Idaho-Florida off but does Muschamp need a 12th game?

Will Muschamp might end up needing an extra win at season's end. (USATSI)
Will Muschamp might end up needing an extra win at season's end. (USATSI)

Idaho and Florida won't play after all, but don't weep so much for the soaked fans or players.

The biggest impact may be felt by Will Muschamp.

By mutual decision Wednesday, the schools agreed not to play Saturday's game that was "terminated" by weather in Gainesville. The game has been declared a "no contest" and will be played again in 2017 at Florida.

While Idaho made out financially -- it got all $975,000 of the guarantee -- the cancellation makes for one less game for Muschamp to add to his resume. The Gators were prohibitive favorites against the Vandals and the Gators' coach needs all the wins he can get.

Put his way -- 7-5 looks a whole lot better than 6-5. And 8-4 looks better than 7-4. And now with an odd number of games (11), a 5-6 season means Florida would miss a bowl game for the second consecutive year. That would mark the first bowl-less season in consecutive years -- without NCAA sanctions being the cause -- since 1978-79.

The Gators missed bowls in 1984-86 due to NCAA penalties incurred under Charley Pell.

There will be those who argue that a win over Idaho doesn't matter one way or another. Beat some combination of Georgia, South Carolina and Florida State and the prospects improve. But, then again, a 12th game might make a difference. Bowl eligibility -- beginning at 6-6 -- is bowl eligibility and would represent some progress from 4-8.

The meteorological signs for all concerned aren't good. This week's Florida opponent, Eastern Michigan, was delayed last week in the fourth quarter against Morgan State. The forecast for Gainesville Saturday calls for 80 percent chance of thunderstorms.

Idaho travels to Louisiana-Monroe where there is a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms.

"Like the same weather pattern in a row," said Idaho AD Rob Spear. "It can't happen two times in a row, can it?"


Anyone in need of a credential from all the BCS title games? Dennis Dodd has them. In three decades in the business, he's covered everything from the Olympics to Stanley Cup to conference realignment. Just get him on campus in a press box in the fall. His heart lies with college football.
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