Notebook: Spurrier believes SEC not yet out of BCS chase

Coach says SEC champ could leap unbeaten teams

jkendall@thestate.comNovember 11, 2012 

Alabama’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M erased the SEC’s final unblemished record and may have ended the league’s run of six straight BCS national champions.

Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame remain undefeated, and conventional wisdom suggests if at least two of them remain so, the SEC will not get a team into the national title game. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier isn’t sure that’s right.

“I don’t think the winner of the SEC championship game would be out of it yet,” Spurrier said.

And Spurrier believes that even if the Ducks, Wildcats and Irish remain unbeaten. Georgia has clinched a spot in the SEC title game and will be joined by Alabama as long as Alabama beats Auburn in two weeks.

“I would think if Georgia beats Georgia Tech and Alabama wins out and they play each other, I would think (the winning) team may have a shot at getting into the final game even if one of those teams that doesn’t have a tough schedule (is undefeated),” Spurrier said. “You just have to wait it all out and see how it falls.”

Coming into the weekend, Alabama’s schedule was ranked the 14th-toughest in the country, Notre Dame’s the 28th, Kansas State’s the 29th, Georgia’s the 40th and Oregon’s the 45th by USA Today’s Jeff Sagarin.

“Isn’t that what the BCS is for, to sort of go by strength of schedule and all that?” Spurrier asked.

Congratulations

Saturday’s opponent, Wofford, already has won a title this season. The Terriers will share the Southern Conference title with Georgia Southern and Appalachian State. All three teams finished with a 6-2 league record.

“Congratulations to Wofford for winning the Southern Conference championship,” Spurrier said. “I know they share it with two other teams, but you know 10 years from now, nobody will say you are co-champs. The one we won at Duke was actually a co-championship, and I have never heard Virginia say they were co-champs, and you’ll never hear us Dukies say we were co-champs.”

Smith back soon

Junior wide receiver DeAngelo Smith did not dress out Saturday after suffering a cut above his eye that needed stitches, Spurrier said. Smith, who has two catches this season, is expected to return to the lineup this week.

Swearinger honored

D.J. Swearinger was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s national defensive player of the week for his performance in Saturday’s 38-20 win over Arkansas. Swearinger had a career-high 13 tackles and returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown.

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