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After The Game Of The Century: Week 11 SEC Predictions

Well, what a week that was.

Ole Miss got our hearts pumped by taking a 10 point lead at Georgia….and then conceded 37.

Missouri got our hearts pumped by taking a 7 point lead at Florida…..and then conceded 14.

LSU and Alabama got our hearts pumped that we actually felt sorry for the loser.

Anyway, the SEC is back this week with no particular ‘heavyweight’ battles, although everyone seems to be looking forward to seeing how Johnny Manziel will cope with Alabama’s defense – which was actually a lot less of a ‘machine’ in Death Valley.

If you’re listening to music, we guide you Mumford & Sons’ classic “Little Lion Man” , with the great line: “We ****ed it up this time”. It was played outside Tiger Stadium after the Alabama loss, we hear.

TEXAS A&M AT ALABAMA

After the near-loss at LSU, Alabama comes into this game slightly less favoured that you would think – by 13 1/2 points. That doesn’t mean to say we think they will necessarily lose, but we think the Crimson Tide are going to get all they can handle from a Texas A&M offense that can currently do nothing wrong after going to Cowbell Country and ringing Mississippi State’s bell. Alabama’s secondary, which gave up nearly 300 yards to Zach Mettenberger and looked awful at times, had better be on high alert. This game could be great.

BOTTOM LINE: Alabama gets by, and gets its spot in the SEC Championship Game. Just. Alabama by 7 in a classic. Johnny Football gets more heads turning, before he’s sold down the river by the Aggies.

GEORGIA AT AUBURN

Georgia struggled in the first half against Ole Miss. They were absolutely terrible. It wasn’t to do with post-Cocktail party cocktails, was it? Well, while Georgia struggled, Auburn made hay. Yes, it was against New Mexico State, but you know what? You gotta win somewhere. Anyway, Georgia’s defense looked like it was living up to its pre-season billing on Saturday, just smothering Bo Wallace and Uncle Reb in the second quarter. And they carry on as they did, Auburn doesn’t have a lot of hope for this one. Jarvis Jones for a Heisman, y’all.

BOTTOM LINE: Georgia – a 16-point favorite in this one – beats the spread, winning by 17.

MISSISSIPPI STATE AT LSU

We’ve been exceptionally nasty about Zach Mettenberger all season long, but boy did he have a good game against Alabama. He suddenly looks like the future. His receivers dropped four balls that they should have held onto in the first half, and although Mettenberger did have a few bad throws, he didn’t nail someone in the stands like we thought he would. Mississippi State on the other hand were slaughtered at home by Texas A&M, obviously suffering from the loss to the Crimson Tide. Or they simply weren’t that good in the first place. Now, MSU goes into Baton Rouge. Ouch.

BOTTOM LINE: LSU wins by 21 in a game over by fourth quarter. Mettenberger again sparkles, stunning many.

ARKANSAS AT SOUTH CAROLINA

South Carolina’s first game without Marcus Lattimore is going to be emotional. Expect a lot of sandstorm love in South Carolina. Now everyone expects South Carolina to win by some margin over the Razorbacks, who are simply treading water until the off-season. But Tyler Wilson and Cobi Hamilton can still cause a defense – even one as good as 13 1/2-point favourite South Carolina’s – a lot of problems. This is going to be closer than many think.

BOTTOM LINE South Carolina wins by 10 in a game not decided until the last 5 minutes.

MISSOURI AT TENNESSEE

Missouri stunned many – including Vegas – by sticking around in their game against Florida, only losing out to the Gators 14-7 in a game that won’t be replayed by anybody ever again. Well, this week the ‘Zou go against a nastier offense – Tennessee’s. Tyler Bray can put up the points in bundles – and this UT team – a 3-point favourite – really isn’t as bad as many think they are.

BOTTOM LINE: Tennessee in cruise control, beating the spread and winning by 14.

