Thursday, November 28, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
College teams jockeying for bowl games
(Editor’s Note – Due to early deadlines for the Thanksgiving edition, this column was written prior to the outcome of the Ole Miss versus Missouri game last Saturday night.)
This was week 13 in the collegiate ranks and certain teams were hoping to dispel the omen and use it as a start for the immediate future.
Of course, we are going to tune this article to the best football conference in the world, bar none, the SEC.
Now, most of the buzz has been on the SEC team just south of us here in Jolly Holly and its opponent from the nearby Southeast. Both of these teams are ranked and it matters not that the rank gap is so huge. The Missouri Tigers are rated number eight and the Ole Miss Rebels are listed as number 24. The Rebels (7-3) are already bowl eligible as are the Tigers (9-1).
The Tigers have a lot at stake, mainly the SEC Championship Game to which they aspire. They need two more wins to propel themselves into that venue.
Conversely, the Rebels have to face perennial rival Mississippi State on Turkey Day in the Egg Bowl, no matter what happens versus Missouri in Oxford.
For a simple fill-in game, fans turned their attention to the matchup between Mississippi State and Arkansas. Why the “feel good interest?” The ’Dawgs have never beaten the ’Hawgs in the Natural State (Arkansas), ever. That drought ended in week 13.
The Bulldogs have never been to four consecutive bowl games. All they have to do is break the “egg” on the head of the Rebels Thursday.
The “game of the weekend” was between two more ranked SEC teams, Texas A&M and LSU. Both of these teams had identical records (8-2) overall and were ranked nine and 18, respectively.
If you had occasion to watch the game then you know that Johnny Football’s quest for a repeat Heisman took a serious hit. I think the final score was 34-10. The Aggies had many chances which they blew. Mr. Football was just not himself last Saturday.
This is the time when all of the teams in the BCS are jockeying for the best positions (bowls) possible. Across the entire spectrum there were some major upsets last weekend with some of the more important ones occurring out West.
I don’t think any of us spent any time worrying about the Crimson Tide and Chattanooga – or next week’s trip to the “Iron Bowl.”
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