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Who wins The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party?

A buddy of ours said on Facebook: “Georgia-Florida is the World’s Largest Cocktail Party, which Florida-Georgia is a crappy country group”. We sniggered, slightly, bearing in mind our memory of that goddawful band  ‘highlighting’ plays on CBS was that how we could have put our foot through our TV whenever we heard them ****ing singing.

  1. No.14 Florida vs Georgia

If you’re a grad of Florida or Georgia, a student at Florida or Georgia, or a fan of Florida or Georgia, or merely want a fight on The Landing this weekend with a bunch of smashed-up ‘bros’ and their wives who are fighting each other too, you’ll probably be in Jacksonville. And if  you hate your life – because the game’s probably not going to be that great, if you consider how bad both offenses are – you’ll probably be watching the game alongside a lot of people dressed in red and blue on Saturday afternoon.

PREDICTION: Florida’s a 7-1/2 point favorite. I’m going for Florida to win 20-13 in an ugly game where only the thing keeping us watching is that it’s going to be Uncle Verne’s last Cocktail Party game. Sadly, it’s not going to be Gary Danielson’s.

2. No.15 Auburn at Ole Miss

Get this: This is Auburn’s first real away game this season (we don’t count Mississippi State, folks!), and it comes against an Ole Miss side who seems to always take the lead and then blow it. The biggest problem for Ole Miss – as dynamic as the offense can be at times – is their horror show of a running defense, which took a battering against LSU. This week, they face an Auburn side which has run for 2120 yards and 21 TDs. Kamryn Pettway could go crazy. He’s put up back-to-back 150+ rushing efforts, and he could do the same today. Auburn’s also got a pretty solid defense. You know, it’s a pretty solid team.

PREDICTION: This could be the most entertaining game on the SEC’s schedule this week (not very hard, we know bearing in mind what else is there). Auburn’s a 4-1/2 point favorite, but we think Auburn’s going to win this by 10 in a secretly great game until halfway through the fourth quarter.

3. No.18 Tennessee at South Carolina

The Gamecocks might be the worst team in the SEC right now – although it’s a real battle between them, Missouri and Mississippi State right now (Vanderbilt’s a solid fourth-worst after showing defensive backbone). Will Muschamp’s guys struggled to beat UMass last week, and now they get Tennessee – which is still a pretty good team despite back-to-back losses coming into town. Expect Josh Dobbs to have fun. And all this will be despite the injury to star running back Alvin Kamara.

PREDICTION: Tennesee’s a 13-1/2 point favorite, but we think they win by 21. And they swear at themselves for the game not being as close as that.

4. Kentucky vs Missouri

Kentucky are SECOND in the SEC East. Yes, SECOND. And they are really aren’t great. We know they are awful because they gave up 38 to Mississippi State and won by a field goal. Sure, it was entertaining if you like shoot-outs, but UK isn’t very good, are they? Anyway, Missouri played Middle Tennessee State last week……and lost. The errors killed them, and but it’s a shock that they are 5-1/2 point home favorites for the Wildcats. Must be the scary Farot Field.

PREDICTION: We’re going with Missouri to win by 7 in a high-scoring game, because we want some happiness for our friends at the Mizzodcast, one of the best college football podcasts you’ll listen to. 

5 A+B We’re calling for Mississippi State to beat Samford and Texas A&M to hammer New Mexico State by 50 (they are 43-point favs). No surprises here.

 

 

 

 

 

The SEC: Consistently Inconsistent

I’ll be honest, it’s damned hard to work out the SEC this year. That’s because almost everyone’s really inconsistent.

For example: Arkansas go and beat Ole Miss and then get massacred on the road to Auburn. They also had the chances to beat Texas A&M and killed themselves offensively, and then defensively, they killed themselves against Alabama. So what do we know about Bret Bielema’s side? Borderline – and very – erratic. And Bielema himself gets abused by his own professors. Which is kinda awesome.

Then there’s Tennessee, who were some people’s dark horse pick to go to the Play-Off, but haven’t put together four good quarters of football all season long. That means that it’s been extremely exciting for the Neyland faithful, but also very irritating. The injuries probably didn’t help when it came to playing Alabama at home (and getting crucified).

