"Hey Steve, you wouldn't happen to need a coordinator, would you?"
That's a good question, Phil, unfortunately we do not have the answer for you. We did have all of the answers in Week Eleven though, as The Big Red Board had one of its best weeks finishing 6 - 0 at 7.7 points per game (59 - 19 [.756] and 12.9 ppg. on the season). Enough boasting on mediocrity, we will leave that up to... well, nevermind. Let's hit big, bad Week Twelve.
All games are November 16th:
Mississippi State at Alabama (6:45 p.m. CT / ESPN) - The SEC's (and the Nation's) best hosting the SEC's worst; this should almost be illegal. Saban and Co. should have little trouble disposing of Mississippi State, that's the obvious. The unobvious is that Alabama is susceptible for a letdown as they look forward to an easier slide over their last two games even though that last team is Iron Bowl combatant Auburn. The Tide's talent on a bad day (if they have one) will still be too much for the Bulldogs - Bama by 17.
Georgia at Auburn (11:30 a.m. CT / Raycom) - Georgia is still tough despite a setback against Florida and a tussle til the end at Kentucky. Auburn did not find much to hang its hat on in the win against Tennessee - Martin last week. Since a BCS Bowl is a very distant hope for the Bulldogs, Georgia will audition for the best bowl bid possible. On the other hand, Tommy Tuberville is auditioning for the Tennessee job. Georgia will earn a better shot at the lead part by 22.
South Carolina at Florida (3:30 p.m. ET / CBS) - Our SEC Game of the Week pits in-conference 4 - 3 South Carolina travelling to SEC East leader and 6 - 1 Florida. While the Gamecocks started the season off rocky, they have won six out of their last seven overall and thus come into the game with momentum. The downside to that momentum is that the six wins have come against Wofford, UAB, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas - none of which are cream of the crop. Florida, on the other hand, has mowed through everyone with the exception of one little hiccup while hosting Ole Miss. You know what is good for hiccups? Paper bags. South Carolina will use a lot of paper bags on the flight home. Gators by 27.
Vanderbilt at Kentucky (8 p.m. ET / ESPN2) - Commodores and Wildcats - sounds exciting. Well, it should at least be a competitive game. Vanderbilt started the season hot and even earned a National ranking. Kentucky started of the season pretty well and, with the exception of the Florida game, has "been in" all of their losses averaging 4.7 points per loss against South Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama - not bad. The question for this Saturday is which versions of both teams take the field. Unbiased fans of college football could find this as an exciting game to just sit and watch. They will watch a Commodore victory though - Vandy by 8.
Louisiana-Monroe at Ole Miss (1 p.m. CT) - The only bad thing about this game is that Ole Miss had to waste a bye week on it. But maybe there is more than one bad thing to this game. Louisiana-Monroe has been known to sneak up and beat teams that they should not, including an SEC team, despite the Warhawks having sub-par seasons. Nutt and his bunch will have done everything that they can to prepare the Rebels so that this does not happen despite LSU on the horizon. Rebels hold strong by 18.
Troy at LSU (7 p.m. CT) - First Tulane and now Troy this week to "sandwich" the Alabama game - how do the Tigers get such great late-season scheduling? That does not matter; the SEC is tough and no one should blame any of this conference's team for scheduling some rent-a-wins no matter what the juncture of the season. Troy is one of these teams that is capable of an upset, but LSU is too good, too smart, and too fond of their home stadium to fall apart on this one. Tigers over the Trojans by 20.
Arkansas had to allow Wal~Mart to use its facilities for a Toby Keith concert, and Tennessee's players are going from grocery store to grocery store in search of boxes for Coach Fulmer.
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