As far as SEC pride is concerned, the pressure is on Florida.
It hasn't been a rousing 24 hours for the SEC, to say the least.
Tennessee was outclassed in every way possible Thursday night in a 37-14 loss to Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Vols finished 7-6 on the season to earn a very dubious distinction. It's the first time in Tennessee football history the Vols have lost six or more games in back-to-back seasons. They were 5-7 a year ago in Phillip Fulmer's final season.
On Friday, Auburn hung on to beat Northwestern 38-35 in overtime in the Outback Bowl, but blew a 14-point lead in the final seven minutes of regulation. The Tigers gave up a whopping 625 yards of total offense and rolled up 140 yards in penalties.
Later Friday, LSU dropped a 19-17 decision to Penn State in the Capital One Bowl despite giving up just one touchdown to the Nittany Lions. The Tigers were abysmal on offense. They were limited to 243 yards and had more penalties (10) than first downs (9). The only thing worse than LSU's offense was that cow pasture of a football field at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Talk about a disgrace.
Kentucky also went down earlier this week, losing 21-13 to Clemson in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl. Georgia's 44-20 win over Texas A&M in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl kept it from being a total washout.
The SEC's record going into Friday night's Allstate Sugar Bowl matchup between Cincinnati and Florida is a very unimpressive 2-3.
Once again, the pressure is on the Gators.