Friday, November 14, 2008

SEC Weekend Games of Interest: The "I'm Back" Edition

It’s been a while since I’ve written this post and I’m sorry for the absence. Earl was able to cover for me while I was in New Orleans/Baton Rouge and did a fine job. We were too busy the past two weeks to have this posted, but I will try to make up for it. Here is what’s happening in your neck of the woods:

Louisiana Monroe at Ole Miss: The slayers-of-all-things-Alabama travel to the University of Mississippi this week in hopes of pulling an upset similar to last year. Unfortunately, for them, Bama isn’t on the schedule this season and Ole Miss won’t get caught with their pants down.

"You may catch some of Jevan's britches, but you ain't catching mine"

Houston Nutt is looking to improve the Rebel’s bowl stock and needs a neat and decisive victory. A win here could give them a lot of momentum going into their upcoming game with LSU and we are talking about a Warhawk team that gave up 34 points to the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama. Jevan Sneed is still maddeningly inconsistent, but the strong running of TB Cordera Eason and WR Dexter McCluster should carry Ole Miss over a ULM team that gives up 207 yards per game on the ground. Ole Miss wins 34-24.

South Carolina at Florida: Pretty Sure that BFR’s head will explode if he watches any of this game in a sober state. That is why it is imperative that we pour bourbon down his throat while we are on the Plains. His hate of all things Spurrier and all things Florida is truly unparalleled.

This man has a serious dislike of all things Gator. That is, unless he sees Urban Meyer and the 'Ole Ball Coach being eaten by one.

Steve Spurrier has always hung tough against his former team and I honestly expect him to have a good game plan and a well motivated football team in Gainesville Saturday. The Florida secondary is still the weak part of their squad. If the SC offensive line can hold (big if), Carolina should be able to get a few yards and points. Unfortunately, the Gamecocks are still inconsistent with the running game and Florida will stuff this up and make young Garcia and Smelley win in the Marsh with their arms. Carolina’s D is outstanding, but ultimately the Gators' speed in the skill positions will win out over the size of South Carolina’s linebackers. Florida is the pick here, 38-17.

Mississippi State at Alabama: I refuse to say anything good about this game just because it took the 7:45 ESPN time slot over the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry. Instead we will focus on the fact that Bama has not scored an offensive TD against the western Bulldogs in two years. Bama also lost to UL-Monroe last year:

This is about all I've got against 'Bama this year and that sucks.

Mississippi State is not good and Alabama is really good and that about sums up the entire football game. Bama will run the ball, play base defense and have a winning margin somewhere around 21 points. Final score here is Alabama 27, MSU 6.

Troy State University at LSU: This match up is pretty simple to call. LSU will run the ball a lot with Charles Scott and Keiland Williams. They are also likely to pull the redshirt off of Freshman QB Jordan Jefferson, something Less (Get It?) Miles and company should have done weeks ago.

"Yes, it did appear that the Alabama defense did not want to play dodgeball with Jarrett"

I don’t know much about Troy State. However, I do know that the name of the University should still be Troy State. Would you go and shorten Georgia State University to Georgia University? No, you wouldn’t. Troy is not that important and definitely not important enough to be called Troy University. That being said, my high school’s band director was a Troy State graduate and was a cool guy so I can’t really hold anything against them. Miss Michigan 2000 and current Fox News Entertainment correspondent Jill Dobson is also a Troy Graduate:

"Yes, I should have gone to Michigan - Scratch that, Appalachian State"

The Trojans are 6-3 on the season and throw the ball pretty well with quarterback Levi Brown. They traditionally hang tough with big time opponents and will give the Bayou Bengals some early trouble before fading at the end. Look for a 45-21 LSU victory.

Vanderbilt at Kentucky: Snore...but at least it is an SEC game and it is on TV. The second coming of Pat White, the illustrious and accomplished QB/RB/WR Randall Cobb, will lead UK to a 24-17 victory.

That does it for this week. The Maker's Mark will be out in Alabama this Saturday and we look forward to seeing plenty of Dawg fans there.

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