Ah, the wondrous SEC East. A few months back here is how we saw it unfolding come Holiday Season in 2008:
And here's how it really came out:
Although The Big Red Board.com's season game predictions came out to .732, we really blew it when it came to the bottom four in the SEC East. We never would have guessed that Tennessee could have fallen so low even though we knew that this would be Coach Phil Fulmer's last year at the helm in Knoxville. That UCLA loss looks to be a little more prophetic than originally thought.
Kentucky? While we weren't expecting a National Championship out of you we did expect better. You did great early on, but your conference record had little to be desired. In fact, had it not been for the allowed holding in your comeback victory drive against the Hogs, you might have finished the season without bowl eligibility. Rich Brooks is a very likable man though - we will let you slide.
What can we say about Vanderbilt? You Commodores started the season off red hot...... what happened? Was it a lack of talent with great early season motivation? Was it great talent with a lack of late season enthusiasm? Was the loss at Mississippi State really enough to completely "brake" your spirits? What did the 2008 Commodores have in common with this paragraph? All questions.
Not bad South Carolina, not bad at all. Spurrier did exactly what he should have done - made you better as the season progressed. Granted, the loss to Clemson was a downer at the end of the season, but the Gamecocks turned a few heads despite the 7 - 5 record, and in light of the fact that the team did exactly what they should have done - won the games that they were supposed to win and lost the games that they were supposed to lose.
Mark Richt makes every non-hater like the Georgia Bulldogs. Maybe that's why they were the popular pick for #1 and a National Championship during the pre-season. We said that the "World's Largest Cocktail Party" would be a problem for Georgia, but we (like most) did not see Alabama being the whirlwind that it turned out to be. But, Georgia, what happened against Georgia Tech? That put a stinger on the season, but it did land you in Orlando for the New Year's. Have fun, and show that Big Ten what the SEC is all about.
WOW!!! We all knew that Florida would be great as usual, but who outside of the Gainsville homers knew that it would be this dominant late in August? Way to go, Gators. Through out the attempt to stat pad Tebow which led to the Ole Miss loss and your regular season victories came out to a more than impressive 37 points per game. Great job in the SEC Championship game. Good luck in the National Championship game. You make yourselves, your fans, the SEC, and all of us proud.
Good luck to all of you in your bowl games and the future. Everyone travel safely.
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