Thursday, October 28, 2010
Behind The Scoreboard
SEC wars heating up
Want to know the quickest way to become a member of the endangered species list? Start a collegiate football program, get your team ranked number one and then go up against a team rated way down on the old totem pole.
It happened again on Saturday evening when the Sooners left the plains of Oklahoma and took their newly found luxury number to the plains of Missouri and the 18th ranked Mizzoui Tigers. The 36-27 victory by the Tigers came as a shock to a world of watchers away from the 70,000 who were actually in attendance and help to tear down both goalposts after the huge upset. Huge just might be an understatement since the Tigers had won only one game previous in 20 outings against the Sooners.
As usual, it was not immediately known where the Tigers would land in the new standings, but it speaks volumes that they are 7-0 for the first time since 1960. The Ducks of Oregon were declared number one after Oklahoma went down. Oregon had been number two and had padded their resume with a thrashing of UCLA last Thursday (60-13). Now Boise State has moved into the second spot. They were idle last weekend and will meet Louisiana Tech Tuesday (Oct 26). There are just seven unbeatens left with five others following the two mentioned (in the AP poll) – Auburn (#3), TCU (#4), Michigan State (#5), Missouri (#7) and Utah (#8).
Other than the Sooners’ big crash, the other excitement was found in the SEC. Remember a certain sportswriter telling you last week that LSU and Auburn were going to tangle and it wasn’t going to be a church social? Well, it was a weekend for the Tigers. And it was billed as the SEC’s best offense versus the best defense, period. Auburn burned that best defense for 440 yards, the most which an Auburn offensive unit has ever recorded against an SEC defense. At this juncture, the Auburn quarterback, Cameron Newton, is being offered as the front runner for the Heisman. One sports commentator, on Saturday prior to the game, stated that he was ready to hand carry the Heisman to Newton in New York. The word is also that the Auburn Tigers will be the fifth consecutive SEC team to win a national championship. I have nothing but praise for Auburn, however, one must take into consideration that they have a date with Al the elephant on November 26.
There was much talk about the SEC match-ups at the Knights of Columbus Sixth Annual “Grillin’ For Life” barbecue contest held in Ridgeland October 22-23. It was surprising to find so many Ole Miss fans around the grills. Most are high on the Duck turned Rebel quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli, however, the majority feels that he does not have a lot of help. Even lightning delays which lasted almost an hour and a half couldn’t help him defeat the Razorbacks. Masoli had a total of 425 yards and three TDs but still lost by a pair of touchdowns.
I know that sooner or later I am going to be accused of jumping ship if I keep mentioning the Miss. State Bulldogs every week, but praise is due where praise is due. The ’Dawgs became bowl eligible on Saturday with a take down of C-USA foe UAB. It was a sellout homecoming for Miss. State and the Blazers proved to be formidable competition.
Some are already dubbing the short tenure of Dan Mullen a reincarnation of the Jackie Sherrill years.
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