Of course, who could forget Ole Miss, who had two great halves of football against Florida State and Alabama….and are 0-2 in those games. They beat the living crap out of Georgia, but then lost a fun, fun, fun, fun game to Arkansas. And then were driven over (literally) but LSU.

Then there’s LSU, who were in such a dire situation they fired Les Miles. They are unbeaten since then – even though you should probably forget that all the Tigers’ games so far have been in the friendly confines of Death Valley. And that the Auburn loss probably wasn’t a bad one at all.

Florida got headlines so far for two things: 1) Getting into a fight with LSU about playing the game. 2) Saying crap to Tennessee and then blowing a big lead against a rival who really, really hates them. The consistency has come from the D, which is generally awesome. The offense? Yeah…so….

And Auburn? Their defense was incredible against Clemson, but the offense sputtered until it blew up for two weeks in a row, crushing Mississippi State and Arkansas. But Gus Malzahn’s got this team whirring, and it’s getting pretty good. One thing consistent is the idiots that seem to live on The Plains – especially the German arsonist d***head (hey, he’s a d***head, he’s German, and he’s an arsonist) who decided to burn one of the Toomer’s Oaks down.

Vanderbilt looked to be the model of consistency – the bad kind – until they played well enough to beat Georgia. So they’ve broken their SEC donut for this year. The defense is looking good. The offense is horrible. Should Derek Mason go be a defensive co-ordinator at a big, big school somewhere?

Texas A&M‘s kicker was hilarious(ly BAD) against Tennesee. The Aggies were punished for their errors against ‘Bama, who completely shut down their run game. Listen, if anyone told an Aggie fan they’d only have a loss this season so far they would have bitten your hand off. This Aggies side is pretty damned good, folks.

Georgia‘s a team who thought would be horrible this year because of their lack of line, but managed to look pretty good on those fronts against Tennessee and North Carolina (they ended up 1-1), but bizarrely looked crappy against Nicholls State and the aforementioned VandyAnchors. Oh, and we’ve definitely seen some dumbass decisionmaking from Kirby Smart. Like – let’s do a toss-sweep to Isaiah McKenzie on a 4th and 1 with the game on the line. Or throwing it IN THEIR OWN END-ZONE against Tennessee. Or a celebration penalty against Tennessee that would end up helping to cost them the game.

And Missouri? They are plain awful. Or is it grain awful? Anyway, the decision to change a perfectly good defensive situation is a JOKE, and the offense AIN’T A LOT BETTER. Losing to Middle Tennessee State may mean the Tigers don’t go to a bowl game for the second year in a row. Will the Tigers end their nine-game SEC losing streak soon? Er, against who?

South Carolina can’t get an offense moving in the SEC.

Kentucky can’t stop anyone on defense, but they are the most secretly fun team to watch in the SEC. Well, maybe them and Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Mississippi State‘s actually won a game in the SEC and played in a SECRETLY BAD/GREAT game against Kentucky last Saturday. That they lost.

And the one team that’s inconsistent. You may have heard them before. They’ve won 41 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, and they look odds-on to win NUMBER FORTY TWO. If there’s an offense that can capitalize on their mistakes, we’d like to fit in. Because at the moment, it’s Alabama and the rest. Why? Because Nick Saban’s the best head coach in the country and Lane Kiffin’s probably the best offensive co-ordinator. Steve Sarkasian, who’s also a very good OC, has sobered up enough to come on board as an advisor, and Jeremy Pruitt’s defenses are opportunistic, fast, and good. Oh, and the players ain’t bad either.

 

 

Can Texas A&M tame the Tide?: Week 8 SEC Preview

Texas A&M vs Alabama didn’t need a lot of hype after Johnny Manziel beat the Tide almost single-handedly in 2012, and was great in 2013 too. The rivalry took some time off in 2014 and 2015, after the games were basically a replay of SlaughterHouse 5: Saban Version, when the Tide massacred the Aggies.

But the 2016 version? Wow. This could be AWESOME. Both teams are unbeaten atop the SEC West, and there’s talk about title games, play-off entries and the suchlike. It’s going to awesome.

