Counting our blessings while getting ready for "seconds" of Aunt Sherry's tasty twice-baked potatoes, the Journal still found time to pick this week's football games. First, the stats from last week: 4-2 in the SEC, 6-2 overall. For the season: 63-26 in the SEC (71%). 80-52 overall (61%).
Ole Miss (8-3) at Mississippi State (2-9) - The Egg Bowl will be the Egg Blow-out. Ole Miss 42, Mississippi State 7
Arkansas (8-3) at LSU (10-1) - Needing this win to clinch the SEC West and a trip to the Championship Game in Atlanta, the Bengal Tigers and their dynamite defense will again deliver a knockout blow. LSU 31, Arkansas 17
Tennessee (9-2) at Georgia Tech (6-5) - Another 10-win season for the Vols is there for the taking. If they can handle the Ramblin' Wreck in Atlanta. The Journal says they can. Tennessee 27, Georgia Tech 20
Florida State (9-2) at Florida (8-3) - The Seminoles are still smarting from losing to Tommy Bowden's Clemson Tigers. The Gators will get FSU's best, and that should be enough. Florida State 28, Florida 24
Alabama (4-8) at Hawaii (7-4) - Can the Crimson Tide get up for this game after losing the Iron Bowl then having to fly to the Islands? If Mike Shula is a good motivator, they can. Alabama 31, Hawaii 24
Tuskegee (5-5) at Alabama State (7-4) - If you've never been to the Turkey Day Classic, you need to treat yourself to the pageantry and intensity. The Golden Tigers have spoiled ASU's homecoming 4 straight years (and 6 times in Rick Comegy's 7 years at Tuskegee), but this year, the Hornets are the more talented team. With both teams equally motivated, talent wins out. Alabama State 28, Tuskegee 21
One final comment before I help myself to those "taters."
It's hard to imagine Auburn handling this whole coaching fiasco any worse. Tommy Tuberville, always a class act in his 5 years on the plains, deserves better than what he's gotten from Auburn. If you want to fire a coach who graduates his players, gives NCAA investigators no reason to come calling, and wins his "must win" game 3 times in 4 years, go ahead. But at least be truthful with him.