Thursday, October 8, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
This time of the collegiate football season in the SEC, all of the conference seems to be chasing the Florida Gators. One has to admit that the SEC has not become a force to be reckoned with, but the force to be reckoned with in the last decade. Some of the most talented athletes in the collegiate football scheme of things and the recurring high rankings each season have made member teams the most viable prospective opponents for the annual bowl series.
Riding the crest of the very high waves this season are the aforementioned Gators, the Crimson Tide and the LSU Tigers. The Gators are number one at this point and the Tide and Tigers are three and four, respectively. Incidentally, in these shires when one says “Chiquita” he or she is not talking about a hot tamale from south of the Border, but most likely a banana. By that token when one mentions the SEC, the rankings notwithstanding, Bear Bryant and Alabama spring to mind. The last time a conference had three members ranked in the top four was way back in 1961.
After Saturday’s games, there were still four teams in the SEC which were undefeated. LSU, Auburn, Alabama in the West and Florida in the East. Naturally, these teams have won all of their conference games so far. It is not hard to remember the fall from greatness that Ole Miss took a couple of Saturdays ago. The Rebels had been rated number four and tumbled 17 spots to number 21 after being surprised by South Carolina. The Rebels got some redemption this past weekend by polishing off Vanderbilt. They moved to number 18. But that might prove to be only a brief respite since they could be headed for a real train wreck next weekend when they face the Tide.
And speaking of the Bryant legacy, Alabama went on a scoring spree in the overlapping second and third quarters, putting up 24 points in all of five minutes. They ended up with a 38-20 victory over Kentucky.
It would be so easy to talk about only SEC teams in an article such as this, but there were other attention-grabbing games across the nation. However, we have to mention the LSU Tigers and the Georgia Bulldogs. This was a game. It could have gone either way and almost did, except for the TD scored by the Tigers in the last 46 seconds. LSU will have little time to rest on their laurels because they are dancing with the Gators next Saturday night.
Two other games which garnered their share of viewers were the Michigan vs. Michigan State and the Huskies of Washigton vs. the Fightin’ Irish. Sometimes it is extremely difficulty to maintain these loyalties.
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