Envy and jealousy, your Daily Gator in the expanded playoffs edition

A good friend of mine (thanks, Howie!) alerted me to this gem from Gainesville Sun writer David Whitley.  He predicts good times ahead for Gator fans with the advent of the 12-team CFP.

This approaches poetry.

Change is always disruptive. Among other things, Florida fans will have to adjust to the thought that losing to Georgia might not be the end of the season, if not the world itself.

That means more meaningful games, more interest and more reason for Gator fans to get out of bed the morning after losing to Georgia…

There would be life after losing to the Bulldogs. That’s a game-changer Florida fans could probably get used to.

The new Gator Standard:  settling for less and pretending it’s more.


Filed under Envy and Jealousy

30 responses to “Envy and jealousy, your Daily Gator in the expanded playoffs edition

  1. dawg100

    So, in order to somehow revive “meaningless” bowls (meaningless because you already lost somewhere along the line a meaningful game or 3) we will make the actual scheduled games meaningless?

    The more I look at it, the more I like my SEC games and championship being de facto play-in games.

    Keep March madness, that’s fine, but keep October meaningful too.

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  2. drunkenmonken

    The responses to this from jort nation should be fun to read.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    it is the national anthem for why a 12 team playoff renders the regular season meaningless.
    did i read that correctly…a turd just said losing to uga would be ok because turds could still get in the playoffs…wtf? so playoffs= happiness not beating a hated rival.
    cfb fans get ready for some January-madness brought to you by Geico and the Home Depot…

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    • trbodawg

      This right here is what most of us have predicted about expanded palyoffs. It changes the focus of the seas from beat “hated rival” to, It’s okay if we lose to “hated rival”, we can still get in the playoffs.

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  4. gotthepicture

    Geebus! Right there is all you need to know about whether a 12-game playoff is good for football.
    I mean, if Georgia, went 14-1 and won the National Championship and the only loss was to Florida at the WLOCP, I would still be elated to win the natty, but the tone of the excerpt isn’t really that.

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  5. Man, it almost sounds like this dude is counting Georgia as a “budgeted loss” in Florida’s future schedules. I’m OK with that.

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    • Castleberry

      Came here to leave the same comment. He fails to mention the opportunity for Florida to lose to us twice in the same season now. Maybe he can brightside that, too. “We can still make a December trip to Georgia – but it will either be for the CFA bowl or a road playoff loss in Athens.”


  6. Ran A

    Hmmm… He’s a little more optimistic than he should be about UF making the play-offs this year.They likely have 3 losses (UGA, Bama and LSU), before you look at teams that could surprise them. Here’s a clue – they play Missouri in Columbia and they play a FSU team that should get better as the season goes.

    With that said… He’s right. The regular season importance of games isn’t as important as it use to be. Beat the teams you should beat, win a big game and lose a big game and the ‘name’ programs are likely to get in – most years. Georgia can lose to the Gators and win a Natty… Sorry, but that’s just weird…

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  7. jcdawg83

    He could have saved a lot of words and simply written “College football will be like the NFL”.

    Liked by 5 people

  8. originaluglydawg

    “There would be life after losing to the Bulldogs.”
    Not if the Bulldogs beat them badly enough.

    Liked by 8 people

    • W Cobb Dawg

      To paraphrase Dean Wormer: Fat, drunk and stupid, and getting your ass kicked in Jax every year, is no way to go through life son.

      And Rodney Dangerfield would add: … but it looks good on you, gator!

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  9. I listened to Handbag Andy Staples’s podcast this morning with Dan Wetzel as his guest. First, Wetzel comes across as a douche of the highest order. Second, they both were crowing about the 12 team playoff and how right they have been. The only argument Staples could come up with about this being good for the regular season is how many games will be meaningful in November. I guess he means for seeding of the wild cards and the last 2 conference champions. No discussion about how these teams in the 5-12 slots typically will have no shot to win the national championship and how they have already proven on the field they are flawed.

    The fact that the Gator Pravda is already telling their readers and listeners that beating us isn’t the most important goal means we’ve already won.

    I’m not guessing Kirby will be telling his players that beating the ditch lizards isn’t the most important goal of the regular season.


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    • originaluglydawg

      “Wetzel comes across as a douche of the highest order.”
      Man, that made me laugh!
      Thing is, if it gets back to him, he’ll probably think it’s some honorary title he’s just never heard of.

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  10. akascuba

    If the author would change the last sentence to read should get used to instead of could get used to it would be a perfect gator story for all time.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. sniffer

    I don’t get this whole “regular season is meaningless” take. When I walk into Sanford for a tilt against UT, SC, Okla St, Bama, NOTRE DAME, etc, I’m not thinking, “this game doesn’t matter. We can make it up against Tech”. The regular season matters because we get to watch our beloved Dawgs! Tell a Duke or Carolina fan the regular season doesn’t matter. Or UVA-Maryland. Villanova-Georgetown. It fucking matters. I’m as frustrated as the next guy about the direction of college football but I don’t imagine the regular season being a snoozer until December. Ever.

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    • charlottedawg

      As a Carolina alum (the real Carolina not that shithole in Columbia), the game against duke is meaningful in spite of the NCAA tournament not because of it. If it weren’t for the fact that both teams are usually in the top 10 with HOF coaches this game wouldn’t really matter (see this year for example)

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  12. Texas Dawg

    Sounds like he is conceding the loss to UGA on a yearly basis. That leaves only the backdoor route to the playoffs for the turds. The tone of this is pretty much why so many oppose expanded playoffs. What now is one of the biggest games of the year in all of CFB will possibly be rendered inconsequential other than bragging rights. If that’s progress, then I want no part of it.

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  13. reipar1

    I think this sentiment is the updated version of we still control our own destiny. All of our goals are still in front of us.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. CB

    Somebody send this to Josh (DawgStats) Hancher. By 2030 the WLOCP will not mean as much as it does today.


  15. rincondawg

    What about if we beat them in November and then beat them in the playoffs
    too!! That would be a fun year!!

    Liked by 1 person

    • PTC DAWG

      Honestly, most years, with this 12 game BS, an SEC team is going to have to beat 2 other SEC teams in the playoff to win it all.

      Liked by 1 person

  16. Corch Irvin Meyers, Former Jags Corch (2024)

    I love how this works on the assumption that losing to us will be the baseline from here on out down for the jorts-wearing, mullet-headed ‘turds of Florida!

    Fuck those motherfuckers!!!

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  17. otto1980

    So they are admitting the regular season will mean less.

    I don’t see a 1st round losses in the playoff in December extending Mullen’s time in Gainesville any longer than the current path of a 1st round playoff loss in Jax during Halloween.


  18. bucketheridge

    “Florida fans will have to adjust to the thought that losing to Georgia might not be the end of the season”

    Followed by:

    “That means more meaningful games, more interest”

    I believe this is know as “cognitive dissonance”.


  19. DawgFaithful

    God that warms my little bulldog heart. We’ve come a long way since the 90’s.


  20. archiecreek

    Fat, drunk, stupid, getting your ass kicked in Jax, AND winning the shoe toss competition!!
    The new ditch lizard normal!!