VANDERBILT AT OLE MISS

Two of the SEC’s more snobbish fanbases meet up for chandeliers, champagne and caviar (and a bit of football) on Saturday night. Vanderbilt comes to Oxford having smashed Kentucky 40-0 and helped the Wildcats in their decision to fire Joker Phillips at season’s end, but let’s be honest: Vandy’s been Vandy this year. On the other hand, Ole Miss has been a bit of a positive surprise this year, winning games, leading others, and worrying even more. Bo Wallace is a good quarterback and if the Rebels can find an offensive line on Saturday night, we think they win in a game that they are actually favored in (3 1/2 points).

BOTTOM LINE No Ghosts in Mississippi. Ole Miss wins by 7.

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE AT FLORIDA

Florida muttered and mumbled through a desperate game against Missouri, where The Swamp became boo-boy central once again and the fanbase began to use words that were less than encouraging. It’s a pity, for such a beautiful fanbase. Anyway, this week’s a chance for Jeff Driskel to stretch his wings, and the Gators to stretch their jaws against a ULL side who are 26 1/2 point underdogs.

BOTTOM LINE Florida by 35.

 

The days after Armageddon: SEC Rankings (With apologies)

First Alabama – LSU happened.

Then Obama happened.

Sorry boys and gals, we haven’t been as up-to-date as we should be with our SEC rankings. Anyway, here they are…

1. Alabama – Survived LSU. You have to wonder what John Chavis was doing playing soft coverage though in that last drive.

2 = Georgia – Woke up from a 10-0 deficit against Ole Miss to hammer Ole Reb 37-10 in a performance that got stronger by the minute. We look forward to the SEC Championship Game, Dawgs.

2= LSU – A team very like Georgia who only woke up in the second half of the Alabama game. Atmosphere second-to-none in Death Valley, by the way. Good on you, LSU fans.

4. Florida- Sorry for seeming unconvinced by Florida 14, Missouri 7. And don’t tell me that it’s a ‘testament to the power of the SEC’, either. Maybe Jeff Driskel IS overrated.

5. South Carolina – Missing Marcus Lattimore? So are we.

6. Texas A&M – They came, they saw, they conquered Cowbell. The Aggies could frighten Alabama on Saturday afternoon. Or they could implode in the second half, as they have against good teams.

7. Mississippi State – Two good teams, two losses. Just goes to show: Those people who said Dan Mullen’s team was overrated – you were right.

8. Tennessee – If only Tyler Bray had been able to point up these sort of numbers against the likes of Alabama and Florida.

9. Vanderbilt – Beating the crap out of Kentucky shows…..er….nothing.

10. Ole Miss – You taketh 10 points in the Dawg House, and take away 37. Yeowch. However, we’ll go out on a limb and say that we think the Egg Bowl this year is going to be a really good game. And no, we’re not joking.

11. Arkansas – Goodbye, John L.Smith. It was good knowing you. A win versus Tulsa ain’t gonna make us feel any different.

12. Missouri – Courageous loss at Florida, boys. Maybe your defense might be ready for the SEC after all.

13. Auburn – Hey, at least Auburn fans had something to celebrate with the win against New Mexico State. War….(sorry, I’m done now)

14. Kentucky – At last! Goodbye Joker Phillips!

 

Bama – LSU Prediction: Week 10 Predictions

It’s a busy week, so here’s some quick picks for y’all to get your teeth into….

ALABAMA AT LSU 

For a college football romantic like me, there’s no place on earth like LSU’s Tiger Stadium. Some people will die never experiencing it, and for us, their lives will be all the poorer for not doing so. After all, there’s something to be said for drinking bourbon from sunrise to sunset!

And the place – already famed for its loudness – is going to off the hook for the benefit for the visit of top-ranked Alabama and its hated head coach Nick Saban, is ready to give the Crimson Tide everything it can handle. Alabama hasn’t played in this type of nasty night-game atmosphere since it went to Florida and dispatched the Gators last year in a game that was out of hand by the middle of the third quarter.

Having said that, they go to the game eight point favourites in this game, which looks a little high. Having said that, Alabama’s a machine and LSU is not. The Tide rolls up the field and is generally clinical, while LSU’s problem has been – as it has been all season – its offence, and in particular QB Zach Mettenberger, who has struggled all season and long and has shown no signs of real progression. Saturday night wouldn’t be a bad night for a coming out party, Zach….

