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Yup, that’s right. Never thought I’d say it, but that’s the call I’m making for this weekend. Here’s why:

Vandy, like Carolina, is 3-0 (1-0 SEC). Both teams have scored 3 defensive TDs in 3 games.

The differences? Vanderbilt has forced more turnovers than Carolina (12 so far). They lead the FBS in interceptions (10). The Commodores have allowed 42 points; Carolina has given up 42 in the Georgia game alone, & 100 total so far.

It gets better. Vanderbilt has beaten South Carolina twice in the last 4 years (2007, 2008) & the combined score in those games? 58-58.

So far this season, South Carolina has shown a disturbing habit of playing just hard enough to squeak by. That kind of play makes for some exciting wins, but eventually leads to devastating losses. The first of those losses will happen this Saturday.

But Steve Spurrier doesn’t seem worried. His take on Vandy defensive coordinator Bob Shoop? “I think he came from William & Mary, but he’s doing a super job.” You can always count on the Ol’ Ball Coach to keep it classy.

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These are the “vulgar” shirts that a student group is trying to buy back from loyal Mountaineer fans after the WVU AD expressed his displeasure with the choice of language…

 

 

So far, LSU has looked like the only other real contender in the SEC. And they look like they’re for real! Two road wins over two ranked teams in their first three games…damn! That big, fast, stingy defense pretty much epitomizes what SEC football is all about. The LSU-Alabama game will not only be the championship semifinal, but will probably be the best game of the year.

As for the rest of the SEC? Well…

Auburn’s luck finally ran out (against Crimson Tide alum Dabo Swinney, I might add), & their staggeringly horrific defensive stats do not bode well for them on the eve of a 4 game stretch consisting of #12 South Carolina, #14 Arkansas, #15 Florida & #2 LSU. Ouch.

Mississippi State’s heartbreaking loss to Auburn pretty much took them off the radar…if they beat South Carolina & Arkansas they might be able to claw their way back into the big picture.

Speaking of South Carolina & Arkansas, both teams have really yet to show what they’re made of. The 3-0 Hogs’ wishy-washy showing against Troy probably isn’t what Bobby Petrino wants to see the week before a trip to Tuscaloosa. A freshman tackle standing between a new QB & the pass-rush has the potential for some highlight-reel sacks. South Carolina is also 3-0, but has looked downright terrible at times. The game against unranked Navy is a perfect example of how the Gamecocks have pretty much been barely squeaking their way past some mediocre opposition. They’ll be exposed by eventual SEC East winner Florida, if not before.

Ole Miss & UGA? Well, my mother always told me: if you can’t say anything nice…

According to news reports, Kentucky still has a football team, but that has yet to be verified.

The Vols are looking at either a 6 or 7 win season, depending on how badly Georgia plays against them.

And brace yourselves for this…Vanderbilt has a very good chance at beating South Carolina (more on that later), & joining the SEC East race.

Week 4 will probably widen the gap between the teams that have it & the teams that don’t.

 

News of USC’s athlete’s receiving illegal benefits was sad enough, but hearing that Stephen Garcia will be forfeiting last year’s beer-pong championship, along with all wins on his 55-17 “flip-cup” record, is heartbreaking. No news on if he’ll be asked to return his keg-stand trophy.

FACT: Bobby Petrino has never defeated Alabama as a head coach

FACT: Last year’s epic comeback by Alabama was against a QB in his prime…this year’s Hogs feature a 1st-year starter

FACT: Knile Davis is out for the season

FACT: Trent Richardson has scored 8 touchdowns in his 1st 3 games

FACT: Alabama’s defense is giving up a nation-leading average of 2.5 yards per play

CONCLUSION: Alabama 21, Arkansas 17…keep an eye out for a couple of key interceptions that will be reminiscent of last year’s game

Scarlett Johansson Pictures Leaked!

Posted: September 16, 2011 in NCAA Football

Well…more Crimson than scarlet, really! 🙂

The Mark Richt Farewell Tour

Posted: September 16, 2011 in NCAA Football

Let’s run down the privileged fields scheduled to be graced with the Richt’s presence one last time as UGA head coach…

Coastal Carolina, who should look into a new coach themselves…preferably one who takes his meds.

Ole Miss, where the game will be decided by whichever team coughs up the ball at the 2-minute warning.

Mississippi State, once considered the upset special in the SEC, now just especially upset at being 0-2 in the West.

Tennessee, who’ll be interviewing Richt in a couple years.

Vandy, in a game that will literally cost Richt his job overnight if he loses.

Florida, which was once, believe it or not, the nation’s greatest rivalry.

New Mexico State; a much-needed victory over them can provide Richt with the key to preventing this from being another losing season.

Auburn, who by then will either be a legit threat in the West or a punchline on The Herd.

Kentucky: this will be one of those games where both teams are held to less than 100 yards out of their own inability to move the chains.

Georgia Tech, in a matchup where it will be hard to tell which side the game is more meaningless to.

It’ll be quite a ride, but look for Richt to sail off into the sunset after this season…only to come back as Houston Nutt’s replacement when Ole Miss finally gets wise to him (?!?!?!)