Nothing riles up readers like predicting SEC football games. While incendiary insults about the academic rigor of an SEC school go largely ignored, I hear from you most often when I wrongly predict your SEC team will lose.
The sixth Saturday of Southeastern Conference football ushers in October, my favorite month. Cool, crisp air, sharp blue October skies, and kids talking incessantly about Halloween weeks away from trick-or-treating. ("Daddy, can we eat ALL our candy on Halloween night? Please! Please!")
The Masters tournament is right around the corner, and when Jim Nantz of CBS welcomes us to Augusta National with his signature "Hello, friends" opening remark, he'll undoubtedly refer to the Masters as "a tradition unlike any other."
An all-Tigers SEC Championship kicks off Saturday afternoon in the Georgia Dome as No. 5 Missouri faces No. 3 Auburn. A national title appearance is on the line if the pathetically slow, boring, and overrated Ohio State Buckeyes lay an egg in the Big 10 championship game.
Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday. It's uniquely American and without the assorted pressures of Christmas. A time to be grateful for life's many blessings. Family, friends, health, and our wonderful country of opportunity and advancement.
Longtime SEC Banter readers will recall that a hallmark of this column is predicting scores. So, rather than devote this prominent space to comparing SEC storylines to classic 1980s films and Republican political heroes, let's return to our roots. Let's predict the outcome of each game in the nation's finest football conference, SEC Banter style.
Chaos reigned supreme in the SEC last week. No. 6 LSU, No. 7 Texas A&M, No. 11 South Carolina, No. 15 Georgia, and No. 22 Florida all went down in flames. Suddenly we're looking at a Missouri vs. Alabama SEC championship game if the Tide emerges from the Iron Bowl unscathed.
In the throes of the 2013 college football season, the SEC East is suddenly wide open and the West is taking shape. Upsets, stellar performances, and big-boy football games are happening at a rapid pace.