And even ESPN knows it, as Gameday makes a rare SEC appearance. It makes sense though, as there is not another conference in college football even near the SEC in terms of talent and depth of that talent this season. Today is all about the SEC.
Three big time match-ups today…a CBS doubleheader and an ESPN game under the lights. In these three games, we come closer to finding out who gets to play the Ohio State Buckeyes for the National Title. Or, we get one year closer to a playoff system in college football.
At noon, CBS kicks things off with an SEC East clash between the Arkansas Razorbacks and Auburn Tigers. Absolutely huge game for the Razorbacks. That’s a legitimate lock, no 4-8 record there, the Razorbacks have not played a game this important since 2003. They have a running back in Darren McFadden who has been averaging 5.6 yards per carry in the early going. Of course, on the other side of the ball, you have a running back that is thought of as one of the best in the Nation in Kenny Irons…and the rest of the number two ranked Auburn Tigers.
When 3:30 comes around, CBS takes you down to the Swamp. Undefeated Florida takes on one loss LSU…and that one LSU loss? Happened to be against the Auburn Tigers. Through five games, JaMarcus Russell has thrown for over 1200 yards with70% completion ratio as well as 10 TDs to 1 INT. The only problem for Russell? None of those 10 TDs came against the Auburn Tigers. If LSU wins this game, they stay in the hunt for a Major Bowl and because everyone in this league will likely take a knock at some point, the SEC crown.
Under the lights tonight, the undefeated, but, eh, not so sure how good they actually are, Georgia Bulldogs host the one loss Tennessee Volunteers. The road team has won this contest the last three seasons, but if the Georgia Bulldogs want to be taken seriously on a National level, this is a game where they are going to have to change that.
Today is all about the SEC, but elsewhere in the country…the RedRiver shootout is at 3:30 between Oklahoma and Texas. Oregon and Cal play under the lights on ABC offering the Pac-10 a bit more exposure. Can the Michigan State Spartans rebound from the Notre Dame and Illinois losses to knock off Michigan in the Big House? Best thing about that game is the level of trash Drew Stanton is talking. Apparently, Drew spent the week saying that the Big House is the quietest 110k around (true) and that his family refers to UM as puke. So, uh, bulletin board material much?