Are we in a rut or what? Another 6 and 1 week brings the Fan’s season record to 57-8. We would say we were disappointed, but that might sound like we are hard to please and unreasonably touchy, so we won’t say that. And, all things considered, seeing Mizzou go into Athens and lay the wood on the Dawgs was almost worth having another imperfect week. But you know how to respond to adversity, right? You just follow the example of the Champs and understand that every season is a Process. Thus, we laugh at adversity, giggle at opposition, snicker at difficulty, and press on! And this week is going to be fun:
Georgia at Vanderbilt: The Dawgs are still hurting over the home loss to the M-Tigurs last Saturday. Vandy had the week off, so they’ve had an extra week of preparation time. Ordinarily, an extra week of preparation is a great advantage for a team. But this is Vandy and it doesn’t matter how much time you give them to get ready – in fact, you could probably give them your playbook and it wouldn’t help. The G-Dawgs take out a couple of frustrations this week and defeat the Doors.
South Carolina at Tennessee: After last week’s grade-A beatdown of the Hawgs, the Roosters are flying high and come into K-ville ready to take on the little Oranges. Here’s another case of a team getting an extra week of preparation but in this case it just might help. The Oranges almost pulled off the upset against the Dawgs a couple of weeks ago in Knoxville and this could be a perfect spot for them to do the same to USC (SE) this Saturday. Coach Superior has to keep his guys from looking ahead to next week’s game against Mizzou (whoa, never thought we’d ever say that!) which could be for the Eastern Division championship. This one may be far closer than anyone thinks, but we’re going with the Gamechickens to win their 6th game of the year.
Florida at Missouri: So, how many thought that this would be a BIG GAME back at the first of the year? If you did, you probably need to see an exorcist cause chile, you are demon-possessed. The team from the “Show me” state has shown us that they are able to play some tackle football this year. And they could easily win this game – if they had James Franklin (who’s out for the season with a bad shoulder). They could still win this one, if their defense can stop a weak Gator offense and their offense can score on a pretty strong Gator defense. We are tempted to go with Mizzou just cause it would be fun to see them catch a gator in Columbia, but we think the Swamp Things will squeak out a victory.
Auburn at Texas A&M: Y’all look out now, cause the Barners just broke into the Top 25! and they are only one win away from Bowl Eligibility ™! Whachoosay boys! That’s what a win over the Catamounts will getcha! We hope everyone down on the farm has enjoyed their new-found notoriety this week, because things are about to get back to normal. Johnny M’s coming to town and that means the Wargles will get their second loss of the season (and Bowl Eligibility ™ will have to wait till next week).
LSU at Ole Miss: This is an interesting game. LSU is coming off a huge win over the Swamp People. The Old Missusses have lost 3 in a row and are not happy about how providence has treated them lately. The game is in Oxford. It’s the kind of game that the L-Tigurs historically have lost. LSU’s defense played it’s best game of the year, last week. They will have to play even better this week. And we think they will. The Bayou Boys take home their seventh win of the season.
Arkansas at Alabama: Remember when we told y’all back in September about the importance of the Hawgs’ game with Rutgers? yes? Well, now you see what we were talking about. The Pigs come into T-Town sliding down a four game losing streak that’s about to become five (and, if they don’t get it in gear, it could stretch all the way out to seven, before they have a chance to win again). By contrast, in last week’s game against the Mildcats, the Champs looked like a team that is not going to take anybody for granted. They need to keep that up this week and if they do, there will be another pork roast in Bryant-Denny. Tide wins.
Hey, all this talk about barbeque has our mouth watering for some ribs and chicken and that sounds like a nice menu for a tailgate party don’t it? Hoo-boy, Get In My Mouth! Have a great Saturday, hug yore wife, clean up after yourself and don’t leave a mess – and watch you some real, big-boy football (and during the commercials, you can flip over to watch those guys with the gold helmets and spend a minute or two making fun of them). There ain’t nothing like Saturdays in October!