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Games of the Week: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

So far for the season, I’m fairing pretty well on the worst games of the week, where I have an undefeated record.  Of course, most of those games have been huge blowouts so it’s not much of an accomplishment on my end.  So far I am 5-4 on my picks but I plan on changing that this week.

I have to admit right here that I continue to underestimate God’s love for the Auburn Tigers (how else can you explain them) and once again they proved me wrong by beating a team that many had proclaimed to be vastly superior.  Cough, cough, including myself.  So in the spirit of giving, I am finally going to give the Tigers some love this week.  On to this week’s games of the week:

#21 Auburn at Clemson

Auburn continues to test fate and win

This game is mainly high on appeal because of the way that it went last year.  Clemson had a chance to shut up the “War Cam Eagle” chants pretty early on in the season but failed to do so.  This year Clemson has struggled against Wofford and beat Troy pretty handily.  The narrow win against Wofford, especially, doesn’t bode well for Clemson.

As for Auburn, as I mentioned, they obviously have some sort of deal with either God or the Devil considering the way that they are winning games during their current 17 game winning streak.  I have finally given in and will refuse to pick against them until they finally lose.

Pick:  Auburn 38  Clemson 31

Tennessee at #16 Florida

Tyler Bray will show no respect to the Gators defensive backfield

Before this season, this game had kind of lost its’ appeal in recent years.  Tyler Bray, however, has finally got Vol fans talking again and with good reason.  So far on the year Bray has a 78.5% completion rate with 7 touchdowns and no interceptions to go along with nearly 700 yards passing.  Pretty gaudy numbers for 2 weeks, no matter who you’re playing.  Bray has Tennessee buzzing and I’ve even heard some talk that he may be the best UT quarterback since Peyton Manning.  I’m not willing to go there yet but let’s give it some time and see how it turns out.

The Gators, on the other hand are quietly looking pretty solid so far this season.  Their defense has only given up 3 points on the season, albeit to Florida Atlantic and UAB, and the offense has looked good enough, as well.  Surprisingly, I think this game may actually have a chance to decide the East.

Upset Special:  Tennessee 24  Florida 17

Dry Games of the Week

Coastal Carolina at Georgia

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Pick:  Georgia 41  CC 10

North Texas at #2 Alabama

Look for Trent Richardson to finally break out this week

Bama continues their streak of making the picks column but twice it’s not been for the right reasons.  Yet again the Tide is playing a cupcake and yet again they will Roll by halftime.  Next week Arkansas and the beginning of true SEC play for the Tide.

Pick:  Alabama 45  North Texas 3

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Auburn names Trotter starting QB; Clint Moseley cries

Oh, this is Barrett Trotter

The Auburn Tigers have named their starting QB for the 2011 season and his name isn’t Cam Newton.  Barrett Trotter, a junior out of Birmingham will get the first chance at Gus Malzahn’s offense in the post-Cam Newton era at Auburn.  Auburn fans are adamant that the Tigers will compete in the conference even without Newton and obviously most of their hopes will ride on how well Trotter is able to perform this season.

 

In related news, Clint Moseley, the loser of the QB battle faced the media after hearing the news and this is what happened:

Best? Dressed Coaches in the SEC

I recently saw an ESPN Page 2 article (which you can read here: http://espn.go.com/espn/page2/story/_/id/6807374/the-page-2-sec-coaches-questionnaire) where Dave Wilson caught up with all of the coaches in the SEC and asked them an assortment of different questions.  Topics ranged from most hostile environment in the conference, to their biggest superstition and even how much their first coaching job paid.  The part that caught my attention, though, was when they asked the coaches who was the best dressed among their colleagues.  It got me thinking and I decided that I have eyes and I have seen most of these coaches and I’ll probably be able to find some pretty solid pictures of them in their Sunday best.  So, I’ve decided to do my own “Best Dressed List” among all the coaches in the SEC.  Without further ado, here they are from worst to best:

12. Dan Mullen

Cheeeeeese!

Is this a picture of an SEC coach or the next deacon at your local church?  It’s pretty hard to tell after looking at the boring brown jacket and the tie that Coach Mullen apparently stole from your dad’s closet but this is, in fact, an SEC football coach. . . . and the poorest dressed among them.

 

 

 

11. Houston Nutt

You! No, You man!

It was really hard to put Coach Nutt ahead of Dan Mullen after finding this picture from his coaching days at Arkansas but since it was from his former job, I cut him a little slack.  I don’t even know where to start critiquing this picture.  Should I go with the tapered sweat pants, or the t-shirt tucked into the tapered sweat pants, or the 1830’s style plantation owner hat?  There’s just so much to choose from here.  And for the record, I would have started with the old man, all white Adidas’.

 

10. Gene Chizik

Gene's got his leather jacket in case he needs to go into a controlled slide on his hog later.

If you don’t think Coach Chizik’s leather jacket is cool, make sure you check out the vast assortment of cutoff sweatshirts or Under Armour turtlenecks that he pulls out of the wardrobe on a regular basis.  I like to imagine that those turtlenecks that Gene wears on gamedays are actually dickies.  It’s just way more fun that way.

9.  Will Muschamp

BALLIN!!

There’s nothing particularly terrible about anything that Coach Muschamp wears but it was just the amount of bland that he wears that landed him this low on the countdown.  Granted, I’m pretty sure that 90% of the pictures I could find of him were from the same press conference but he didn’t do himself any favors wearing the orange tie that I wore to my 6th grade dance.  We’ll revisit Will’s clothing choices after he gets a full season under his belt and see if he moves himself up.

