While some of the reasoning in this post over at Saturday Down South is a little silly – Georgia isn’t talking more about South Carolina than Florida in preseason pressers right now because of the passion of the rivalry, but because it’s the second game of the season – I don’t deny that the series has gotten more heated and that Spurrier is the major cause for that, both because he’s an ass and because he’s raised the play of the program.
But I look at this series the same way I did the one with Tennessee from ’92 until Fulmer left. It became a big deal because the division title was in play (okay, not every year, but work with me here, peeps). Fulmer’s personality added some zest to the recipe, but I’d never put the UT rivalry on the same pedestal with Florida or Auburn, even though they’re all conference rivals. The same goes for South Carolina. And the thing is, besides Spurrier, South Carolina’s never really had others who’ve irritated me like some of the Vols have over the years. (Before you go there, Garcia was comic relief.)
So I can’t call this one “sexy”, really. How do you guys feel about it?