I just read an interesting tid bit over on David Hale's blog and wondered why this point was never raised in the whole "Let's move the WLOCP out of Jax to Atlanta or Dubuque or wherever as long as it's not in Florida" debate. 12 out of the last 15 years Florida has had an open date prior to our game, the one year when we had an open date an they did not (2007) we all know what happened. In other years when both teams have played the week prior we have split with them (1-1). So.....why is Damon not on the phone to the SEC offices and raising hell about the fact that we get an open date (or the option to have an open date) prior to the WLOCP once every 5 years or so and UF gets an open date practically every year with some exceptions. Either both teams should play a league game the week prior or both teams should have an open date with each schools respective AD making the call on whether to schedule a non conference game the week prior. When you have two teams of basically the same talent level and one team gets an extra week to get healthy and prepare then you can't expect to have a good result against them. FYI we have an open date this year and then not again until 2013.
My second question is this: Would you rather beat UF or win the SEC? In 2002, 2003, 2005 we did not beat the Turds but either won or played for the SEC Title. In 2004 and 2007 when we won we ended up not playing for the SEC title.