Thursday, September 29, 2005

Behind The Scoreboard
By Claude Vinson

SEC football

Really, folks, yours truly was going to give the NCAA and NFL a break this week and focus on catching up on all the happenings and meanderings and what not in the MLB and the WNBA.

Well, it just didn’t happen. There are some personal reasons why this focus was switched back to the NCAA (and most specifically), to the SEC.

First and foremost, LSU was dropped from the top 25. Is there any credible reason why this should have happened? Sure, the Tigers have played only one game thus far while some other SEC teams have played three or four, but it is not LSU’s fault.

Their game with the Vols was, by mutuality, moved to Monday night. We all know the cause for that. But to be stripped of their very high ranking, just having it snatched away, because of the inactivity is ludicrous. The pollsters could easily have waited until after the game of the 26th (September) to drop the gavel.

This postponed game might be a gleeful occurrence for a pair of SEC teams. The Vols and Tigers are going to have to face next Saturday’s opponents after a short week.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State will be the beneficiaries of whatever comes out of this belated contest. The Rebels will meet the Volunteers and the Bulldogs will have the Tigers in Starkville. Both Mississippi teams are banged up but starving for wins.

Those games are going to be worthy of watching, but will pale in comparison to the 2:30 tilt next Saturday between the Gators and the Tide. Florida is number five and Alabama moved into the top 25 at the 20th position. The Gators rule the Eastern division and the Tide owns the Western in the SEC. Would you believe both are 4-0 overall and 2-0 in their respective divisions? The only comment left for this one is - please pass the sauce!

Just a wee bit of NCAA irony before we depart. Remember Tyrone Willingham, the deposed Fightin’ Irish coach who landed way out West? Well, his former team gave his Huskies quite a shellacking last Saturday. You can double it by recollecting that he (Tyrone) did the same to Washington last season. Want to go for triples? Tyrone recruited all the players who beat him (under new head coach Charlie Weis).

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