Then I said unto them, “What is the high place where to ye go?” And the name thereof is called BAMA unto this day.
–Ezekiel 20: 29 as interpreted by Donnie “The Biggest Football Fan in the Tri-County Area” Ingram
For ease of hate, we’re just going to pretend every Bama fan acts and thinks this way. “Bama will win just because we’re Bama. We’re the Crimson Tide. Everybody wants to be Alabama.” HATE HATE HATE HATE
Week 12: Alabama dominated Georgia State in a meaningless 63-7 game played on a Thursday night in Tuscaloosa. I watched the first several minutes of the game but turned it off because it was a total laugher. The starters accounted for more than half (245) of the modest 478 offensive yards. Despite some obvious defensive pass-interference no-calls, Georgia State managed only 165 yards. Not much to learn from this game other than Saban and his minions had plenty of time to prepare for the Iron Bowl.
Worry Level: We’re coming, and Cam’s coming with us.
SEC Championship: South Carolina Rarely am I impressed with what a team does in a 69-24 rout against an inferior opponent, but Troy is no slouch. The score for the SC starters was 56-7; the score for the SC backups was 13-17. Now they have to go on the road to play a tough Clemson team in a big rivalry game.
Worry Level: Up slightly.
Oregon was off. This Friday they are home against a ranked Arizona team.
TCU was also off. This week they play one of the worst teams in the nation, New Mexico .
Boise St. put a whooping on Fresno State in Boise, but Fresno’s QB gave them no shot at winning. This week is something entirely different. They face a very good Nevada team in Reno. Boise could struggle and lose this game. It’s their last real chance to lose before bowl season.
Arkansas St. (4-7) got beat by Navy 35-19 ending any hopes of a bowl game.
Mississippi St. (7-4) lost their 2nd in a row in heartbreaking fashion. Arkansas fumbled the ball away at the end of the game, but State looked confused running the hurry up. 1st and 10: rush for a loss of 2. 2nd and 12: rush for gain of 2. 3rd and 10: QB scramble for 8. 4th down: hurried the kicker onto the field for the tying field goal. The Bulldogs turned it over in the first OT and fail to score in the 2OT, losing to Arkansas 38-31.
Clemson (6-5) got bowl eligible this week with a 30-10 win over Wake Forest. The Tigers now host South Carolina in their annual rivalry game.
South Carolina (8-3) beat Troy 69-24 in impressive fashion.
Louisiana Monroe (5-6) beat North Texas this week 49-37 and now travels to Louisiana Lafayette to try to get bowl eligible.
Kentucky (6-5) was off this week. They play Tennessee this week to try to spoil the Vols’ hopes to get to a bowl game and end their 25-game losing streak to the Vols.
Arkansas (9-2) beat a strong Mississippi State team in Starkville in a crazy double overtime finish. The Hogs had the ball up by 3 with little time to go, but running back Knile Davis fumbled as they tried to run the clock out and Mississippi St. was able to get a field goal to take it to overtime. The Bulldog’s running back Ballard returned the favor by fumbling the ball into the endzone for a touchback, but Arkansas couldn’t take advantage and missed the easy field goal for the win. In the second OT, Mallett hit the Davis in the middle of the field for an easy TD and the defense held State. Hogs win 38-31. This week they host LSU for a shot to get to a BCS game.
LSU (10-1) struggled with an inspired Ole Miss team in Baton Rouge, but still put the Rebels away 43-36. They have to travel to Arkansas this week and I don’t think their luck continues.
Ole Miss (4-5) lost a tough one to LSU 43-36. The Rebels took the lead by 1 with less than 5 minutes to go in the game, but a crucial (and silly, should’ve-been no-call) unsportsmanlike penalty had the Rebels kicking from the 15 which gave LSU great field position to drive the field and score a TD with 44 seconds left.
UT Chatanooga (6-5) was eliminated from playoff contention with a 45-14 loss on the road to Wofford.
Georgia (5-6) was off this week and will try to get bowl eligible against Georgia Tech this weekend.
THE OVERALL PICTURE
It’s Iron Bowl week ladies and gentleman. And despite popular rumor Cam Newton is eligible and will play. I saw Coach Chizik in church Sunday and I told him we have already met the goals I really wanted, everything past this point is just gravy. We have won 11 games (I thought 10), and we are (very likely) going to a BCS game. What more could an Auburn fan want? Well, to beat Bama, win the SEC and beat the snot out of that over-rated team out west for a national title, that’s what! Right now, this week, I could care less about all that other stuff. I’ll worry about that on Saturday. Until then: BEAT BAMA