We have now come to a critical point in our season. We are at 4-2 on the year and looking to go bowling yet again. To do that we have to pick more wins. We should have little problem with UMass down the road but first we need to secure every win possible to reach higher level bowl match-ups. We owe a team something from last year so we need everyone to pack out Davis-Wade Saturday and just go DAWG Crazy! It is Homecoming and I look forward to spending time with lots of people and relish the days gone by as well as the days to come. I did stop and visit the Function at the Junction tent again Saturday. Candy (sweet as her name) was a gracious host as I spent some early time talking with her and her husband. I had to buy another set of tickets because I threw my bags into my truck after school Friday and lit out for StarkVegas like scalded cat. About an hour from the house it suddenly hit me....THE TICKETS! I thought about turning around and going back but then said...nah...I’ll just buy some more and I did. I ended up sitting in section 6 alongside a really nice couple from Hattiesburg. The Mrs. was DAWG Crazy cheering, singing and clapping at every opportunity. Her husband is an alumnus of State but married a Golden Eagle grad before he converted her and saved her from a life of nothingness.
Last week was my worst yet at predicting as I went 3-3 (49 - 17 overall). If I was still a betting man as I was my senior year I would be doing well but I don’t bet any longer and don’t miss it, right Steve C? Several “toss-up” games this week so here we go...........
Idaho @ Missouri — The Vandals come into the game at 2-4 with wins over South Alabama (terrible this year) and Sacramento? Missouri isn’t much better at 1-5 (0-4). The Tigers can score with just about anyone but on the flip side they would have more success at keeping water in a burlap bag than keeping teams out of their end zone. Coach Barry Odom has tried every kind of patch possible even ordering a double supply of Flex-Tape without any success. Old Mizzou is on a five game losing streak and if they have any dream of enjoying a winning streak it must happen the next two weeks. Vandals always try to steal what is valuable but I don’t think they will find Odom’s Tigers looking the other way in broad daylight.
T-DAWG’s Winner — Missouri 37 - 31
Tennessee @ Alabama — Butch Jones has told his Volunteers about every fairy-tale they could be, told them more than once. Make no mistake, Tennessee does have some talent but getting them motivated has about become impossible. Coach Saban just about worked all the rat poison out of the Crimson Tide running down Hogs last week and now with a bunch of used up scraggly hounds sneaking up at the back door he has a scalding, hot Crimson Tide ready to throw out onto Ole’ Smokey to send him running for the hills while Saban’s boys lean back to enjoy their “stogies” again this year. If Butch and his band of Volunteers can’t hang with the Tide then this may be his last rodeo.
T-DAWG’s Winner — Alabama 44 - 6
LSU @ TSUN — Coach Orgeron returns to his hall of horrors with a different team than he sank with a decade ago. In fact he brings in a team that seems different than it did even three weeks ago. Now there is one sure thing you can say about a wounded animal, be careful because they will bite in a flash. The Black Bears have mortal wounds that are yet to even be fully diagnosed so they have nothing to lose. Coach Luke’s boys haven’t had the ability to even slow down a running back long enough to get his jersey number but they have found a way to throw it coast to coast and back a few times already. If the Blue and Red can just keep them off of Shea Patterson a little bit and find some shred of defense then this game will be really interesting maybe even go OT. TSUN cost me last week and I am almost to the point of (heaven help me) taking the Webels this week but Vanderbilt isn’t LSU.
T-DAWG’s Winner — LSU 44 - 37
Auburn @ Arkansas — I wish someone could explain to me why in the heck you have a quarterback that has begun to show the talent many said he had when he transferred to Auburn yet his coach puts handcuffs on him by giving orders for him NOT TO audible any play? Ridiculous, but hello Gus. This Auburn team is dangerous and can do a lot of things and play some pretty stout defense when Gus gets out of the way. If he loses two or three more that will happen. Coach Bielema has about run his course and may be caught in the slaughter house with his porker friends if he doesn’t find a way to steal some games fast. The Tigers should be pissed after the debacle in Death Valley and ready to hang meat in Fayetteville Saturday night but a lot of strange things happen at night in the land that time forgot. I know what should be but I actually believe this is a real toss-up with the final outcome in doubt until the closing bell.
T-DAWG’s Winner — Auburn 38 - 34
Kentucky @ Mississippi State — Coach Stoops brings his bluegrass boys to StarkVegas after relaxing a week and watching their SEC East rivals bloody each other. The Wildcats have been more like the Mildcats in slipping by their inadequate foes five times this year. Their only loss came to Florida when they took a timeout but still forgot to put 11 men on the field thus letting the Gators receiver walk into the end zone for the win. If either team has strong holiday ideas for where they would like to be for New Year’s then a win here is important. Stoops has called ahead and ordered trays of KFC for the celebration of becoming bowl eligible on State’s homecoming but apparently he didn’t check the weather forecast. There will be NO rain on this homecoming. I hope they can reheat the yard-bird the next Saturday in Lexington when Tenosee crawls into town.
T-DAWG’s Winner — Mississippi State - 35 - 20
Get your bags packed and meet me at the junction Saturday morning. I will be looking for you. Be loud, Be proud and CLANGA CLANGA FOREVER!!