Elsewhere, LSU faces its first test after the arrival of Ed Orgeron with the visit of Ole Miss, and Arkansas goes to Auburn. Elsewhere, Mississippi State vs Kentucky WILL BE PLAYED AND SOMEONE WILL HAVE TO WATCH IT, and the same could probably be applied to UMass’ visit to South Carolina, Middle Tennessee State’s trip to Missouri, and Tennessee State’s wander to Vandy.

So, here’s your SEC games in order of importance:

  1. No.6 Texas A&M vs No.1 Alabama

Alabama scorched ‘tough’ road opponents Arkansas and Tennessee in the last weeks so badly that Vegas believes the Crimson Tide will run out 17 point winners. But the believers – and most of them are wearing Aggie colors – believe that Trevor Knight – who’s actually beaten Alabama before when he was at Oklahoma – could do it again, and believe that if Knight’s accurate and the offensive line don’t get him killed, then Alabama’s secondary could be worried by the speed of Texas A&M’s wide receivers. They’ll also tell you that Myles Garrett’s one of the best defensive players who ever lived. And it’s hard not to agree. But then again, Alabama’s defense keeps on scoring touchdowns. Lane Kiffin’s tactical genius is helping to making the offense so damned difficult to stop. And if the game DOES go down to the wire, do you trust Alabama’s kicker or Texas A&M’s, the latter who’s shank will still go down long in history as one of the worst you’ll see in a long time. I’m taking Alabama.

PREDICTION: Vegas has Alabama as an 18-point favorite. I’m sorry, that’s cautious for me. Take Alabama, but by under 18.

2. No. 23 Ole Miss at No.25 LSU

This is Ed Orgeron’s first real game in charge of the Tigers (it would have been the second had Florida not been cancelled blah blah blah blah…), and it comes at a time when Ole Miss is reeling from its loss against Arkansas (again). Tiger Stadium will be rocking, and Coach ‘O’ has promised that both Darius Guice and Leonard Fournette will play, which could prove to be a double-fun combination. I’m still a little scared by LSU’s lack of great quarterback play, and if Ole Miss stifles the run (which it hasn’t done so far this season), Ole Miss could be in trouble. But there’s one thought that I like: This one could be a shoot-out. And the reason is this: LSU’s defense has played well, but it hasn’t played that well, and it certainly hasn’t played an offense like Ole Miss’ one. This could be fun.

PREDICTION: LSU by 7 – beating Vegas’ 6-point stance – but we also like the OVER of 60.5. 

3. No.17 Arkansas vs No. 21 Auburn

Auburn have slowly impressed me so far this season (I saw them play against Clemson, LSU, a little against Texas A&M and Mississippi State), and for the first time in years, we’re talking more about the Tiger’s defense than offense. I’m still not crying with joy about Sean White and what the time has to offer, but it should have better against an Arkansas team who doesn’t have a lot defensively either. But this year, Arkansas games are damned fun to watch. I can’t think of a dull one I’ve seen (sorry, I didn’t catch the blow-outs!).

PREDICTION: Auburn’s a 10-point favorite and we’d like to implore you NOT to take it. Take the over for 55-1/2 though. 

4. Mississippi State vs Kentucky

This will be terrible, but on the other hand, this could be one of the East’s wins against the West’s. So….. (I’m done now).

PREDICTION: Mississippi State walk into Kentucky as 7-point favorites, probably buoyed by the performance at BYU and the fact that Kentucky’s defense is laughable. So that’s why we’re taking Kentucky in the upset. 

BIG PREDICTIONS OTHERWISE: Missouri to beat Middle Tennessee State by MORE THAN 6-1/2; Vanderbilt to beat Tennessee State; and South Carolina to beat UMass by 28. 

 

 

 

 

Week 7 SEC standings: Alabama smoking the opposition

People kept telling us how Tennessee could roll Alabama to stop the decade of pain on the Third Saturday of October, and we said (basically): “Are you ****ing joking? Tennesee hasn’t put together a whole game this year/ They’ve got a ton of injuries/ They turn the ball over too much/ They are going to get beaten by double digits”. We were right….Except we thought it MIGHT be closer than 35.

Elsewhere, some Georgia fans are suddenly regretting the Kirby Smart hire after LOSING TO VANDERBILT, while Missouri fans are hating life. Mississippi State lost in overtime at BYU (anyone convert to Mormonism on the road trip?), while Arkansas stunned Ole Miss. This is a strange conference indeed….