PREDICTION: Alabama wins by 7 – but don’t surprised if they win by more.

OLE MISS AT GEORGIA 

Georgia’s ‘D’ played out of their minds in upsetting Florida last week, and with a home crowd backing them, you worry for Ole Miss – despite Hugh Freeze’s side having won last week at Arkansas, who go into the game at 14-point underdog.

If Georgia’s offense is to click – which it sporadically has done this year – it will have to with QB Aaron Murray NOT connecting with the opposition secondary, as he did numerous times against Florida. Bo Wallace will be trying to keep himself away from Georgia’s NFL-going linebacker Jarvis Jones, who changed the Cocktail Party last week.

This one should be fun – until the third quarter.

PREDICTION: Georgia wins by over 14.

TEXAS A&M AT MISSISSIPPI STATE

Johnny Football is the most exciting thing to happen to the SEC since, er, the last SEC Championship, and he’ll learn to win big-time games. This game in Cowbell Central against Mississippi State would be a good place to start. Aggies fans will be wishing bars didn’t close at midnight, though.

PREDICTION: Cowbell up! Mississippi State by 7.

MISSOURI AT FLORIDA

As we’ve alluded to in our piece about Georgia earlier, the Gators were pretty well shut out by the Gators last Saturday, turning the ball over and looking generally dysfunctional as a team.

Missouri, however, its first SEC game in its history, beating Kentucky as spawning furious celebration on its campus (most of it relief, we feel).

Anyway, the Tigers go back to reality as they go on the road to Gainseville, where offenses tend to go to die. Especially these Tigers, who aren’t very good and are 17 point underdogs.

PREDICTION: Florida to beat the handicap, winning by 21 against a Missouri side who isn’t that good. At all.

VANDERBILT AT KENTUCKY

This game – destined to be the ‘SEC Network Game Of The Week’ (or whatever you call it) will feature two sides who haven’t really been very good this season – and this is an understatement. Listen, Kentucky could have pulled off two massive upsets if they’d played for a half against South Carolina and Georgia had played an F – instead of an F, and they aren’t to be sniffed at at home. Big upset here?

PREDICTION: Vandy in a close one, winning by 3.

TROY AT TENNESSEE

We’ll put it like this: If ButTchuggers U doesn’t score 40 and win by a wide margin, Derek Dooley shouldn’t be in a job. ‘Nuff said.

PREDICTION: Tennessee wins by 28 in a game that’s pretty fun for the neutrals – and Dooley-haters.

NEW MEXICO STATE AT AUBURN

We were sharing a cold one with an Auburn fan and he said: “I think you should pick against Auburn in every game this season”. Well, New Mexico State isn’t very good. Then again, nor is Auburn. What do we say?

PREDICTION: Auburn gets some happy back. Auburn wins by 28.

 

Bama Slammers: Alabama leads five SEC teams into BCS top 10

If you want complete and utter dominance in College Football, look no further than the SEC.

Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina found themselves in the BCS top 10 – although Alabama has the only unblemished record. The Crimson Tide will put it on the line when they play LSU on Saturday, which – according to the bookies – they are already 10 point favorites for.

1. Alabama

2. Kansas State

3. Notre Dame

4. Oregon

5. LSU

6. Georgia

7. Florida

8. South Carolina

9. Florida State

10. Louisville

Good news for Cocks: Marcus Lattimore has ligament damage, but no more

There was good news for South Carolina Gamecocks fans:Marcus Lattimore’s injury isn’t as bad as feared.

A lot of South Carolina fans were fearing that the junior running back’s sickening injury in the Gamecocks’ victory over Tennessee on Saturday would mean an end to their player’s school – and NFL – career. As was Twitter, that suddenly abounded with rumors of fractured femurs and destroyed ligaments.

But South Carolina said in a statement: “University of South Carolina junior running back Marcus Lattimore suffered a significant impact to the front of his right knee during the Tennessee game on Saturday. The ensuing hyperextension of the knee resulted in injury to several ligaments. There were no fractures or additional injuries, according to team physician Dr. Jeffrey Guy. Lattimore’s surgically repaired left knee was uninjured during the play.

