Winning the SEC East is more important that beating Clemson. Once, twice or three times in a row. While it sure feels good, it's obvious that the East is more important. Why? No one cares about us. At least that's the way it feels. I feel like we are just a story that gets buried behind LSU-Bama(can't blame 'em there...), Arkansas being the third best and unfortunately behind a team that we beat in UGA. We are ranked higher, as is Arkansas higher than us, but are now just in the backseat. Here's what I have noticed:
1. We beat our rival from the same conference as UGA's rival, be we won in a larger margin of victory.
2. We got to 10 wins for the 2nd time in the history of our school, LSU: I know you're undefeated first time in history, respect, but at least you are rightfully being discussed.
3. We get no Helmet Stickers from Chris Low.
4. Most importantly, we get no mention in the what we learned column. Hey Chris, how about we learned the HBC can still coach, even with injuries and dismissals? How about we learned Connor Shaw can still play QB against a team with a lot of talent? Let's be honest, Clemmy has some athletes on D and Connor played a great game running and throwing. But UGA gets mentioned by C. Low. He praises the level of football they are playing to finish the year.... did you see that UK game? I know Kentucky just beat Tennessee for the first time in 24 years.... but really? UGA is still inconsistent and to offer blanket praise completely ignores what they did one week ago. To any UGA fans, I know you have won ten straight and throttled a team that beat us at home, but if you're ok with the mystery of which team will show up next week.... pass me a glass of what you're drinking.
It's for all of these reasons that Spurrier is right. The East is important. The most important goal on our schedule, because it makes us more relevant. While I'm thrilled to have beaten teams like UT, UF, UGA and CU all in the same year (again) the East is priority number 1. Thanks to the HBC for changing the culture. That doesn't take away from the accomplishments from this group of players. Actually, this bunch of guys seems like they will use this as motivation for 2012. Now for god's sake, win the darn bowl game!!