After the sting of Saturday’s loss to Misery wore off, the realization had to be dealt with. That this team will not win a MNC, not with so many unbeaten or 1-loss teams ahead of it.
To me, though, I wasn’t terribly down about it. Coming into the year, I saw this as a 2 or maybe 3 loss year. This team had to run a gauntlet early on with its schedule, and it finally caught up with it, emotionally and physically.
Even if this team does not win a MNC, Atlanta still means a GREAT deal.
Yes, I know the Sugar Bowl sounds like a consolation prize. And even if the Gumps drill us in Atlanta, getting there is huge. Why? Because to be an elite program, you have to have the expectation of a fan base that if it’s December, odds are that you’ll be headed to the SEC championship game. When you are a factor in that each year, it makes you an upper-level program.
So if this team can somehow get to Atlanta, it’ll continue its path back to where it needs to be.
All it has to do is get Mizzou to lose twice and find a way to beat Vandy and Florida.
Simple enough, right?