Absolutely under no circumstances do I want to cheer for the Auburn Tigers in the SEC championship game tomorrow. You don’t need to tell me whats at stake for the Arkansas Razorbacks tomorrow night: the first chance the Hogs have ever had to play in a BCS Bowl game; possibly against the Ohio State Buckeyes, which would be the first time the two teams have ever faced each other.
But I can’t stand the Tigers, this year more than others. I’m a perpetual fan of the underdog and the Tigers are definitely not one. They’re facing the South Carolina Gamecocks, who are in their very first SEC Championship game having won the SEC East for the first time in their history.
Also, I want to see TCU in the national championship game. This needs to happen so a wrench can be thrown in the BCS system. They’re carrying the torch for the smaller conferences that don’t have a shot to reach the heights that TCU and Boise State have been for the last four years. But the NCAA is doing whatever it can to foil their dreams of even reaching the game. You can read my thoughts on that here: http://t.co/P2BWdrw
I want to the Hogs to play in the Sugar Bowl, that would be an incredible experience. But why should I cheer for a team that beat us? Even Bobby Petrino says it’ll be hard. But there is a solution: denial. Out loud I’ll be cheering for the Gamecocks to shatter the Tigers chances at a perfect season, all the while in the back of my head, I’ll be praying for an Auburn victory.
If South Carolina does win it, I want it be a blow out. If Auburn wins, it better be a close one.
Have you ever been in this situation? Forced to cheer for a hated rival when you’d rather watch reruns of Jersey Shore on repeat for the rest of eternity? Let me know in the comments.