When you think back on this week that led up to this Florida Gators-South Carolina Gamecocks game — if you do that, years from now, which you won’t — you almost certainly won’t recall any talk about the football teams themselves.
You might remember the burgeoning questions about whether Feleipe Franks or Kyle Trask should start at quarterback for the Gators, or Trask suffering an injury that rendered all of those questions moot.
You might remember the latest round of hand-wringing over Florida’s attendance, and the misguided investigation of a fan base that has, like most of the fan bases in college football, decided that paying to watch its team play is not as worthwhile as paying to watch its team win or, failing that, play big games.
You might remember the election. I think that has been slightly bigger news than anything related to football this week, after all.
But you won’t remember the run-up to this game being about football.
And that’s fine: Games sometimes get subsumed by the narratives that surround them.
But on Saturdays, during those games? The games and the play are what matter.
Let’s hope Florida can focus on that, and come away from this game with a win.