Greetings from Williams-Brice Stadium, where South Carolina just began the weekend by exposing Ole Miss for the fraud most of us suspected they were as a top ten team. Common sense tells you if a team loses first round picks on both lines as well as an NFL wide receiver they probably are not better than they were the year before. Ole Miss did, and they aren't. I'm guessing the Jevan Snead for Heisman site can be shut down any minute now.
Florida should be able to handle Kentucky, although it's worth noting that they've failed to cover the spread each of their last six games post Tennessee. The flu epidemic won't make things any easier either, but in the end the Gators just have too many athletes. I'll be paying my first ever visit to Blacksburg Saturday, as a buddy of mine and I are going to the Miami/Virginia Tech game. I want to see whether the Canes offense can execute when Jacory Harris is pressured, and that's one thing Bud Foster will do if he has to blitz eleven guys. Here's the viewing options for a pretty weak overall weekend from Awful Announcing.
Story: Tennessee coach says something stupid. Reaction: Of course he did - what's Kiffin babbling about now? Actually, he's off the hook this time. Bruce Pearl decided to make a wisecrack about the blend of guys on his team. Enjoy the comedy stylings of UT's basketball coach...
"I've got a tough job. I've got to put these guys from different worlds together, right? I've got guys from Chicago, Detroit. I'm talking about the hood! And I've got guys from Grainger County, where they wear the hood!"
Nothing like a little KKK humor to spice up life in the Deep South! Unlike Kiffin, Pearl had the good sense to apologize for a joke that didn't work. Pearl is unquestionably good for the conference, but he's also good for about three of these a year. Remember "Free bacon - a Jewish dilemna!" on ESPN?
Remember, college football is an amateur sport. Ballyhoo can't have a tree carved to resemble Tim Tebow, because that would be using a player's image to sell a product. That's why we know it's a complete coincidence that USC jerseys are suddenly on sale featuring freshman QB Matt Barkley's number. The school bookstore cashing in on a student athlete? Perish the thought. Have a great weekend and I'll see you back here Monday.