Thursday, October 3, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
SEC action heats up
The hottest tickets in the NCAA had to be within the confines of the SEC. The number one team and the number 21 team were not the first game on the football slate for Saturday, but it very well could have been.
However, long before one got to the Tide and Rebs there was a Cats and Dawgs fight, number six versus number nine. This game had a truck load of similarities, especially among team leaders. The quarterbacks for these teams were once teammates and in contention for the starting job in the Bulldogs’ camp in 2010. Both of these guys are “slinging Sammies” and just love to throw the pill. The showdown didn’t come between the goal posts, however. Zach Mettenberger got into trouble away from the campus and was dismissed from the team. He landed on his cleats but not in a Georgia uniform as he had always hoped.
Saturday they really got things rolling in an SEC game that was designed to showcase their flame throwing. They tried to outdo each other all game with the Dawgs holding a 24-17 edge at halftime. The LSU Tigers (4-0, 1-0) had beaten the Dawgs (2-1, 1-0) in the last two outings, one being the 2011 SEC championship game. Conversely, former teammate Aaron Murray had thrown the Dawgs back into prominence in the SEC.
This time Georgia downed LSU for bragging rights, 45-41.
Later in the afternoon it was time to break out the “Kool-Aid” and watch number one Alabama take on Ole Miss in Tuscaloosa. You have to have mixed feelings about this one – your alma mater against the premier team in the nation. Most polls had given Georgia and Alabama unanimous wins. The Rebels put up a defensive roadblock in the first half but couldn’t keep the rolling Tide from the endzone forever.
Alabama made it 10 straight over Ole Miss with the 25-0 shutout. You can’t really be happy with a shutout, but you can take solace in the fact that you were beaten by the best.
The defeat was small in comparison with the surprise that Lane Kiffin experienced when he stepped off the plane in California, returning from his 62-41 defeat at Arizona State.
Jim Croce the balladeer had a song out years ago called, “You Don’t Mess With Jim.” Apparently, if you are a PAC-12 (USC) coach you don’t allow Arizona State to beat you by 21 points unless you want to get fired in the parking lot before sunrise. Kiffin’s four seasons’ record at the Trojans was 28-15.
Ed Orgeron was named as Kiffin’s interim replacement.
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