Perception – The Gators would win the
Eastern Division, having proven its dominance with a 59-20 massacre of
Reality – The Gators lost again to
With a loss at
Perception – Having rebounded from its
surprising loss to
Perception – This might be the year
that the experienced Commodores make the long-awaited move to the upper part of
the division. They had just beaten Ole Miss and played
Reality – Back-to-back SEC losses. Already three down in the league. Wait ‘til next year … again.
Perception – Two early losses, including the humiliation in The Swamp. The Volunteers are done.
Reality – The Vols don't play LSU. The
Vols don't play
Perception – The Wildcats are better, could make a run at the SEC Championship Game.
Reality – The Wildcats are better,
could make a run at the SEC Championship Game. But, first there's
Perception – The Gamecocks are better, could make a run at the SEC Championship Game.
Reality – The Gamecocks are better,
could make a run at the SEC Championship Game. Win out and they go to
(But, the same is true for
Reality – Starts 0-3 in the SEC. Out of
the race by mid-October with
How much longer will things be
Perception – What's wrong with
State at home! And, having to play so many freshmen! So, of course, they can't win any of that four-game road gauntlet.
Perception – Bama's back! Didn't they
Reality – Blew a 21-point lead to the
Hogs, almost blew a 23-point lead to
Perception – When is the coronation? Of
course, they're good enough to run the SEC table. Bring on
Reality – LSU is still the best team in
the SEC, but they could still lose again in the conference. Bring on
Perception – Maybe better, maybe go to
a bowl game. Didn't they just win at
Reality – They have four wins. Can you find two more?
Perception – Ole Miss is the SEC's worst team.
Reality – Forget the
Of course, it's only been a month, so reality could change this much again by mid-November.
But for now … LSU and
Vandy, State and Ole Miss are … well, still Vandy, State and Ole Miss … and there's no evidence that will change any time soon.
Perception can be so much fun to believe.
Reality can be so difficult to face.
Perception and reality can be so cruel.
Lyn Scarbrough is a senior writer for Lindy's Magazine. Reach him at email@example.com.