Scott Moore Sees Tide As Best
This is going to be a fun weekend of college football as the Calendar strikes Fall Wednesday at 11:19 p.m.
"October is nature's funeral month. Nature glories in death more than in life. The month of departure is more beautiful than the month of coming - October than May. Every green thing loves to die in bright colors."
- Henry Ward Beecher
Two teams will die in their colors this weekend and two others will emerge trying to become legend. Is there any doubt why college football's regular season is untouchable?
1. Alabama 3-0
Is there any question how special Mark Ingram is? Was it possible for Ingram to get this good, this quick after knee surgery just 21 days ago? WOW. I suspect this team will only get better, too and if the rest of the Tide improves the next few weeks as quickly as it's starting tailback, make your reservations for the Arizona desert for Jan. 11, 2011.
South Carolina 3-0
Cocky struggled a little last week after the big W over UGA, but this week is the opportunity to make the biggest statement in the Spurrier era . Winning where your biggest rival just lost, The Plains. AU had trouble slowing down the Clemson running game a week ago and here comes Mr. Marcus Lattimore.
3. Arkansas 3-0
It's put up or shut up time for the Hogs as Chris Speilman said last week on the live national telecast of Arkie at UGA. "Yes Arkansas is in the class of Alabama and Florida," he proclaimed. "They are a legit SEC Championship Contender." I am not buying that at all. And the proof will be known about 10 minutes into the game when the Tide rolls into the Ozarks.
4. Florida 3-0
The Gators are doing well in a lot of things on offense ,but the Gators D is legit and in time Florida will begin to click on all cylinders . If does not happen in the next three weeks, though, the Gators might need to see the travel agent for a trip to Tampa in the post season.
5 . LSU 3-0
The Bayou Bengals finally put it together with their most complete performance of the season. Again, time will tell if this set of Tigers is going to be another Les Miles underachieving team. We will know a lot about LSU as the Ides or October come calling.
Winning over Clemson was certainly better than the alternative with two major tests coming in the next month of the season. Identity for AU on offense is still not been achieved while the defense has proven that a power running game is the way to handle Auburn .
7. Kentucky 3-0
The Joker has caused the latest John Callipari NCAA mess to be quieted a little in the past weeks and these Cats are going to Gainesville this weekend with their best chance to win since the last time the Cats were relevant in the SEC in 1977. This is a surprising team playing to it's potential and nine wins is a realistic goal for UK.
8. Mississippi State. 1-2 To say the loss to LSU was a huge letdown is an understatement. I honestly thought MSU would be much better, Obviously the loss to Auburn did not help the cause in Baton Rouge as the Dawgs were a downright disappointment!
9. Georgia. 1-2
An 0-2 start for the first time in the Richt era is spelling trouble for the popular UGA coach. AJ Green's suspension has hurt the UGA offensive production especially with the inexperience of a young but talented frosh quarterback. UGA has suffered late defensive break downs in both losses and a remedy for the situation does not appear to be in sight.
10. Vanderbilt 1-2
A win on the road in the SEC is impressive no matter who it comes against, even if it comes to the chagrin of Houston Dale Nutt.
11. Tennessee 1-2
The Vols are in a free fall and yet are an improved team under Derrick Dooley. Got to respect the fight and the grit the Volunteers have showed, there are just not enough quality Vols left to adequately defend Rocky Top.
12. Ole Miss 1-2
The word out around Oxford is this will be the final year of the Houston Nutt experiment in Oxford. Put a fork in the Rebs, this season is over. How about the name of Mike Leach being tossed around in the inner circles of the Ole Miss Brass. Change is a coming in the land of Colonel Reb. A Mad Scientist could indeed be on the way.
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