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November 26, 2012

UF's Muschamp to Bama's Saban: We can switch spots

GAINESVILLE, Fla. —  

If Alabama coach Nick Saban doesn't like the way the 
Bowl Championship Series is playing out, Florida coach Will Muschamp has a 
solution. 
"Well, I can switch and go to Atlanta if he doesn't want to go to Atlanta and 
play the Dawgs," Muschamp said Monday. "Be careful what you ask for, Nick." 
Saban said Sunday that is isn't fair that the fifth-ranked Gators likely will 
play in the Sugar Bowl over the loser of the Southeastern Conference title game. 
No. 2 Alabama plays No. 3 Georgia for the SEC title Saturday, with the winner 
advancing to the BCS title game in Miami and the loser probably landing in the 
Capital One Bowl in Orlando. 
"It's not really a great scenario," Saban said. "You play your way into the 
(SEC) championship game, which means you're the best team in your division. ... 
It doesn't seem quite right, but it is what it is. I don't really know what me 
commenting about it is going to do to change it. But I don't feel good about 
it." 
Muschamp worked for Saban at LSU and with the NFL's Miami Dolphins, and the two 
remain on good terms. 
Florida (11-1) is essentially locked into the Sugar Bowl. The Gators are ranked 
No. 4 in the latest BCS standings, and even though they are off this weekend, 
probably won't fall. The top four teams are guaranteed spots in BCS games as 
long as no conference sends more than two teams. It will be nearly impossible 
for a two-loss Alabama or Georgia team to stay ahead of Florida. 
The Gators, though, aren't lobbying for anything. 
"We knew the rules of engagement when we started the season," Muschamp said. 
"I'm not one that's going to sit there and complain about it. It is what it is. 
We had our opportunity in Jacksonville, and we didn't get it done. 
"That's our fault. Nobody else's." 
Florida's lone loss came against Georgia in Jacksonville. The Gators turned the 
ball over six times, including once at Georgia's 5-yard line with 2:06 
remaining. Florida needed a touchdown and a 2-point conversion to tie the game 
at 17. Jeff Driskel found tight end Jordan Reed for a 13-yard gain, but Reed 
fumbled while trying to gain extra yards. 
Georgia recovered and ran out the clock. 
The 17-9 loss cost the Gators a berth in the SEC title game and a shot at the 
national title. 
Muschamp said he's looking forward to college football's four-team playoff, but 
won't complain that it's not in place already. 
"It is what it is this year," Muschamp said. "I'm not a guy that's going to sit 
there and belly-ache about the rules. They were set before the season started. 
We knew the deal. I'm not going to sit there and complain about it. We should 
have won the game." 

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