South Carolina vs. Florida: Gators Show They Deserve to Be No. 1 in BCS Rankings

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIOctober 20, 2012

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 20: The Florida Gators celebrate their victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on October 20, 2012 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated South Carolina 44-11. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The Florida Gators are the best team in the country. As such, they deserve to be the No. 1 team in the BCS rankings.

No, I didn't just stutter. The Gators truly are the best team in the country, and their complete and utter domination of one of the top teams in the country proves it. Sure, it was in the Swamp, but that doesn't give them a 30-point advantage.

This isn't a knock against the Gamecocks either. Yes, they had some mistakes, but Florida did what a national championship-caliber team does. They not only scored after the turnovers, but they scored touchdowns in order to break the spirit of the No. 7 Gamecocks.

Games like this prove they are the best team in the country.


The argument for Alabama as the No. 1 team is weak.

The first team that most people consider to be better than Florida is Alabama. Sure, Alabama is undefeated. And yes, Alabama has dominated their opponents. But who have they played?

Unlike pro football, college football teams set their own schedules and pick the easiest opponents they can. Alabama has done that.

They have been playing the likes of Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic—both Sun Belt teams—to supplement their easy early conference opponents in Arkansas (3-4, 2-2 SEC), Ole Miss (4-3, 1-2 SEC), and Missouri (3-4, 0-4 SEC).

Yes, they have a victory over a 5-2 Michigan team, but that team isn't even ranked right now in the coaches' poll, despite being a preseason No. 11. Strength of schedule is in the computer polls for the BCS and don't be shocked if Alabama loses their No. 1 spot because of a very weak schedule or loses a game once they play someone who has talent.


Oregon? Since when has a non-SEC team deserved the No. 1 BCS spot?

The other team that people would say is better than the Gators is Oregon. However, since when has a Pac-12 schedule warranted a ranking for the top spot? The last six national titles have been won by the SEC, and that is primarily due to the top-notch schedules these teams play.

Enter Oregon. While they have played tremendously on offense and haven't scored less than 42 points in a game this year, they haven't played anyone of substance. The highest-rated team they have beat, so far, is currently No. 24 in the USA Today poll—a 5-2 Arizona State.

So yes, the Oregon offense is tremendous, but that defense isn't. When they finally play a team with an offense that can score points, don't be surprised to see them get into a tremendous shootout. The Southern California Trojans or the Oregon State Beavers will expose their true colors as a team that doesn't deserve the top spot.


Florida isn't the most "complete" team. But they are the best.

The thing people say they want the No. 1 team to be is "complete." They want them to crush people on offense and defense. They want them to dominate in all facets of the game. That's not how it should be though.

The best team is one that wins games, no matter how they are competed in. It wins them against any team in the country. It can handle adversity, tough away crowds and even turn its bad games into victories. 

And the No. 1 team in the nation isn't one that will be blowing teams out all year and making it look easy. That team doesn't understand how to play when it's down and needs to earn the touchdown for the win in the crucial final moments.

No, the team that will be the best by the end of the season is the one that scratches, claws and earns it. That team this year is the Florida Gators.


Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL Draft Website and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.