Here we go again with another installment of Tiger Rag Magazine's Where Do We Stand. <br><br> In this week's rant, we again criticize questionable officiating in the SEC, give kudos to Alabama head coach Mike Shula as well as the Auburn Tigers.

We are still torn on whether or not the LSU Lady Tigers should get paws up or down after a thriller in Austin and Notre Dame can't follow up a win at Tennessee with success.


Kansas blew a prime opportunity at an upset and the Florida Gators gave lame duck head coach Ron Zook a nice parting gift.


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To coaches John Brady and Pokey Chatman. Brady wheeled in what many will rank among the best recruiting classes in America with the acquisition of Denham Springs sensation Tasmin Mitchell. Brady picked up four letters of intent last Wednesday on the hoops national signing day. Brady was the only coach picking up a big signature. Lady Tigers coach Pokey Chatman got a LOI from Kristen Morris, a 6-2 forward and Michigan's top player.




To SEC officials (surprise, surprise). Again the Southeastern Conference's band of zebras can't get it right. While LSU fans profited from what might have been a questionable no-call, Alabama coaches, players and fans no doubt left Baton Rouge feeling a bit jilted. In most situations, Corey Webster would have been flagged for pass interference for contact with Crimson Tide wide receiver Keith Brown in the end zone. Bama followers will swear this play changed the game. While many LSU fans feel the ref missed the call most will agree the Tigers still did enough to prove they deserved the victory by rallying for the 26-10 win.



To Alabama coach Mike Shula and his remarks considering the controversial no-call by the official on the questionable pass interference call on Webster. Instead of berating the officials, Shula took the high road and basically said "no comment."



To the Kansas Jayhawks. Mike Mangino's team had a chance to all but seal Mack Brown's fate in Austin. KU led Texas 25-13 in the fourth quarter and looked to be on their way to a major upset. However, the Jayhawks, without a doubt lacking the ability to know how to win, surrendered a couple of late touchdowns allowing Texas a 27-25 victory. Too bad because with Georgia's loss to Auburn, Texas will likely enter the BCS as the nation's top one-loss team. What a joke!



Speaking of Auburn, we cringe at the thought of how this national championship race is going to shape up. The Tigers proved, in these eyes, that they are the best team in the country whipping 5th-ranked Georgia 24-6 Saturday on the Plains. However, when the polls came out Sunday, there were no changes among the nation's top teams and USC and Oklahoma (who have no left on their schedules that can beat them) will likely coast into the Orange Bowl leaving Auburn (which still has to play in the SEC Championship Game) on the outside looking in. What a shame, or like we said earlier, what a joke!



To the Florida Gators. While you won't find a great deal of sympathy for the Gators and their latest travails, it was good to see the players reward their lame duck coach Ron Zook with a nice gift as he is shown the door – a bowl berth. Although not quite sure where the Gators are headed (probably Shreveport or Nashville), Zook will try and win a bowl game for the first time in his three year tenure in Gainesville and that was guaranteed when Florida won their sixth game of the season Saturday with a 48-14 win over South Carolina.



To Notre Dame. The ultimate pretenders, the Fighting Irish fell hard after last week's 17-13 upset of Tennessee in Knoxville. Back home beneath Touchdown Jesus, the Irish, which had neutralized the Vols just a week earlier, could not slow lowly Pitt and fell to the Panthers 41-38.



To the LSU Lady Tigers. Winners of three games I four days, Pokey Chatman's team swept a pair of games over Maine and Arizona State in the Women's Sports Foundation Classic on Thursday and Friday in the Maravich Center. On Sunday, in a thriller that should never have been that close, LSU blew a 21-point lead only to hang on and win 71-70 over Baylor in Austin.

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