Saturday, October 13, 2007

Game Day: Kentucky

We've been inundated with retrospectives on the Bluegrass Miracle. We've been inundated with talk of Andre Woodson's Heisman chances (slim now). We've been inundated with talk Kentucky's chances of winning the SEC East (not particularly good unless they can figure out how to win one of the next two games, and even then, not exactly great). Now it's Game Day, and time for all that talk to stop. It's time to play the game.

But what will be today's activities. After I'm done here, I'm probably going to go grocery shopping. Then I'll do more household errands and such, until about 11:00am.

11:00am-11:30am: Illinois vs. Iowa, ESPN2. My Fightin' Zooks continue their drive for the Rose Bowl, and for once I can say they're decided favorites in a conference game.

11:30am-2:30pm: Alabama vs. Ole Miss, Lincoln-Financial. I like the Zooks, but I have to watch the SEC. It's what my readership pays me to do. I don't think it's a big secret what's going on in this game. Bama is better, but not prohibitively better. Ole Miss can win, but has to play its best and hope Bama has another uninspired performance. If they get this, they can win, and talk radio will be very interesting this week. Still, the most likely result is a Bama win, which put Bama on the verge of being bowl-eligible.

2:30pm-6:00pm: LSU vs. Kentucky, CBS. Kentucky is a dangerous team, because they have very good skill players. What they lack are the players in the trenches. We should dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. If we have another game like we played against Tulane though, look out. This could get ugly. Following last week's intense, punishing matchup, I really look for our coaches to rotate in a lot more backups along the lines and at running back.

6:00pm - 7:00pm: Georgia at Vandy, ESPN2. I'll catch a little of this game if it's still competitive. I'm expecting Vandy to have a breakout game at some point this season, but they have looked pretty bad whenever they've played a decent team. Georgia laid an egg last week, and it remains to be seen how that team responds.

7:00pm - 11:00pm: Auburn at Arkansas, ESPN. Auburn has a lot of positive momentum, but they're playing a team designed to beat them. Auburn is a little light on the defensive line, and has small, quick linebackers. Arkansas runs right at you, negating any speed advantage you may have, and exploiting a size advantage it has. Arkansas's big problem here is on defense, but Auburn hasn't exactly shown a consistently good offense this year. There's no reason to think Arkansas can't win this game, but that's not the same as saying they will win it. This game could go down to the wire.

Every week is huge in the SEC, and while this may not be the biggest out there, an upset or two could REALLY shake things up in both divisions.

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