Blog Poll Round Table: After the Darkness
There's a Blog Poll going around and I figure Dante ought to throw his 2 cents in.
1. Its only the third week of the season and we've already seen some highly ranked favorites drop out of national championship contention. Preseason favorite Cal dropped to #21 after a loss and a pair of underwhelming victories. Who's your pick as the next NC contender to take a fall?
Florida. Florida plays LSU, Auburn, and Georgia consecutively this year and that run starta in two weeks. They do get a bye before Georgia but even so, this is absolutely brutal. Add to the this to the fact that Meyer's spread formation had some success in Tennesse (on a very limited basis) so he'll be cocky enough to try and use it again when he really shouldn't.
2. By that same token there are several schools hanging around without a loss that all of a sudden look like surprise contenders. There are also a few one loss teams with a legit shot at getting back into it. Looking at the rankings who's the team no one's talking about with the best shot at crashing the party ?
They certainly won't get a national title shot, but there's a good chance TCU will end the season as the only undefeated or maybe as 1 of 2. They only play one ranked opponent and they already won that one. The rest of the schedule is a who's who of mediocre mid-major teams.
3. Every team has their quicksand away game. You know. That place you should win but somehow find ways to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory or at least scare the &*%^ out of you every year. Did you know that over the last 21 years Kentucky wasn't won once in Knoxville? Where is your team's yearly sandtrap?
Of course it's Jacksonville. Usually my conversation with people on why I don't even go to the game anymore goes something like this:
Other Guy: "So are you going to Jacksonville this year?" (Of course this question doesn't need to be qualified with "for the Georgia Florida game" because there's no other reason a well-balanced person goes to Jacksonville.)
Me: "No. If I want to watch Georgia not play, I can do that for free and without a 6 hour car trip. I'm watching them not play RIGHT NOW! Look! Is that Quincy fumbling the ball on the 2 yard line?" (Other Guy turns around to look and I run off into the sunset.)
4. Now that you've looked into the darkest place in your football soul, free Escalades aside, turn and look into your crystal ball. Conference play is either just starting or a single game in. Based on what you've seen so far, give the order of finish in your conference, and if you've got a Conference Championship game tell us who the winner will be. Independents must predict the remainder of their schedule. The results your predictions will be held against you at the end of the season.
1. Georgia (1 SEC loss to FL)
2. Florida (2 SEC losses Aub and LSU)
3. Tennessee (2 SEC loss to UGA and FL)
4. South Carolina
5. Ole Miss
6. There is no 6th SEC West team.
SEC Title Game
UGA over Auburn. I just can't believe Auburn will run well against Georgia's defense.
5. In keeping with the spirit of Maize n Brew, name your beverage of choice on game days and why. It need not be alcoholic, as there are some of us who choose not to imbibe on game day. Further, it need not be limited to a single brand/type/category. If you enjoy drinking PBR and Kraft Turkey Gravy at the same time (which I have personally witnessed), please, elaborate. Finally, if you should feel so inclined, and this is not a requirement, add an anecdote involving said beverage choice.
Beer. More specifically, Coors Light or the almighty Coors Original if it's an early kickoff.
In our dormatories in college, we got pretty belligerent about smuggling beer in. The RAs didn't have much of an ability to search you if you didn't want them to so we used to stuff 12ers of Coors under our t-shirts and walk nonchalantly into the dormatory. One time, the girl working the door questioned me as to what I had under my shirt but backed off after I angrily accused her of calling me fat.