Lattimore is resting comfortably and will continue to be evaluated over the course of the week. Marcus has already begun the process of prehabilitation prior to surgery and to his eventual return to football.”

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier even said that he was considering redshirting the player for next season, and told the media: “We’re optimistic his football days are ahead of him”.

Dawgs bark, Tide rolls, Gators chomped, Everyone prays: SEC Rankings (Week 9)

It was a horrible week in the SEC.

After Ole Miss tries to recover from the car crash that killed THREE of its students in a car crash, news comes out this weekend that brother and sister both die in a car crash. RIP, Sarah and James Wheat. Prayers are with the Wheat family.

Second, Marcus Lattimore gets a horror show of an injury in South Carolina’s game against Tennessee. You mean, the kid needs MORE HARDSHIP, God? The injury is gruesome. If you really want to see, it, click here (for the record, we haven’t even watched it again). From a football perspective, this deprives South Carolina of a much-needed weapon. From a human perspective, this may well deprive the Lattimore family of their hopes and dreams in the future. Hang in there, Family Lattimore.

Oh, and the football. While Tennessee and South Carolina players prayed for Marcus Lattimore, the Chippy Drunkfest known as the World’s Biggest Outdoor Cocktail Party took place in Jacksonville, where Georgia played less badly than Florida and caused the upset. The game was big for penalties. And interceptions. That’s about it. And in Tuscaloosa, Machine Known As Alabama smote the Cowbell, and things only got worse for Auburn, as they were destroyed. At home. Against Texas A&M. Oh, and Missouri got its first win of its SEC career, defeating the mighty Kentucky. Ole Miss got its second win of the SEC schedule beating Arkansas on a last-minute field goal, and Vanderbilt – as predicted – destroyed U-Mass. Oh, and the fireworks were cool, too.

So here are the rankings – we’re going to go with Fun’s “Some Nights”. WARNING: It’s very catchy and moreish. SECOND WARNING: It’s got Civil War re-enactment. If you’re into that sort of thing.

Anyways:

1) Alabama – The Unstoppable Machine grabbed Mississippi State’s Cowbell and rammed it where the sun doesn’t shine. Nick Saban’s great highlight of the game was going ape at one of his defenders in the first half. Wow. That guy can explode.

2) LSU – We can’t wait for the Alabama- LSU clash in Baton Rouge on Saturday. At night. This is going to be Hurricane Cocktail.

3) Georgia – Jarvis Jones is a freak. In Manti Te’o’s a Heisman candidate, then there’s no reason that The Destroyer shouldn’t be, either. Jones may well be the No.1 NFL Draft pick in 2013, too. Oh, and Malcolm Mitchell gave the team a reason to celebrate on Flag Day.

4) Florida – Lost the Chippy Drunkfest, committing a multitude of turnovers in the process. Jeff Driskel and the Florida offensive line was torched by the Georgia rush (now THAT’s something that you don’t say every week), but they seemed to find a groove when they double-teamed Jarvis Jones. Until Jordan Reed went for six and had the ball punched out by – guess who – Jarvis Jones. And then cried.

5) South Carolina – All prayers to the South Carolina Nation after Marcus Lattimore’s injury. All we can say is that we are sorry.

6) Texas A&M – A&M had their trip to Auburn won when it scored 21 in practically no-time in the first half. Auburn wasn’t coming back. It didn’t. In fact, the Tigers got worse. That kid Johnny Manziel’s good, by the way.

7) Mississippi State – Cowbell’d in Tuscaloosa. There’s not a lot else you can say, apart from that at least our question “Who has Mississippi State played again?” was answered. Emphatically.

8) Ole Miss – Ole Miss’ season might have been one of the more exciting this season. On an emotional night for the Ole Miss Nation (see links above), The Rebs won on a last-second field goal at Arkansas, giving them their second SEC win of the year. They don’t do things easy, by God.

