The countdown has begun and I do believe the SEC champ will have an automatic entrance in the final four.
I will also give a rat poison status to each team's dynamic. Rat poison can help... last week was an example. The longer Texas A&M stayed in the game.... the more their momentum grew- and playing closer than the poison purveyors said it would actually will make them tougher going forward.
ALABAMA- Current favorite and should have low levels of rat poisoning (for now). I was talking with longtime friend, Tom Brakefield last Friday night and we both agreed that Alabama was in for a test at Kyle Field. The last two blow away wins just can't help a team as far as player and fan expectations are concerned.
The key for Coach Saban was to try and prepare his team for that and SURVIVE the dose of reality that ALL travel games in the SEC mean.
I was pleased with Alabama's performance... the defense is getting better and better and having Isaiah Buggs show up on the defensive line was a bonus. The final clock killing drive under pressure was a good growth opportunity for this year's version of the team.
Calvin Ridley needs to stay healthy for this team to peak.
Arkansas- Team will need to come out fast and fiery... no more injuries
Tennessee- Team will need to come out fast and fiery... no more injuries
OPEN DATE WILL BE BENEFICIAL
LSU- time to prepare for Matt Canada's shifts and motions will be helpful
at MISS STATE- this is the trap game..... this one will take more to win than anyone realizes unless Fitzgerald is hurt
Mercer- will probably be a sloppy game
at Auburn- will be a great game- some of this is if West is still up for play or not. The AU QB does not have the mobility to hurt Alabama- will have to be low scoring for Tigers to have a chance. Alabama does not want it to be a FG game.
One more prediction about Alabama- watch for designed QB runs at the end of season in big games. Alabama has not called many but will roll the dice as Tua gets better as a playmaking back-up. Turning Hurts loose as a runner will make him the Cam Newton of this year's SEC teams and I do think he will run Alabama to the SEC title.
GEORGIA- Current East favorite.
Georgia is riding high- a huge win at Notre Dame and running roughshod over UT has them energized. This is a solid team... good defense and efficient offense. This is a team that is pressurized, but is built to win close games.
RAT POISON STATUS OF GEORGIA- if Georgia beats Auburn on the road on 11/11- their next TWO games AFTER THAT could result in deadly levels rat poison ..... look out for both Kentucky and Georgia Tech in that scenario.
AUBURN- Legitimate SEC and Playoff Contender.
Auburn's defense is super good and they have a FG kicker that is the best around. That is always a good advantage going into any game.
I'm still not sold on Auburn's offense. What makes the Mahlzahn offense almost impossible to stop is the danger of a running QB... when he has one who can run and throw even a little bit, it is a nightmare.
It might help to get Pettway back.... but I don't see Auburn's offense scoring more than 17 points on LSU, Georgia, or Alabama.
RAT POISON STATUS OF AUBURN- it is high this week. but if Auburn beats LSU, look out at Arkansas... (you heard it here 1st)- and if I were an Auburn fan, I would be more concerned about the game at Kyle field vs Texas A&M MORE than the home game against Georgia.
THE SEC TRIANGLE AT THE TOP
The Georgia, Auburn, Alabama triangle is interesting to me. How do things need to go to get two in the final 4? It will be hard..... I see a scenario where Alabama loses a close one to either team and is still given a 4th spot. I don't think Georgia or Auburn gets in with such a loss- but a 1 loss team could get caught on the outside looking in because the league is down.... suffering from a lot of rat poison.
But we all will be watching.... because you never know.......