As newbie to all things Florida Gators, I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on the Georgia-Florida rivalry (I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on anything, for that matter. Give me another year, ha-ha!). So, let's open this lovely Sunday conversation to the real UGA-UF historians, you guys. Here's your chance to name Georgia 42, Florida 30.
1. Dance, Dawgs, Dance
2. Knowshon Fo'Show'Mon
3. Tebow: End of Innocence
4. Moreno Supremo
5. Meyer Loses Fire
6. Act'n a Fool in the End Zone
7. Fourth-and-Dumb II
8. Staffordshire, the new Dawg in Jville
9. Major Wright, The Marshmallow Fist Man
10. Tebow's Shoulder Bruise Game
GAINESVILLE -- No doubt UGA 42, UF 30 will be remembered forever for Georgia's end zone celebration in the first quarter. Sports Illustrated has apparently latched onto the bizarre happenings, evidenced by an SI writer asking Florida coach Urban Meyer his thoughts on the subject during today's weekly teleconference.
Meyer: "The first thing is it's illegal ... You're being called out and you have to go as hard as you can. We had some silly penalties as well ... We have to keep them out of the end zone so they can't do that ... It's none of my business."
SEC TEAMS IN AP TOP 25
No.3 LSU (7-1)
Can a one-loss LSU team leapfrog No.2 Boston College? Tigers won't have to; BC will lose at home to Miami on Nov.24. Ohio State will lose at Michigan on Nov.17.
No.10 Georgia (6-2)
Do the Bulldogs got bite? Just ask Tebow, who was sacked six times on Saturday. Florida's quarterback entered the game having been sacked five times on the season.
No.17 Alabama (6-2)
Bama jumps five spots and didn't even play a game? Only the Tide. Didn't this team lose to Florida State a couple weeks ago?
No.18 Florida (5-3)
The highest ranked three-loss team in the Top 25.
No.19 Auburn (6-3)
The Tigers ranked behind Florida? Further proof that most AP voters don't eat their vegetables. Auburn beat Florida in The Swamp, duh.
No.23 South Carolina (6-3)
Hey Spurrier, feeling cocky?
No.24 Tennessee (6-3)
Again, in the words of Pompano Beach Ely's world famous marching band: Hey AP voters, "Eat your vegetables...And your peas!" Tennessee beat South Carolina ON SATURDAY!
MOST SEC TEAMS STILL ALIVE
Amazingly, 11 of 12 SEC teams still have chances (some theoretical miracles) to reach Atlanta and the SEC championship game. Here's an SEC breakdown of the current standings, including some highlights from kids that got away from Florida, a few hometown heroes, my predictions, several snarky comments (pretty much all I'm good for) and one request for LSU fans. And who said the SEC is a conference in constant flux? Looks like South Carolina, Kentucky and the Mississippi schools are at the bottom of the pile, as usual.
SEC WEST BREAKDOWN
Last week: Bye. This week: LSU at Bryant-Denny (5 p.m.). Tuscaloosa might burn to the ground if the Tide beats LSU (Nick Saban vs. Les Miles) in Bryant-Denny on Saturday. And in a rare Saturday in The Beautiful state, the entire place will be cheering for Alabama to win. Auburn can't win the West without a little help from the pachyderms. Prediction: Alabama 17, LSU 10. What needs to happen for Alabama to reach Atlanta? Win out.
Last week: Bye. This week: LSU Les Miles' luck runs out this weekend. Side note: LSU fans, take some lessons on how to treat visiting football fans while y'all are in T-town. What needs to happen for LSU to reach Atlanta? Win out; convert 53 more fourth downs; continue consulting with New Orleans voodoo witchdoctors every week; meet at the crossroads one more time; etc...
Last week: Beat Ole Miss 17-3, out gaining the Rebs in yards by 420-193. RB Brad Lester rushed for a career high 93 yards. One That Got Away: Sophomore defensive back Patrick Lee (Miami Christopher Columbus) had nine tackles and an interception. This week: Tennessee Tech at Jordan-Hare (2:30 p.m.). Prediction: Auburn 45, Tennessee Tech 10. What needs to happen for Auburn to reach Atlanta? Win out; two LSU losses.