9) Tennessee – This team isn’t as bad as their record suggests. We promise. But that’s not going to help Derek Dooley.

10) Vanderbilt – They won. They hammered U-Mass. They finished homecoming with some cool fireworks. Ooh. Aah.

11) Arkansas – Did things the hard way and we really thought the Razorbacks would pull this one out. They didn’t, losing in a heartbreaker. Still, Tyler Wilson and Cobi Hamilton look like NFL Draft Picks, don’t they?

12) Missouri – Victory against Kentucky guarantees that they aren’t the worst team in the SEC East this year. Only one of them.

13) Kentucky – We can now unequivocally say two things: Kentucky isn’t the worst team in the SEC (that’s Auburn). And Joker Phillips is going to get fired at the end of the season.

14) Auburn – We can now unequivocally say two things: Auburn is the worst team in the SEC. And Gene Chizik should get fired at the end of the season. Could this team actually lose to 1-7 New Mexico State next week?

 

 

As Gators chomp, Aggies get ‘Les Miles-ed’ and Tide Roll – Week 8 SEC Rankings

We would go on and on about Steve Spurrier getting Spurrier-ed in The Swamp, Texas A&M finding out what it’s like when you don’t put away a team led by Les Miles, and how awful Georgia was at Kentucky, but we’ll let the rankings reflect our rambling thoughts.

1) Alabama – Darth Saban’s Crimson Death Star is blowing up every rebel ship in its way. This team seems to make no mistakes and is happy to simply crush the opposition – as Tennessee found out in a 31-point blow-out. And the women love it!!!

2) Florida – Will Muschamp’s side gets the turnovers, and then punishes those making the mistakes savagely and without mercy. The eternal sound on CBS on the ‘Gator Chomp’ was more than a little bit annoying, but when the chant’s led by lovely Gator co-eds and cheerleaders, we didn’t complain too much. There will be a lot of chomping at the Cocktail Party, folks. Oh, and we hate this guy…..

3) LSU – Were outplayed in the first half, but still came out with a 14-12 lead. Taught Texas A&M the true value of not turning the ball over (the Aggies had FIVE turnovers), and running the ball (219 yards rushing – with Jeremy Hill leading the way with an excellent 47-yard icer). But their problem is still Zach Mettenberger, who was 11-for-29 for 97 yards, 1 TD, and 417 overthrows. In fact, Tracy Wolfson should watch out when she’s on the sideline for the Alabama game. She might get hurt. Like this NFL reporter almost did.

4) South Carolina – Three words we don’t usually use for Steve Spurrier: “Hammered. Hurt. Humiliated.” All three apply to his teams (well, the offense and the special teams, anyway!) after their adventure at The Swamp.

5) Mississippi State- Dan Mullen’s are unbeaten. Next stop for the Cowbell-ers…Alabama. We have ‘Bama as a 21-point favorite, by the way. We think the Bulldogs are pretty good, but Alabama is a class above.

6) Georgia – The Bulldogs were absolutely dreadful in their win over Kentucky. There’s no other way of saying them. Unless miracles happen between now and 3.30pm next Saturday, the smell of barbecue after the game won’t be Gator, it’ll be Dawg.

7) Texas A&M – This is a free lesson for you, Johnny Football: TURNOVERS WILL KILL YOU. NO MATTER IF YOU’RE SUPERMAN. I’m sure you know this, but we wanted to point this out again. And again. And again. By the way, the atmosphere in Kyle Field was off the hook. The ending of the game was pretty cool, though…

8) Ole Miss – Did nothing but didn’t get blown out by Alabama. Tennessee did. Ergo, they rise about Tennessee in the rankings.

9) Tennessee – Dear Smokey, can you and Lassie go and find the Volunteers some heart? It seems to have left Neyland Stadium and gone elsewhere. Quite possibly wearing orange pants, and has a sour taste in its mouth. Possibly because of getting beaten by Alabama….again.

10) Arkansas – The Razorbacks are top of the ‘pile’ (we won’t go into details, but you can probably guess), simply because their offense might actually save their defense this year. We’ll see in the Ole Miss game, which is actually bigger than a lot of people expect – as both sides are gunning for bowl eligibility (especially with the last three games for the Hogs being South Carolina, MSU and LSU).

