Published September 16, 2011 - 6:23pm
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I’m enjoying a Sam Adam’s Octoberfest as I plan out my Saturday schedule. While last weekend was sort of “SEC Weekend,” this weekend could be labeled “ACC Weekend.” Florida State has the opportunity to knock off the #1 team in the country, Clemson gets a chance to knock off the team with the longest win streak in the nation and Miami plays Ohio State (which ten years ago would have been cool).
The SEC weekend got underway with a big hitting defensive showdown between LSU and MSU on Thursday night. I think I’m still sore from this game and I never got off the couch.
Man, that LSU defense is sick. The Alabama / LSU game later in the year might be the greatest defensive game in the history of college football. I’m anticipating a 3-2 score like the Auburn / Mississippi State game a few years ago. Normally a 3-2 football game is about as bad as watching a WNBA game; oddly, such a game between LSU and Alabama might actually be entertaining. Emphasis on the “might” part.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Auburn-Clemson game might be an absolute shootout. Both teams are mediocre on defense and have some good playmakers on offense. For some odd reason, Clemson pulls the best running back out of the state of Florida it seems every year. This is a big game for both teams, Clemson who is looking for a signature win (and really doesn’t have one since Dabo took over) and Auburn because nobody really expected much from this year and a 3-0 start would be very good. As always, anything SEC vs ACC is fun as well.
The game I’m looking forward to the most of course is Florida-Tennessee. It is very tough to have a reading on either team at this point, and that is what this game will really give us: a feel for how good (or bad) both team is. Both teams are hopefully after bad 2010 campaigns, hopeful that the team is on the clear path back to getting to Atlanta.
The marquee matchup Saturday night is Oklahoma-Florida State. #1 vs #5. This game definitely has national title implications, so if you expect your team to be in the running, this will be a good game to watch.
Last night, I was sitting at a bar watching the LSU-MSU game with a few other guys that went to various SEC schools. Naturally, a conversation broke out about SEC superlatives.
What’s the craziest place to see a game?
Consensus pick: LSU.
Who has the most impressive stadium?
Consensus pick: Alabama.
Most obnoxious fans?
Everyone had a different opinion on this one. Best reason given from the group came from the fella who nominated Georgia. He told a story about being in Athens and having full beers chucked at him from a group of Georgia fans. I also submitted a story about watching some LSU fans essentially cuss out a grandma from the visiting team. Awesome.
Toughest girls to talk to?
Consensus pick: Ole Miss. Second place: Georgia.
Speaking of Ole Miss, tomorrow could be the beginning of the end for Houston Nutt if they lose to Vanderbilt. Yes, I know everyone is high on Vandy right now, but they are still Vandy.
Why do fans wear vulgar shirts to football games? Instead of “West F#$#!g Virginia” the shirt may as well say “I’m an idiot.” The only thing worse than shirts that are made just for the sake of throwing an F-word on there are those stupid shirts that say something like “I like girls that like girls.” I mean honestly, besides a Florida State fan, who wears that? Maybe a Louisville fan.
The same people who wear those types of shirts are the same people who thinking fighting is cool. Again, allow me to reference Mr. Florida State fan again. Nice, conservative Oklahoma fans that are traveling to Tallahassee for the first time this weekend are likely to be introduced to a cool meat-head bragging to his buddies about “knocking someone out” while wearing a shirt that says “I like to knock people the f$#@ out.” There are fewer things worse than experiencing tough FSU guy with a vulgar t-shirt on bragging about a fight.
Time to get some rest. Big day tomorrow.
If you’re dying for some football, Boise State is on tonight against Toledo. Yes, I’m being serious.