So here are your rankings:

  • Alabama (7-0): The Tide are rollin’ faster than Alabama players roll joints. Too soon?
  • Texas A&M (6-0): Apparently, Texas A&M is feeling confident about beating Alabama in Tuscaloosa. You know, that Texas A&M team who couldn’t put away an injured Tennessee team who gave up seven turnovers until double-overtime. Yeah…so…
  • Arkansas (5-2): Beat Ole Miss in a shoot-out. The offense can be borderline erotic. Or borderline.
  • Auburn (4-2): A hefty defensive line and an offense that’s just beginning to click. This could be a dangerous Tigers team.
  • LSU (4-2): The first test of LSU will be the game against Ole Miss, when we’ll fully be able to understand whether the Tigers are any good. But right now, things are going the right way.
  • Tennessee (5-2): Riding a two-game losing streak and they were beaten to a pulp by Alabama. We don’t see any losses for the Vols from now on, though…
  • Ole Miss (3-3): Great offense, terrible defense. But they sure are exciting, aren’t they?
  • Florida (5-1): So far the one TEAM the Gators played they lost to. And joking apart, they could still sneak into the SEC Championship Game. Dear God…
  • Georgia (4-3): Starting to regret firing Mark Richt? After the decision on the final play against Vanderbilt….maybe…
  • Kentucky (3-3): Here’s some funny news. Kentucky’s second in the SEC East.
  • Mississippi State (2-4): So Mississippi State isn’t any good….But they still beat South Carolina
  • Missouri (2-4): They were underdogs against LSU and Florida, but lost both games so convincingly that it’s made me believe that this is the worst team in the SEC East.
  • Vanderbilt (3-4): Yes, we know Vanderbilt beat Georgia and lost to South Carolina, but Vandy’s not a great team.
  • South Carolina (2-4): Lost to Mississippi State. And Kentucky. And Georgia. The Gamecocks have actually got worse since the Vanderbilt win at the start of the year.

SEC Preview – Week 7: Will Tennessee beat Alabama?

GSo now they’ve beaten Florida, Tennessee fans must be feeling the magic for the visit of their second-most hated rival, Alabama. If we’re honest, Alabama has OWNED Tennessee (results-wise, anyway), beating them in every game since 2007. The only game that reasonably close was last year, when Josh Dobbs’ heroics nearly beat the Crimson Tide.

Prior to that, Mississippi State travel up to Mormon country to play BYU on Friday, Ole Miss travel to Arkansas in what could be a shoot-out for the ages (bearing in mind both lack any defense), Missouri go to Florida, Vanderbilt travel to Georgia, and Southern Miss to LSU.

So here are our previews:

  1. No.1 Alabama at No.9 Tennessee

Nick Saban said that the Tennesee game was the biggest game on the Crimson Tide’s schedule, which should enrage a lot of Auburn fans, who are feeling butthurt enough what with Germans burning down their oaks and Alabama winning all those National Championships. Tennessee’s a 12-1/2 point home underdog, which might feel kind of right, if you consider that Alabama’s defense was pretty poor for three quarters against Arkansas (they gave up 30 points). But Tennesee only plays for one half, and they are injured to hilt. The crowd could well be a factor, though.

PREDICTION: We’re calling Alabama to win by more than 12-1/2 for this reason: The Crimson Tide is more capable of putting together a full game than the Volunteers. And the offense is much better. 

2. No. 12 Ole Miss at No. 22 Arkansas

The biggest mystery for this season so far is: How in the heck is Arkansas still ranked? They’ve been one of this season’s biggest letdowns, with an awful, awful offensive line – formerly one of their strengths. The ‘D’ can’t stop anybody. You know? It’s going to be fun, because Ole Miss can’t really play any defense either. We know that because Ole Miss is 80th in the country in yards/game, and Arkansas is 68th. This WILL be fun, folks.

PREDICTION: Ole Miss is a 7-1/2 point favorite. I like Ole Miss to win by 10, but I also LOVE the over for 67-1/2. 

