With just three regular season weeks remaining in the nation's finest football conference, let's tour the league with odds and ends, astute observations, and predictions, SEC Banter style.
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.
Unbelievably, we're just about halfway through the college football season. After six weekends of college football in the South, this much is certain: your Bloody Mary recipe should be perfected by now. But, if not, you've still got time to make the grade.
National and conference championship aspirations abound Saturday in Athens as No. 6 LSU and No. 9 Georgia, two founding members of the nation's finest football conference, meet for the 30th time. Toe-to-leather is set for 3:30 p.m. between the hedges of Sanford Stadium and CBS will televise the contest nationally.
Each week, I consult my handy SEC helmet schedule when deciding the topic for SEC Banter. The schedule shows every game for every SEC team using helmets. It's fantastic to view an entire SEC football season on a single sheet of paper, and I have to admit that the little helmets are kind of cute.
Die-hard sports fans have circled Saturday, Sept. 14 on their calendars for months. Fall's most anticipated game awaits. You guessed it: Saturday marks just three more weeks until the NBA preseason tips off in Istanbul, Turkey, when the Oklahoma City Thunder plays the Turkish basketball club Fenerbahce Ulker at Ulker Sports Arena.
My wife has always liked my "big gun" biceps. She knows I work hard to maintain them and it's a nice ego boost when she asks me to "flex those big guns." And, if I don't say so myself, my biceps are pretty sweet.
My 6-year-old daughter asks a lot of questions. From "Why does the moon change the tides?" to "How does the tooth fairy decide how much money to give?" She's curious. To paraphrase a Jimmy Buffett song, I know the answers to some of her questions; for many others, I'm looking for suggestions.
I'll get straight to the point: put simply, the Masters Tournament is the greatest event in all of sport. No other competition in the world features such timeless traditions, high drama and majestic scenery as the Masters.
Bowl season is very exciting. Host cities want excitement to lure fans in droves, teams want it to build momentum for next season, and bowl-game sponsors want it to spike sales.
You read that headline correctly. Saturday's SEC Championship Game between No. 2 Alabama (11-1, 7-1) and No. 3 Georgia (11-1, 7-1) has been dubbed a "play-in" for the right to face media darling Notre Dame in the BCS national championship.
It's Thanksgiving and time to count our many blessings, SEC Banter style. Join me as we give thanks for the traditions that make the SEC the nation's finest football conference.
Alabama's loss to "Johnny Football" and his Texas A&M Aggies leaves the SEC with no undefeated teams and, according to the national experts, the SEC's streak of consecutive national titles will end at six.