. Can they play better? Sure, we do have some weapons on offense. Who is an elite team? Bama was widely regarded as elite, until last Saturday. Oregon? They sure can score. So did the Oregon team that lost the NC to Auburn. K State? They seem solid so far. ND? Too many close calls against mediocre opponents. I would say they all seem elite until they lose a game. Let the season play out, all I know is that the SEC has 6 ofthe top 9 spots. Heck if those teams did not play each other most would be undefeated. Man do we need a playoff system.
All we can do is win out. If we lose to FSU this is all moot. We have achieved well beyond anyones expectations so far. Now that we are in this position I am greedy and want to win out. Go Gators!!

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