3. Mississippi State at BYU

Listen, we’re putting this up beyond other games because the crowd is going to be WILD in Utah for the BYU game for the visit of Mississippi State. We’re not saying MSU is any good (it really isn’t), but BYU’s ‘D’ is pretty mediocre, too. Expect lots of blondes. Lots, and lots of blondes (of both sexes). We don’t know every guy in the place has a wife but he shouldn’t have two, because apparently polygamy’s illegal in Utah.

PREDICTION: BYU’s a 7-point favorite. Can’t believe people don’t have more faith in BYU. If you feel like betting on the non-drinkers, take BYU in the over.

4. Missouri at No.18 Florida

Missouri looked like a great, speedy offense against lower opposition, and then fell to pieces about LSU. But Florida’s offense is pretty horrible too, only scoring a smidgeon over 28 points/game. Florida’s defense is excellent, though – and better than Missouri’s. The Vanderbilt/Florida game was horrible, and we’re praying that it won’t continue this week.

PREDICTION: Florida’s a 13-1/2 game favorite, but actually, we like the ‘under’ for 48-1/2. That’s how miserable we believe the game will be.

5. Vanderbilt at Georgia

Georgia’s running back duo of Nick Chubb and Sony Michel looked awesome against South Carolina, but Jacob Eason – to coin a Bret Bielema phrase – looked borderline erratic. Vandy’s 79th-ranked rush defense (176.8 yard/game) will do well to stop them. Especially if Georgia’s offensive line is looking as improved as it did against South Carolina.

PREDICTION: Georgia’s only a 14-point favorite. Is the reason why is that they should have walked away with the South Carolina but kept letting the Gamecocks back into the game? We think UGA win by 21 or more. 

6. Southern Miss at LSU

Southern Miss is going to walk into Baton Rouge with a bad-ass offense FORTY POINTS PER GAME (yes, you read that properly), but properly won’t walk out with the win, bearing in mind that LSU is mourning not only the loss of Les Miles but more important, Mike The Tiger who passed away earlier this week. Southern Miss gives up a not-great 159 yards/game of rushing a week, so good luck against LSU’s offense, folks.

PREDICTION: LSU’s a 25-point favorite. The Tigers looked so damned good against Florida but they’ve had a week off and the momentum may have come down. We’ll take the Tigers to win by more than that, because Southern Miss had 55 dropped on them last time out against UTSA.

 

LSU – Florida moved to Baton Rouge for November 19

LSU – Florida is now going to be Florida- LSU, and it’s going to be played in Baton Rouge instead of The Swamp. The next two match-ups between the two hated rivals will be played in The Swamp in 2017 and 2018, and there will be no joke games against Presybterian (Florida) and South Alabama (LSU).

LSU has bought out South Alabama’s contract, reportedly for $1.5 million.

The game was postponed from last Saturday because of Hurricane Matthew, drawing massive criticism from the media and both sets of fans.

“We are happy with the decision to have our game against Florida rescheduled for November 19 in Tiger Stadium. As previously reported, it was our wish to have played the game last weekend but all options that we put on the table were declined. After extensive discussion, the University of Florida agreed to play the 2016 contest in Baton Rouge and LSU agreed to play the 2017 game in Gainesville,” said LSU AD Joe Alleva.

SEC Week 6: Hurricanes, bad names, and long-ass games

The only thing anyone was talking about this weekend was the fact that the LSU-Florida game got ‘postponed’ because of Hurricane Matthew and never may see the light of day again, which could lead to quite a ruckus in the SEC Standings – especially in the SEC West. Both ADs Joe Alleva (LSU) and Jeremy Foley (Florida) and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey have made complete asses of themselves in all of this, and Sankey showed no backbone whatsoever.

Now, back to football: College Gameday’s ‘crowd’ at the start of ESPN’s 3-hour college football preview might as well have been The 1/12th Man, bearing in mind how small the crowd was, but it grew larger as the day wore on. I still want to punch the scheduler in the face for bring on The Chainsmokers, who showed no knowledge about the sport, but were able to pimp their buddies and a shoe company. The game itself was a 5-hour epic, not helped by the fact there were a ton of injury time-outs, it went to double over-time, and CBS had to have 164 EXTRA ****ING COMMERCIAL BREAKS. Of course, Clay Travis liked to blame the bands and the fact that they played for 40 minutes at half-time, but then again, it’s Clay Travis. I leave it at that.

