It’s Football Season!
Just like every year, I thought that Auburn, with their newly-installed Spread Offense, a la Tony Franklin, might actually have a chance to win the SEC this year. I thought they’d definitley beat Alabama this year, and if they could just get past LSU, they should sail into the SEC title game in Atlanta in December. But, alas, this year is not the year. Last Friday, at 4-1, the year still looked promising. With the only loss coming in a close game to now-3rd-ranked LSU, and the most difficult games at home this season, there was a good chance they could finish out the season with a decent bowl game under their belt.
Now, with a loss last week to Vanderbilt (who Auburn hasn’t lost to since Eisenhower was President) and yesterday’s embarrassing loss to a 3-3 Arkansas squad who lost their last 3 games in a combined 139-31, the season looks all but lost. Arkansas’ offense was looking nearly as anemic as Auburn’s for most of this year, but they did what they needed to do to pull out the victory.
With a game at West Virginia on a Thursday night, then at Ole Miss (who beat Florida), and a homecoming game against UT-Martin, there’s a good chance AU could be looking at a 5-5 record heading into a home game against Georgia and then facing #2 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. At that point a 6-6 record is about all they can hope for, but a 7-5 final record is much more likely. Auburn’s defense is getting the job done for the most point, but you have to score more than 20 points to win a game in the SEC.
On the other hand, the Colts are finally looking like the Colts again still kinda suck. After a disappointing 2-2 start (that could have easily been 0-4 were it not for 2 great 4th quarter comebacks), the offense and defense are finally clicking. Up 24-0 at halftime against the Ravens, the Colts look like they did in the postseason of 2006.
With today’s game beginning a long, difficult stretch of hosting the Ravens, @ Green Bay, @ Tennessee (undefeated and the AFC South division leader), the Patriots at home, then Pittsburgh. If the Colts continue to play the way they’re playing today, they could legitimately be a Super Bowl contender for 2008 they played the last two weeks, they’ll very likely finish 8-8 and not make the playoffs. What a sad year for football for me.
WAR EAGLE and GO COLTS!