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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Alabama playing to save history against LSU

The Guilbeau Poll

1.ALABAMA (8-0, 5-0 SEC) – If Alabama loses to LSU, one of the most impressive streaks in the history of SEC football will be jeopardy. The Crimson Tide has won at least one SEC football championship in every decade since the league's inception in 1933. If it loses to LSU, LSU will have the head-to-head tiebreaker with two games remaining. This is the last year of the current decade. Alabama, which has won 21 SEC titles won at least one in the 1930s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s.

2.FLORIDA (8-0, 6-0) – With Florida coach Urban Meyer getting fined $30,000 for criticizing officials by the SEC, who's going to bail the Gators out of jail this weekend?

3.LSU (7-1, 4-1 SEC) – If Jordan Jefferson can pull a JaMarcus Russell (the college version) or a Matt Flynn (also the college version), LSU could win in Tuscaloosa and make Miles the man again.

4. AUBURN (6-3, 3-3 SEC) - Ranking the bottom nine of this league is like ranking the ACC.

5. TENNESSEE (4-4, 2-3 SEC) - Just when you thought Lane Kiffin was going to get fined, Florida's Meyer beat him again.

6. GEORGIA (4-3, 3-2 SEC) - The Bulldogs could be looking at their first season with less than eight wins since 1996. But first they must look at a Tennessee Tech team (5-3) that has a better record than they do.

7. SOUTH CAROLINA (6-3, 3-3) - Steve Spurrier sure misses Phillip Fulmer.

8. OLE MISS (5-3, 2-3) - The Rebels allowed 23 points in the third quarter at Auburn. In no previous game this season, had they given up that much in four quarters.

9. ARKANSAS (4-4, 1-4) - Razorback Security better make sure Spurrier doesn't kidnap Hog quarterback Ryan Mallett. Spurrier hasn't seen a quarterback since he had Rex Grossman.

10. MISSISSIPPI STATE (4-5, 2-3) - Old habits die hard. State beat Kentucky 31-24 last week, but the weekly SEC release has State losing to Kentucky on the schedule/results page.

11. KENTUCKY (4-4, 1-4) - The Wildcats allowed 252 yards rushing to State tailback Anthony Dixon.

12. VANDERBILT (2-7, 0-5) - There will be no bowl this year.


No. 9 LSU at No. 3 Alabama, 2:30 p.m., CBS - This is definitely not sweeps weekend for the new SEC television contracts. Wake up to South Carolina at Arkansas, then watch this one and call it a day. Look for an early bad call against the Crimson Tide. The SEC office got Florida out of the way early on Friday with a fine of coach Urban Meyer. Now if it pops Alabama for something, nobody can say the league wants a Bama-Gator SEC Championship Game, right? LSU has the talent, and Les Miles has the big-game coaching prowess to pull a classic upset.


South Carolina at Arkansas, 11:21 a.m., SEC Network.

Tennessee Tech (5-3) at Georgia, noon, ESPN GamePlan.

Eastern Kentucky (5-3) at Kentucky, noon, ESPN GamePlan.

Furman (4-4) at Auburn, 12:30 p.m., ESPN GamePlan.

Memphis (2-6) at Tennessee, 6 p.m., ESPNU.

Vanderbilt at No. 1 Florida, 6:15 p.m., ESPN2.

Northern Arizona (5-3) at Ole Miss, ESPN GamePlan.


Auburn 33, ole Miss 20

Florida 41, Georgia 17

Arkansas 63, Eastern Michigan 27

Mississippi State 31, Kentucky 24

Georgia Tech 56, Vanderbilt 31

Tennessee 31, South Carolina 13

LSU 42, Tulane 0


OFFENSE - Mississippi State TB Antony Dixon, who gained a school record 252 yards.

DEFENSE - Auburn DB Walt McFadden, who intercepted two passes and made five tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS - Florida K Caleb Sturgis made 56- and 44-yard field goals.


SEC COPS STRIKE AGAIN: On Friday, the SEC office made history by fining Florida coach Urban Meyer $30,000 for his public comments concerning officiating, Commissioner Mike Slive announced.

The SEC has never fined coaches for criticizing officials.

"Coach Meyer has violated the Southeastern Conference Code of Ethics,” Slive said. “SEC Bylaw 10.5.4 clearly states that the coaches, players and support personnel shall refrain from public criticism of officials. The league’s Athletics Directors and Presidents and Chancellors have made it clear that negative public comments on officiating are not acceptable.”

The SEC warned in recent weeks that fines could possibly be coming. The league office previously reprimanded Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen for criticizing officials.


The number of SEC coaches reprimanded and/or fined by the league office this season is gaining on the number of present and/or former SEC coaches in the movie "The Blind Side." The movie leads so far, 5-4.


"I would like to apologize to my team and the coaching staff and Washaun Ealey. Football is a very physical and emotional game, but there is no excuse for my actions."

- Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes' written apology about trying to gouge at Ealey's eyes after a play last week. Spikes was suspended for the first half of Florida's game against Vanderbilt, but he said later he would not play at all in the game so as not to be a distraction.

- Compiled by Glenn Guilbeau with other SEC writers.


Anonymous Zach said...

I'm sure glad we could take care of the championship for this decade for you.

11:27 AM  

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