11) Vanderbilt – We thought this year that the Commodores might be the second-worst team in the SEC East. We were wrong. They are the third-worst.

12) Missouri – The Tigers might find out how bad they actually are when they play the  ‘S***ty Showdown’ against Kentucky on Saturday. Coming to you at 12.21pm on exclusively SEC Network! Yaaaaaay!

13) Kentucky – Played well against Georgia, but couldn’t come up with the goods. Some dumb penalties in the fourth quarter didn’t help, either. There’s a future with this team, but it probably won’t involve Joker Phillips after this year. So Wildcats fans hope.

14) Auburn – In Auburn, Alabama, a pastor was preaching about the Tigers, the 2012 season, and the future of Gene Chizik. He had only two words: “Dear God…..” And  he then stopped. He didn’t need to continue. Everyone got the picture.

Gators, Tide, Tigers chomping at the bit: 8 Things About the SEC After Week 8

1) Well, South Carolina got a fine lesson in not turning the ball over, didn’t they? The Gamecocks had four turnovers, and were punished for each one. Heck, they were punished for everything else they did badly, too by the Gators and tens of thousands of Gator fans chomping at the bit for more.

2) As for Texas A&M – another game with a fantastic atmosphere – Kyle Field learned what it’s like to be Les Miles-ed, where your team outplays the Tigers for half-a-game only to go in at the break losing and then being smashmouthed by defense and running backs for the second. LSU wasn’t great in Aggieland, but sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than great – especially if your quarterback’s Zach Mettenberger. The guy needs non-stop lessons about not overthrowing his receiver.  Oh, and A&M went back to its old self of giving up a double-digit lead.

3) We don’t know if they were looking towards Jacksonville, but Georgia was dreadful against Kentucky on Sunday night. They were unable to run the ball or throw it particularly well, and we saw nothing that makes us think that the Dawgs – which suddenly are in the driver’s seat in the SEC East (if they beat Florida and don’t, er, play like Georgia has been throughout 2012) – will beat Florida, and everything to think that Mike Gillislee could put up 150 yards on his own on Saturday.

4) Kentucky: Where have you been this season? Your team played with heart, courage and some defense! Why did Joker Phillips wait until now to get his team up for the challenge? Wildcats fans: There is a future. It might not be in Atlanta anytime soon (unless you want to play a season opener in the Georgia Dome), but you know what, this suddenly didn’t become a dreadful side. Unless, of course, Georgia really were that bad…

5) Johnny Manziel: Some runs got the heart racing. This player is going to be God in Aggieland for years to come. In a place that loves its heroes, this could be the biggest since The Bear. But for crying out loud, the turnovers are going to kill him – as they did against LSU, and he has to learn that he can’t do everything.

6) We dubbed Vanderbilt and Auburn the ‘Car Crash Bowl’, because watching the game was distinctly uncomfortable and we felt genuinely like going to church and apologizing to God for watching it. It was absolutely horrific. Vandy won, by the way. Auburn’s stretch of losing to teams it doesn’t usually lose to continues. I bet the Tigers fans can’t wait for their drubbing in the Iron Bowl. Oh, and congratulations to Zac Stacy for being Vandy’s top running back in the school’s history. Nice one. He even got a touchdown for the pleasure…..Auburn didn’t seem to want to tackle him.

7) Tennessee looked OK in the first half against Alabama, only trailing by 10 at half time. Then, Tennessee – and in particular Tyler Bray (who threw 2 picks and overthrew his receivers) made the mistakes and Alabama capitalised, and Darth Saban’s Death Star  rolls on. Is there any team that can beat the Crimson Tide this year?

8) No great surprise that Mississippi State beat MTSU this week because……SORRY I’M DEAFENED BY THE SOUND OF COWBELL I CAN’T FREAKING HEAR YOU BUT I HEAR YOU’RE GOING TO PLAY ALABAMA NEXT WEEK. GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

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