It’s time to give out the winners for the final full-week of SEC action. And in this season of gratitude I get the impression that most of you are thankful that you won’t have to endure my picks much longer.
Arkansas -14 vs. Missouri
Arkansas versus Missouri is known as the Battle Line Rivalry. If all the rivalries in the SEC were ranked, this one would finish as “also receiving votes” because nothing says “intense SEC rivalry” more than a game played on a Friday afternoon.
Kentucky +5.5 vs. Louisville
These two teams play for a trophy known as the Governor’s Cup, which is appropriate considering that Kentucky coach Mark Stoops has been paid $3.6 million this year for only producing five wins. That’s the kind of wasteful spending that only a politician could love.
UGA vs. Georgia Tech under 48
This game is known as “Clean Old-Fashioned Hate,” but since neither team has any hope of completing a forward pass, what the fans really “hate” is how “old-fashioned” the offenses look.
Clemson -17 at South Carolina
An in-state foe proves to be too much for the Gamecocks. That was supposed to be the story after this week’s game, but it turned out to be the headline after South Carolina lost last week to the Citadel. It goes without saying that if you can’t beat The Citadel you want no part of The Clemson.
Alabama -14.5 at Auburn
Believe it or not I’m actually old enough to remember when department stores weren’t open on Thanksgiving, when Christmas decorations didn’t come out until December, and when Gus Malzahn was still thought of as an offensive genius.
Vanderbilt +17 at Tennessee
Vanderbilt is hoping a fifth win will be enough to qualify for a bowl. Tennessee is hoping an eigth win will be enough to satisfy a restless fan base. Neither seems likely.
Ole Miss -1 at Mississippi State
It’s the rivalry known as “The Egg Bowl,” and frankly it would seem a lot more prestigious if these two teams hadn’t laid so many eggs this season.
LSU -5.5 vs. Texas A&M
The thing that was supposed to make this game interesting was Aggies defensive coordinator John Chavis returning to LSU where he used to coach. Instead what has turned out to be the No. 1 storyline, if you believe reports, Les Miles apparently also “used to coach at LSU.” The Tigers boosters want to find someone that can beat Nick Saban. They’d have a better chance of finding Santa Claus.
Florida +2.5 vs. Florida State
It’s Black Friday and many shoppers are out looking for deals up to 50 percent off. And speaking of things that have recently been reduced by about 50 percent, how about the Gators Playoff chances?