I still don't think they are a contender for a national title. But they found a way to beat Texas A&M this past Saturday.
I did get it right with Alabama thrashing Tennessee, Mississippi State blasting Middle Tennessee and Florida upending South Carolina. I even picked Vandy to get past Auburn. Georgia gave a scare by having trouble with Kentucky but managed to hold on.
And, so, we move on to the next week of SEC football with Alabama retaining the top spot in the latest BCS poll and Florida hanging in at No. 2. I can't say at this moment that I disagree with the computers.
This week will put some separation between the haves and have nots, especially in the Southeastern Conference.
The big game of the week, get this, is Mississippi State at Alabama for the "Tussle in Tuscaloosa". The Crimson Tide is an early 23 1/2 point favorite against the Bulldogs. I'm not a betting man. But I believe I would take that bet. I don't believe Alabama will score 24 points. And I sure don't think the Tide will keep MSU and quarterback Tyler Russell out of the end zone.
Maybe Alabama wins and continues it's march to the BCS championship game. Maybe Mississippi State pulls the upset and throws a wrench in the works for the computers. I can just see one of the computers spewing smoke when the data entry guy types in the score of MSU 17, Alabama 14. It would be like Y2K all over again.
I'm going to pick the upset and go with that just to see what happens. I may be the only person outside of Starkville to pick the Dogs.
Florida would move to the top of the food chain if that happens as the Gators continue their winning ways against Georgia between the hedges.
Texas A&M shows up and Auburn asks for a hall pass to get out of class after Vandy schooled them last week.
South Carolina struggles against the Vols but manages a win and Vandy wins again at home against UMass, which hasn't won a game all year.
Kentucky will blow by Missouri in what is sure to be a sleeper and Arkansas will upend Ole Miss in Little Rock.
The Hogs got off to a slow start this year but have improved and should produce better results down the stretch. Not enough to make Hog Nation happy but at least enough to have something to cheer about.
Anyone want to take me up on the MSU-Bama game. There's an ice-cold soda riding on it.
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Chan Davis is the sports editor for the Carroll County News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-654-2742.