Saturday, September 29, 2007

Game Day!

The SEC has lots of big games today. South Carolina hosting Mississippi State for homecoming is a big opportunity for MSU at 3-1 to show they are legit, and a bit of a trap game for South Carolina coming between an expected loss to LSU and a dangerous game against Kentucky next week.

Auburn could change their fortunes for the better by springing a surprise on the Gators at the Swamp today. I don't think it likely given the way the Plainsmen have played so far, but a victory against Florida would suddenly vault Auburn back into the conversation in the SEC East, and the favorite, Florida, would wind up in a dogfight. Any hopes of Tim Tebow's Heisman candidacy are riding on this game as well.

Alabama and FSU at Jacksonville is a statement game for the SEC. We need this one badly to show the country who the premiere conference in America is, and a loss to the Seminoles would definitely vault the Pac 10 even higher in the esteem of most pundits. Defend our honor, Tide!

Ole Miss at Georgia doesn't look that interesting at first blush, but after the way the Rebels got after the Gators last week, the Dawgs have to beware. Georgia has beaten Ole Miss seven times in a row, and the Rebels are just about due to spring an upset on the Dawgs. I doubt if it will occur between the hedges today, but the red and black need to beware.

Kentucky could go to 5-0 (!) by handling FAU at home today, and Vanderbilt has a must-win against Eastern Michigan if their pre-season hopes of playing in a bowl for the first time since 1982's Hall of Fame Classic are to remain alive. LSU and Arkansas should be overwhelming favorites against Tulane and North Texas respectively.

A beautiful fall day around most of the South, and some great football on tap. Enjoy!