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Weekly Whatup 11/24
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            It’s been one full day and I’m already sick of all this Big XII South talk. I case you haven’t heard — put down the newspaper, turn off the radio and get up from the TV because the topic is nauseating — three college football teams have the same record in the same division in the same conference. Oh the humanity!

            It’s frustrating to listen to/watch/read about when you consider all three teams still have one friggin’ game left! I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to yell. I’m a little on edge thinking about Thursday… mmm… Turkey.

            So, since we took a week off last Monday in our weekly picks, let’s go at it this week at full force.

            Record so far: 62-57.


Rivalry’s out the Wahoo

            Speaking of Wahoo, take Virginia Tech to nip Virginia — but don’t bet on either team to score a touchdown.

            Yes, Virginia, Clemson does still have a football team — a bowl eligible football team nonetheless. Tigers beat South Carolina.

            Florida State has a Rhodes Scholar on its football team? — insert cheap shot here. Watch out Orange and Blue — Gators win with late field goal. 

            In the Egg Bowl — who names their rivalry game ‘The Egg Bowl’? — Mississippi beats MSU at home.

            In the Iron Bowl, Alabama beats Auburn by 30 — giving Tommy Tuberville that exact number of seconds before Tiger fans kill him.

            West Virginia at Pittsburgh — can you have a Backyard Brawl in a big city? — I like the Mountaineers.

            Finally, the Civil War — a game between two schools in one state which had absolutely nothing to do with the War of Southern Treason. Can Oregon State chomp their way to the Rose Bowl? Sure, Beavers beat the Fightin’ Nike’s.

            As a bonus for my mom the Cincinnati alum — Bearcats win the Big East by hammering Syracuse. 


Big XII Dirty South

            As we talked about in the opening, three squads on the Big XII’s South Division are all tied at 10-1, 6-1.

            First, there’s Texas, which plays host to Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night. If this one was in College Station, it could be close. But the Aggies are still the same team that lost to Arkansas State and Baylor. Take Texas big.

            Everyone has anointed Oklahoma the Division champs via tiebreaker, not realizing the Sooners have to travel to Stillwater to play rival OK State. Uh, problem, the Cowboys are pretty good. Take Oklahoma, but the Boys will keep it within field goal distance.

            Finally, Texas Tech rolls over Baylor… is it contradicting yourself if you scold everyone for forgetting about this week’s games, then pick all those teams to win and keep the three-way tie anyway? Pass the gravy.


            Statesboro and ECI move on in the state playoffs — but not without some healthy scares from their opponents last week.

            Pay attention, my friends. When a football team rises to overcome an adverse situation — especially in the playoffs — something special is happening.

            Statesboro hosts Rome this Friday while ECI travels to Bremen along I-20 on the Alabama border.

            In the Georgia Southern absent FCS playoffs: gimme App State to throttle South Carolina State, Richmond to nip Eastern Kentucky, Villanova to beat Colgate, Montana handles Texas State (remember them?), Cal-Poly to wax Weber State, Southern Illinois to beat New Hampshire and Northern Iowa to maul Maine. One more: James Madison beats Wofford by one.


Give us our offense back at School to the North

            Is this the year Tech finally pushes through and beats Georgia? Seems like it’s been decades since the Jackets put a ‘W’ up against the Dogs.

            This Saturday GT may have a good shot, but Georgia is well rested and we have to assume they’ve taken every bit of the extra time to prepare for the option. No one wants to look like Miami did last Saturday.

            I’m gonna take Georgia and our Statesboro boys on defense in a low-scorer, 18-14.