Thursday, October 22, 2009
Behind The Scoreboard
What was the title of that movie made some years ago about the NFL: Any Given Sunday? Well, one could sort of paraphrase that and call it “Any Given Saturday.” Of course, one would be talking about the SEC. In the race for first place in the East and West, there are no “dark horses,” just some which start slower than others.
Take those cellar dwelling West Division Razorbacks. Who would have picked them to give the Gators such a mouthful? Star gunslinger Tebow was stymied by the Arkansas defense for the major portion of their game. It is to his Heisman image credit that he found the composure to organize a turnaround. His previous injury from early in the season didn’t appear to be a factor. Unranked Arkansas had them tied to the mast until Tebow played up to potential to put the Gators in field-goal position to come away with the 23-20 win.
Florida remains unbeaten and untied. And still numero uno – in the BCS standings. Late Sunday night, it was released that Florida had been replaced in the overall rankings by (are you ready for this?), the Crimson Tide. It was reported that the Gators solidified their BCS position with the win over the Tigers of LSU. Those same Tigers had to give up their number four place and move to number 10.
Ole Miss and Miss State had pretty easy opposition last Saturday. The former hosted UAB from the C-USA and the latter entertained Middle Tennessee State University from the Sun Belt. Both of the teams badly needed a “whetstone” of sorts after the previous weekend. Of course, there was much talk about the “unworthiness” of these two opponents during this period of the SEC season.
Yours truly tends to disagree. These games which cross conference lines and transcend traditions, adds a valuable adjunct to collegiate football. They are good for prosperity. They are not bad at the box office either. The highest grossing game in Mississippi was between the Golden Eagles and the Missississippi State Bulldogs. The game between Jackson State and the Golden Eagles some years back was also a crowd pleaser.
While it is true that the time when teams from SWAC, Sun Belt, etc., will occupy top rankings is years away, the desire to witness such match-ups among all of these conferences is here now.
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