Elsewhere in SEC Country, we learned – if we hadn’t already – that Arkansas doesn’t have a defense, Mississippi State without Dak Prescott is an abomination, Georgia’s offensive line really isn’t that bad (or is South Carolina’s terrible?), South Carolina’s got an awful offense, and Alabama is really, really scary on offense. 

So here are your rankings:

  1. Alabama (6-0): Nick Saban had another Napoleon-like tantrum when it became plainly obvious to anyone watching that his defense couldn’t stop Arkansas. But when your offense is up by three touchdowns to start the game off, it doesn’t really matter. Alabama has its starting QB for the next 3 (or 4) years, so other applicants should look elsewhere.
  2. Texas A&M (6-0): Texas A&M blew a huge lead, couldn’t convert 7 turnovers, missed a 37-yard field goal with time running out in hilarious fashion, and still came out victors against Tennessee. Now who’s the lucky ones? John Chavis was right to say that there are things to be learned on the defensive side of the ball. Stopping a running back might be one of them.
  3. Ole Miss (3-2): I’m dropping Tennessee down a place despite them taking Texas A&M to two overtimes on the road despite seven turnovers and a bunch of injuries? Yes. And here’s why: If Ole Miss and Tennessee played each other, I’m not sure Tennessee could stop Ole Miss. It would end up 70-69, though.
  4. Tennessee (5-1): This team can’t play two halves of football. But Good Lord those comebacks are fun to watch.
  5. Auburn (4-2): We know it seems this is pretty high for Malzahn’s team, but his defense is GOOD.
  6. LSU (3-2): Yeah…so Arkansas was that bad against Alabama.
  7. Florida (4-1): Yeah….so Arkansas was that bad against Alabama.
  8. Georgia (3-3): The good news: Nick Chubb was healthy. Sony Michel was healthy. The O-Line looked OK. Isaiah McKenzie is fun. The bad news: Jacob Eason is borderline erratic.
  9. Arkansas (4-2): Bret Bielema’s has no defense. After the TCU game, I think that was established. What is now concerning, is that Arkansas has no offensive line, either. The biggest star of the game was Arkansas Agriculture professor Dr. Lawton Lanier Nalley, who screamed at Bielema: “If I had your record, I would be ****ing fired. **** you!”. He was arrested. Would he be right? Probably not, but if Arkansas ends this season 5-7 – which it could quite easily do, the seat could be warming. Apparently Mr. Nalley was drunk. Well I never.
  10. Missouri (2-3): The guys at Mizzodcast – the best podcast around (in our humble opinion) for a SEC Team, are probably convinced that the bye week saved them a loss. I still think they are better than one SEC West team.
  11. Mississippi State (2-3): I watched Mississippi State this week get CRUSHED by Auburn, and I become more convinced that Dak Prescott was the only reason Dan Mullen looked like a good coach.
  12. Kentucky (3-3): Beat Vanderbilt in a horrible game, and convinced nobody.
  13. South Carolina (2-4): Lost to Kentucky, and the offense downright stinks.
  14. Vanderbilt (2-4): At the end of the season, Vanderbilt should fire Derek Mason or ask him if he wants to be the defensive co-ordinator. I’m not sure he’s got the hand of the offensive side of it.

 

 

Week 5 SEC Predictions: Texas A&M to maul Tennessee?

LSU vs Florida might be have been interesting because it’s – you know – LSU vs Florida, but now it’s been postponed (and probably cancelled), the two biggest games are simple: Texas A&M hosting Tennessee and Alabama going to Arkansas. The rest? Georgia goes to South Carolina on Sunday (changed from Saturday), Auburn plays Mississippi State and no-one can wait for Vanderbilt vs Kentucky for what is clearly the game of the century.

