Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007
There is one thing that all of us old SEC watchers know for certain – the games are going to be good, some of destined to shock and some are deigned to be downright disappointing.
Take Ole Miss, for instance. The Rebels had their chance to knock off a rated opponent, gain some respect and credibility and improve their standing in the SEC West. Granted, they were playing away from home and before a crowd which practically doubled what they are used to at Oxford. But, hey, this is the SEC.
The Rebels had the huge Athens throng holding its collective breath when they were already up 7-0 and threatening again at the 1-yard line. On first down. For a go ahead score of 14-0. Against the number 15 team in the nation. What other call is there other than a QB sneak? The play was lost and the G-Dogs went on to score four straight unanswered TDs. They ended up plastering the Rebs all over the place at 45-17. Can we call for a replay?
The Mississippi State Bulldogs also had their promising day which turned to ashes as the Bullies saw their lead flipped to a 38-21 loss to the number 16 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks of the SEC East. The Bullies had also stunned the stalwart in Columbia which had numbered beyond 75,000 and have come to embrace the ol’ coach (Steve Spurrier) as their salvation on the gridiron.
The Bullies blamed the turn in their fortunes on a punt which was blocked. The Gamecocks used the miscue to baffle Miss. State by raveling off 21 unanswered points. The loss dropped the Bullies to 3-2 on the season.
And of course, there were upsets. Some had “giant killer” connotations. One of the biggest was the Auburn Tigers and their coach, ol’ what’s-his-name, halting the Florida Gators’ skein at 4. In all, there were four upsets in the top 10 and at least seven in the top 13.
The critics are saying that the way in which Colorado “buffaloed” the Oklahoma Sooners might be cause for Oklahoma to rethink their title aspirations for this season.
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