8.  Bobby Petrino

Coach Petrino makes that turtleneck look GOOD!

In a theme that I found is pretty common among SEC coaches, Bobby loves a good turtleneck.  Is it just a part of life that once you cross the 50 year mark, you start pulling the turtlenecks out of the closet?  Because if so, I plan on dying early.

 

 

7.  Nick Saban

Come on Coach, what were you thinking?

Coach Saban landed himself this low on the countdown for one reason only:  he used to dress really poorly.  Will Muschamp, in the ESPN article referenced earlier, referred to Saban’s old wardrobe as “Cosby sweaters”.  He has come a long way since those days and actually looks pretty dapper on most occasions now.  He does, however, also fall victim to the turtleneck rule listed under #8 every once and a while.

6.  Les Miles

Lookin' good, Coach

As I’ve mentioned, several of the coaches love the turtleneck look but none pull it off quite as well as ol’ Les.  Somehow, he actually manages to make it look kinda cool.  It must be something about LSU’s manly colors that make the best in the turtleneck shine through.  We don’t know how you did it Coach, but somehow you pulled it off.

5.  Steve Spurrier

If you could have just found your shirt, you may have gotten higher than 5th, Steve

The Ol’ Ball Coach has pretty much put his stamp on the college football fashion world with his signature visors that he’s worn since his Florida days.  He also manages to look good in a sweater vest better than most men could.

4.  Mark Richt

FORE!!

Is it just me, or does Coach Richt always look like he just got done playing a round of golf in a horrible rainstorm?

 

 

 

 

 

3. James Franklin

I guarantee you, you wouldn't look this good in black and gold

The new coach at Vandy has brought it pretty strong since taking over the head job.  The gold and black probably does him some favors but I’m pretty sure he’d look good if you put him in magenta and teal, too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Joker Phillips

I don’t know if it’s the way he’s dressed or if I’m just lost in his eyes but try and tell me with a straight face that you wouldn’t kiss him on the mouth if he let you.  You can’t and I know you can’t.

 

 

 

 

1.  Derek Dooley

Congrats, Coach! You out dressed 9 guys who couldn't dress a donkey and two guys who you just happened to be slightly better looking than!

Maybe it’s because he’s a former lawyer, or maybe it’s just Tennessee’s day here at the Dweller but no coach in the league looks quite as good when he pulls himself up to that podium for a presser as Coach Dooley does.  I added points to Derek’s location on the list for the fact that he somehow manages to make that awful orange look good.  I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to Coach Derek Dooley, of the Tennessee Volunteers, on his #1 ranking in the first “Best Dressed Coaches in the SEC” here at the Dweller.

-Sadler

We Don’t Get No Respect: The Plight of the 2011 Auburn Tigers

Will Michael Dyer be able to fill the void left by Cam Newton?

It’s hard to imagine being in the position that the 2011 Auburn Tigers find themselves in heading into the 2011 season.  They are the defending National Champions, one of their players won the Heisman trophy and they dominated last years SEC Championship game in a way that hadn’t really been done before.  And yet, they are widely considered to be, at best, the fourth best team in their division.  Not their conference, their DIVISION.  It’s not very often that a team can win a National Championship and claim the (as Bill Simmons puts it) “nobody believes in us!!” factor.  Yet here they sit. . . .underdogs.

Auburn fans everywhere are up in arms about the lack of respect that their team is getting heading into the season.  I’ve heard anything from “we deserve to be in the top 10” to “we should be #1 until someone takes it from us”.  And honestly, only one of those claims is ridiculous.  Take, for example, the Alabama team from last year.  They were coming off a National Championship, had a Heisman Trophy winner, and had won comfortably in the SEC Championship game.  They were far and away the preseason pick to win the National Championship the following year, and even after an early loss to South Carolina they were still considered dark horses to make it the NC game until their loss to LSU.

What is it about this Auburn team that leads the entire nation to write them off just one season after they won it all?  Let’s look at some factors:

  1. They lost their Heisman winning quarterback Cam Newton to the NFL. Auburn fans will often site the losses that Alabama has coming into this season and question why they are deserving of high praise while the Tigers are brushed aside.  Make no mistake: no loss endured by the Tide is as significant as the loss of Cam Newton.
  2. They lost the heart and soul of their defense, Nick Fairley.
  3. They lost four senior offensive linemen.  In a conference that prides itself on stellar defense, the loss of experienced offensive linemen cannot be understated.

While there are plenty of reasons for the Auburn faithful to worry, there are some reasons for optimism as well. For one, they return what should be one of the better running games in the conference in Michael Dyer and Onterrio McCalebb, and while their offensive line is fairly inexperienced, it isn’t necessarily young.

All in all, the Tigers are sure to see a drop from their surprising 2010 season.  Unless there is a player hiding on the depth chart with the level of athleticism that Cam Newton had, it may be a tough year for the Tigers in what should be an absolutely loaded SEC West.  While I think that Auburn is being undervalued to a degree, I still have a hard time seeing them finishing ahead of Arkansas, Alabama or LSU in the division in 2011.

Rodney Dangerfield made the phrase “I don’t get no respect” famous but the 2011 Auburn Tigers are the ones shouting it from the mountain tops.  And they may have a point.

-Sadler