So with time not exactly on our side due to other circumstances, here are some SEC predictions in one sentence:

  1. Tennessee at Texas A&M – Jalen Hurd’s injured, and there are problems on the defensive line for UT. Texas A&M brings back Myles Garrett, too. This could be a lot of fun. Texas A&M’s a 7-point favorite, and we’ll take the the Aggies winning by over that margin.
  2. Alabama at Arkansas – Arkansas fans may be HOPING for a victory, but they hardly expect. A victory for the Hogs wouldn’t be borderline erotic, it would be full-out erotic.  The problem for Arkansas is that if they blow the sort of chances that they did against A&M – a common theme in that rivalry – Alabama will have applied the chokehold on them – something that Bielema would really rather have in the comfort of his own home. Alabama’s a 13-1/2 point favorite, and we’ll take the Tide by 14 in a game that’s very comfortable for Saban’s men.
  3. Georgia at South Carolina (Sunday) – This was moved to Sunday. And with the rain pouring on Williams-Brice the last time we looked, that was a pretty good move. Last week, South Carolina’s defense was OK, their offense was back, but the performance wasn’t good enough to beat Texas A&M. Georgia had a big lead, blew it, came back on a Hail Mary, and then LOST on a Hail Mary to Tennessee. Vegas has got the over/under at 41-1/2, with UGA a 7-point favorite. I’m taking the over.
  4. Auburn vs Mississippi State – This could be a sneaky fun-crappy game. With Gus Malzahn on the hot seat, this could be YET ANOTHER job interview for Dan Mullen. Auburn’s a 3-/12 point favorite on the road. Take Mississippi State.
  5. Vanderbilt vs Kentucky – If there’s anything nice to say about this game, please tweet us @SECblog. Please. I can’t find anything. Kentucky’s a 3-1/2 point favorite. We’re taking Kentucky by 10 in a super-awful game.

Georgia vs South Carolina MOVED TO SUNDAY because of Hurricane Matthew

The Georgia vs South Carolina game has now been moved to Sunday, Will Muschamp has told reporters.

Kick-off time is unknown.

LSU vs Florida POSTPONED due to Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew has postponed LSU’s clash with Florida at The Swamp on Saturday.

Both sides do not have an open date in common, and Florida refused to budge on moving the game to Baton Rouge for Sunday or elsewhere in the country.

To try to put a road trip together of 150-plus people in a day and half, not knowing the condition of the roads, not knowing the conditions of the airports, trying to get equipment out there,” said Florida AD Jeremy Foley. “Again, not in the best interest of safety, not in the best interest of people that would be involved in that trip. … People in this state may be dealing with stuff that is far more significant, far more serious. So that really didn’t work, either.

“I really understand the interest in the game, people’s desire to play the game. At the end of the day, we make these decisions based on what matters, and people’s safety is what matters. That’s why the decision was made as it did. It took as long as it did because a lot of moving parts.

If you wanted to be really unkind – and bearing in mind LSU’s loss to Auburn and Florida’s loss to Tennessee – you could suggest the date of the SEC Championship Game for it all to get played out. 

As much as travelling LSU fans will probably feel annoyed about not getting to go to the game, the hotels can now be packed with the most important people – evacuees escaping one of the nastiest hurricanes in US history.

“The timing of this storm on a Friday and the uncertainly of its aftermath in the ensuing days make it particularly difficult to project the conditions for the remainder of the weekend as well as the opportunity for travel of teams and fans to or from Gainesville and other cities in Florida. I am appreciative of the cooperation of our universities on this matter,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey in a statement.

ESPN has reported that they could play on November 19th, when both LSU and Florida play ‘joke’ non-conference opponents in South Alabama and Presybterian. Cancelling the game would mean LSU pays SAU $1.5 million and Florida playing Presybterian $500,000. Rich as both sides are, it’s doubtful they’d like to do that.

So what are the options: 

  1. The game gets played on SEC Championship Weekend, IF both teams aren’t in it. This, of course, would depend on Tennessee beating Alabama and Texas A&M, because it currently holds the tiebreakers over UGA and UF.
  2. Buying out South Alabama and Presybterian. Not a bad idea. Although the last time we looked, the State of Louisiana doesn’t have a lot of money and probably wouldn’t look too kindly on playing three straight away games.
  3. The game gets played a week after SEC Championship Weekend. Both teams probably aren’t going to be play-off teams anyway, and it will complete the schedule. And give CBS/ESPN a nice ratings boost to get a game of this magnitude watched.
  4. They cancel it. Which would infuriate Florida season ticket holders (it’s unlikely they’d get a rebate for the loss of the game), for whom the LSU game is the biggest game of their schedule.

 

 

 

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