Thursday, November 22, 2012

The SEC Back in the BCS Title Game - That's Reason to Give Thanks!

Loyal Readers,

Did anyone else love last week's action? It's as if the world got back on track as the SEC is once again essentially guaranteed (at least) one spot in the BCS title game and in this time of Thanksgiving I think the continued domination of the SEC is one thing a divided nation can celebrate in their classrooms. Well, that and the fact that the GOTW this week isn't between two WAC "powerhouses" but is rather a set of rivalry games brought to you by "The Greatest" (that's what I go by here at home) as well as some other people who contribute to this blog.

Anyway, since I know all the loyal readers out there just want to hear the latest and Greatest (there's my moniker again), let's get to it.

Kentucky/Tennessee (-13.5) 
12:21 eastern   Saturday 11/24   some channel somewhere

I'm not sure if this is a rivalry game or just a game between two bad teams with coaches who either have left the building (see Dooley, Derek) or are on their way out (see Phillips, Joker). During Coach Dooley's tenure, the Vols haven't beaten anyone in the top 25 and while they have certainly struggled in SEC play I don't see them having trouble covering by two touchdowns. Kentucky is 114th in points per game so they won't capitalize on a horrible TN defense, but the Vols offense puts up about 30 per game and they are facing a Wildcat defense ranked 84th in the country in points allowed per game. So, Kentucky will score some but they won't keep up as the Vols give the ghost of Coach Dooley and the 22,000 fans who attend the game in Neyland Stadium a 42-21 win. On the bright side for Kentucky they have Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and others leading their basketball team. On second thought that was last year...enjoy the Kyle Wiltjer era.

Tennessee 42 - 21

LSU (-12.5)/Arkansas 
2:30 eastern   Friday 11/23   CBS
Yes, LSU gave up some points to Ole Miss last week. But Ole Miss plays a hurry up style of offense that Arkansas doesn't. And Arkansas has John L. Smith as their head coach. Does anybody really fear a team whose head coach includes his middle initial? Not to mention, Arkansas is a one dimensional offense (averaging only 120 yards per game on the ground) which means that while Tyler Wilson has played well as the Hogs QB this year, Mingo and company are going to make his life miserable since they won't have to fear any type of running game. In years past this game has been close - with LSU still very much in the BCS mix, look for the mad hatter and crew to take care of business easily.

LSU 38-10

Missouri/Texas A&M (-22) 
7:00 eastern   Saturday 11/24   ESPN 2 

Missouri's rough inaugural campaign in the SEC continues as Johnny Football and Coach Sumlin prove they belong with the big boys in the best conference in the country (although the ACC, with a likely 6-6 Georgia Tech team playing for the ACC title is a very, very close 2nd...and yes, that is sarcasm). Tigers QB James Franklin is questionable to play this week, the 12th man will be in full effect for a primetime Saturday night game and Texas A&M will keep their BCS bowl hopes alive by running away with this one early and often. Johnny Football stakes his claim to the Heisman with 6 total touchdowns as the Aggies roll.

Texas A&M 56-14

South Florida/Cincinnati (-13.5) 
7:00 eastern   Friday 11/23   ESPN

Wait, how did a Big East game make its way in to this write-up? I thought we were writing about the best conference in the land not the one that is imploding so badly that Boise State and others are actively talking about going back to the Mountain West. Oh yeah, that's right - it's because the Bearcats are only allowing about 18 points per game (15th in the country) while USF can't score (their offense is ranked 93rd in scoring offense and BJ Daniels is hurt). Meanwhile the Bearcats rush for about 213 yards per game (22nd in the country) and while the Bulls won't be able to put points on the board, that ground attack will allow Cincinnati to light up the scoreboard. Add in the electric atmosphere that is Nippert Stadium on a Friday night and the Bearcats win going away.

Cincinnati 38-7

Auburn/Alabama (-32)   
3:30 eastern   Saturday 11/24   CBS

With a win in the Iron Bowl and the SEC title game, Alabama is once again playing for the national title (which will be a nice end to the season that started with this). Auburn is wondering how soon they can fire Coach Gene Chizik.. This one won't be pretty and it won't be close. Look for Verne and Gary (the dreadful CBS announcers we're forced to put up with weekly) to be daydreaming about Tim Tebow by early in the 3rd quarter as we close out another regular season of blog posts here at the sweatpants with a familiar refrain that we all know and love...Roll Tide!

Alabama 45-3

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