Miss. State (2-3)
Last week: Beat Kentucky 31-14. Congrats coach Sly Croom, you just earned another year as head coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. One That Got Away: Freshman quarterback Wesley Carroll (St. Thomas Aquinas) threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns. This week: Bye. What needs to happen for State to reach Atlanta? Win out; three LSU losses; Alabama loss at Auburn.
Last week: Beat FIU 58-10. Arkansas has scored 102 points in the last two weeks. Have the Hogs turned their season around in time to add more chaos to the SEC? One That Got Away: Sophomore tailback Michael Smith (Tallahassee Rickards) rushed for an 81-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. This week: South Carolina at Razorback Stadium (2 p.m.). Prediction: Arkansas 24, South Carolina 21. What needs to happen for Arkansas to reach Atlanta? A whole heck of a lot: Win out; three Alabama losses; LSU loss to Ole Miss.
Ole Miss (0-6)
Last week: Lost to Auburn 17-3. It's bad in Oxford these days but Rebs coach Ed Orgeron gets a pass this season and probably the next. One That Got Away: Freshman defensive lineman Lawon Scott (St. Petersburg High) was credited with 2.5 tackles behind the line for a total of minus-five yards. Next week: Northwestern State at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium (2 p.m.). Prediction: Ole Miss 20, Northwestern State 7. What needs to happen for Ole Miss to reach Atlanta? Get in your car; drive east; buy a ticket.
SEC EAST BREAKDOWN
Last week: Beat Florida 42-30. Knowshon Fo'Show'Mon. One That Got Away: Sophomore defensive tackle Geno Atkins (St. Thomas Aquinas) assisted on a sack. Next week: Troy at Sanford Stadium (1 p.m.). Prediction: Georgia 30, Troy 27. What needs to happen for Georgia to reach Atlanta? Win out; Tennessee loss.
Last week: Beat South Carolina 27-24 (OT). Tennessee just won't go away. Left for dead after a 59-20 loss to Florida, Tennessee can now controls its own fate in the SEC East. One That Got Away: Freshman kicker Daniel Lincoln (Ocala Forest) nailed a 48-yarder moments (after missing a 43-yarder) to force overtime. The second chance came by way of a Tennessee penalty. Lincoln then made the game winner (27 yards) in overtime. Next week: Louisiana-Lafayette at Neyland Stadium (4 p.m.). Prediction: Tennessee 25, Ragin' Cajuns 10. What needs to happen for Tennessee to reach Atlanta? Win out.
Last week: Lost to Georgia 42-30. Tebow's Shoulder Bruise Game. Hometown Hero: Anyone see Major Wright's (St. Thomas Aquinas) marshallow fist, a white boxing glove of gauze bandaging to protect his broken thumb? He still managed to record a solo tackle on special teams. Dorian Munroe (Miami Coral Reef) subbed for Wright at free safety and had two tackles. Next week: Vanderbilt at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (12:30 p.m.) Prediction: Florida 33, Vandy 30. What needs to happen for Florida to reach Atlanta? Win out; two Georgia losses; Tennessee loss.
South Carolina (3-3)
Last week: Just when you thought Spurrier was going to help out his old Gators, South Carolina lost to Tennessee 27-24 (OT). One That Got Away: Sophomore strong safety Emanuel Cook (Palm Beach Gardens) had 10 tackles, including one for a loss. Next week: South Carolina at Razorback Stadium (2 p.m.). Prediction: Arkansas 24, South Carolina 21. What needs to happen for South Carolina to reach Atlanta? Win out; two Tennessee losses.
Last week: Lost to Mississippi State 31-14. Get'n lucky in Kentucky no longer. Kentucky had six turnovers. One That Got Away: Sophomore defensive end Jamil Paris (Sebastian River) forced a fumble in the fourth quarter. Next week: Bye. What needs to happen for Kentucky to reach Atlanta? Win out; Florida loss; South Carolina loss.