SEC football fans should root for TCU to beat the Georgia Bulldogs

From one Columbia to the other, pockets of fans will puff out their chests and murmur “SEC! SEC!” on Monday night if No. 1 Georgia beats No. 3 TCU to repeat as national champions.

The SEC’s pride is immense, to the point where fans pull for rival schools in postseason games as a way to positively reflect on the conference.

But I don’t see how Georgia (14-0) becoming a repeat national champion helps Missouri or South Carolina, or Tennessee or Alabama, for that matter.

In fact, I can offer 13 reasons why fans of other SEC programs should support TCU (13-1). Here’s a reason for school.

Florida: What do you call a Gators fan who roots for Georgia in any game? A fickle Gators fan. It’s bad enough that Billy Napier, born in Tennessee and raised in Georgia, led Florida to a 6-7 record in his first season. Seeing Kirby Smart celebrate back-to-back national titles would be a punch in the alligator nose.

Kentucky: TCU coach Sonny Dykes’ Air Raid roots trace to Hal Mumme, who coached four seasons at Kentucky. Dykes spent two seasons on Mumme’s staff, and with Dykes as an assistant in 1999, the Wildcats beat four SEC foes and reached the Music City Bowl. Dykes helped develop James Whalen into a consensus All-America tight end. Big Blue Nation can embrace Dykes as one of its own.

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