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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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Public Service Announcement: Everyone in the SEC Hates You

Tennessee fans are just like every other SEC fan, they don't realize how much everyone hates them.

Here in SEC country we love our teams with unbridled passion. The kind that could get you arrested in most states. If you are reading this, chances are you are one of the proud and loyal fans of one of the conference’s esteemed universities. You probably attend as many games as your wallet and schedule will allow, decked out in your loves colors and singing her fight song with others, also proclaiming their love.

But there are other teams out there, they have plans of  blemishing your love with an ugly tally added to the loss column. These other programs have their own fans who profess to love these other schools as much as you love your own. They wear other colors, sing other songs, and have all manner of strange traditions before, during, and after games. These other schools and their fans bring about a whole different emotion.  Hate. Pure, unadulterated hate. “Don’t these other fans know how ugly those uniforms are?”, you might think.  “How can they not see how stupid they look with that cheer?”

But then it comes to your attention that the other fans hate you as well.  But why?  What could anyone possibly have against you and your fellow fans, and how could you not have known?

The good news is that it is not your fault. The reason you cannot see is because your love has made you blind. Your blindness keeps you from seeing your love as she truly is. The basement dwellers feel your pain and want to help you understand. That is why we have taken the time to let you know EXACTLY why your team and fellow fans suck.

In the following weeks we will go through every team to let their fanbase know what it is about them that makes the rest of the conference hate them. This should be fun and enlightening for everyone, but don’t get pissy or defensive when it is your teams turn. Just know that the dwellers do this not out of hate, but out of love. Love for our fans, and love for the greatest conference in the land.

Today we are going to start out by telling everyone from the Commonwealth of Kentucky just why it is that the rest of us hate you.  So stay tuned.

SEC Key Games: September 10–South Carolina at Georgia

It seems as if it would be absolutely ridiculous to say that the SEC East will be decided in the second week of the season.  That being said—the SEC East will be decided in the second week of the season.  The Ol’ Ball Coach leads his defending East champs into Athens to take on Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs.  Georgia will be coming off what will be a make-or-break opening weekend game against Boise State.  Whether they’re coming off a hard-fought victory, or a disappointing defeat, will they have enough left in the tank for the following Saturday against a high-powered South Carolina offense that features some of the best skill players in the conference?  However, you can’t afford to put the words “high-powered offense” and “South Carolina” in the same sentence unless you have Stephen Garcia somewhere in the equation.  The offseason has once again been filled with question marks as to whether or not Garcia will even be a part of Spurrier’s squad in September.

Who will lead their team to a huge SEC East victory?

From a match-up standpoint, this game will feature two of the most exciting young running backs in the league.  South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore returns from a phenomenal freshman campaign in which he was second in rushing yards among running backs, as well as the overall league-leader in yards from scrimmage.  If you’re playing for Steve Spurrier and have the skill that Lattimore touts, he’s going to find ways to get you the ball in space.  What will trouble the Bulldogs is, when Garcia gets tired of handing the ball off to Lattimore, he has a 6’4” freak on the outside in Alshon Jeffrey, who was second in the league in yards from scrimmage.  Georgia will have to find a way to contain these two future NFL talents, or it could be a long day for the Dawgs.  However, incoming true freshman Isaiah Crowell could be what Mark Richt needs to save his job.  With Caleb King and Washaun Ealey banished from Athens, Crowell now becomes the featured back for the Bulldogs.  Having a tough, poised sophomore quarterback who threw for 3,000 yards in his freshman season might help a little, too.  Aaron Murray showed the SEC last fall that he has what it takes to play in this league, and with a year of experience under his belt he will be looking to keep his offense on the field as long as possible in this game.

Neither teams’ defense had much to write home about last season.  Both squads gave up an average of around three touchdowns per game.  While the Gamecocks were actually built to outscore their opponents, Georgia often had to rely on their offense to keep them in games.  The Dawgs hope that Bacarri Rambo will provide more highlights from the safety spot this year, with Brandon Boykin returning as the top cornerback for Richt’s defense.  The Gamecocks will field a veteran defensive squad this year, with the free safety position being the only spot not filled by a junior or senior.  Georgia could be at a great disadvantage here thanks to their aforementioned opening day battle with Boise State.  The Bulldogs defense will have to pull out all the stops and show everything they have in the playbook to keep Kellen Moore in check.  South Carolina opens with a neutral site non-conference clash of their own, facing an East Carolina team that replaces four starters on the offensive line.  The Gamecock defense should have no trouble with the Pirates, and could possibly rest their starters for most of the second half.

This game will set the tone for the SEC East’s march to Atlanta.  If Garcia suits up, I think this will be one of the more exciting games of the SEC schedule to watch.  If not, the Dawgs may come out of the game having made a huge step towards the SEC East title, and Mark Richt’s job a little more secure.

-Chris