Posted: 8:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013
By Connor Tapp
As I've said many times before, I expected Missouri to bounce back in 2013 but had no idea that their rebound would be so pronounced and that they would possess the most efficient rushing attack in the SEC after their first five games. The big knock on Missouri at this point is that they haven't faced a challenging opponent yet, but the Tigers do have a pair of convincing road wins against Indiana and Vanderbilt, both of whom are likely to play in a bowl game this year.
Considering that Georgia is coming off of two consecutive down-to-the-wire wins against tough SEC opponents and will have to do without Justin Scott-Wesley, Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell, Michael Bennett, and probably Todd Gurley, I think the Tigers are going to pull the upset here, even though it's in Athens. Of course, I don't feel rock-solid about that prediction given what Aaron Murray has proven to be capable of this season, but I do think the Bulldogs lose this one and put the Gamecocks right back in the thick of the SEC East race.
That is, of course, unless South Carolina falls flat on its face in Fayetteville.
This is the game that South Carolina is playing in, so you better watch it!
By this point in the afternoon, South Carolina will either have pulled out a difficult road win against an opponent that has given us fits over the years or you will be too drunk to change the channel to CBS from whatever the hell channel the SEC Network is on where you live. In the case of the latter, it might be best to just take a mid-day nap so that you can wake up rejuvenated and ready to do some Saturday night laundry and forget that football is a game that exists.
In the case of the former, Florida's foray into Death Valley could end up having significant implications for the power structure in the SEC East. Basically, we really need the Tigers to beat the Gators to make rooting for Florida to knock off Georgia in the Cocktail Party much more palatable. If those two things happen, South Carolina still needs to win out (including a win over Florida) and have Georgia lose a second SEC game along the way.
This game doesn't have a damn thing to do with South Carolina's chances of returning to Atlanta, but there should be a whole hell of a lot of points gettin' scored in Husky Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and nothing helps maintain your interest in a game that you have no personal stake in like touchdowns on touchdowns on touchdowns. This will be a great option to keep on your "Prev Ch" button when Florida/LSU is at halftime or on commercial break.
Again, South Carolina doesn't have much of a dog in this hunt other than the fact that they get Texas A&M; at home to kick off the 2014 season. But as with Oregon/Washington, there should be points aplenty and Johnny Manziel doing Johnny Manziel things.