28 November 2008
We hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. It's been a busy week for all of us, and likely for you as well, so here's your final list of things you need to know going into Saturday:
Alabama is healthy. Both Roy Upchurch and Earl Alexander practiced all week and should be ready to go.After missing Roy for the last two games and Alexander for the last one, the Tide will be at full strength for the game on Saturday. The off week couldn't have come at a better time.
Coach Saban mentioned that Terrence Cody looks healthy for the first time in weeks, and is back to the "Old Cody." This spells bad news for the Auburn offense that should now see the middle of the line of scrimmage taken away from them.
Auburn still sucks. The last time that the Tigers beat a team that plays in the Football Bowl Subdivision was September 29 when they out lasted Tennessee 14-12. Tennessee-Martin is the last team that they actually beat, but those guys play in the Football Championship Subdivision. In case you're counting, that's five in a row against former Division 1A teams.
The interesting note from the week came from Coach Saban on Wednesday when he told the media that transfer Colin Peek would be eligible for the bowl game. There's no guarantee that Peek would play, but given what we saw from him on A-Day, he could become a weapon that no one has had the opportunity to scout.
Coach Saban's policy for Thanksgiving Day was the same this season as it was last - anyone who lives within two hours was free to go home, but everyone was invited to the Saban's house for Thanksgiving dinner. Feeding Terrence Cody? Wow.
Let's all be thankful that the SEC is not in the huge mess that is the Big 12 South. If Oklahoma State upsets Oklahoma, then Texas Tech will play for the Big 12 title. If Baylor upsets Texas Tech, then Texas will play for the Big 12 title. If both Oklahoma and Texas Tech win (Texas already beat Texas A&M), then the BCS rankings will determine who plays. Texas has the lead right now, but lots of folks seem to think that an Oklahoma win at OSU would be enough to see them jump the team that beat them. Isn't it nice to know that Alabama and Florida will play next Saturday regardless of the outcome of this weekend?
I think Les Miles officially took the lead in the "dumbest coach in America" race today. Sure, hail mary passes are rare, but so are 63 yard field goals into a 20 mile an hour wind. I would imagine that LSU fans watched in stunned disbelief when Colt David was sent onto the field to close out LSU fifth loss of the season.
That's pretty much all... except that Auburn still sucks. I know I said that once already, but it's worth repeating.