It is rivalry week! The time of year where we hate that other school and want to embarrass them on the pigskin field. This year we have some huge matchups with playoff implications.
Posted by the Jungle Cat:
Alabama at Auburn
Harvard-Yale, Stanford-Cal, Ohio State-Michigan and others…all great rivalries. The hum daddy of them all, according to Uncle Percy and Judge Roy Moore, is The Iron Bowl. As a bit of trivia, this brawl is called the Iron Bowl because it was once played in Birmingham. And Birmingham was called among other names “Little Pittsburgh because it produced steel. Birmingham was also called the “Magic City” because of the smog and pollution…Now you see it; now you don’t.
This game evokes names from the past…Ed Dyas, Pat Trammell, Jimmy Sidle, Joe Namath, Pat Sullivan, Johnny Musso, David Langner, Antonio Langham. And lest we forget Harvey Updyke, the poster boy for all Auburn folks that loathe Alabama.
Gus Malzahn has a destiny and a possible job at Arkansas ahead of him. Left as road kill a month ago, coach Gus has accomplished a third of the trifecta. He beat Georgia. If Auburn has the horses (tractors and other assorted livestock) to beat Alabama and Georgia again, they may rename the stadium Jordan-Hare-Malzahn and all children born into Auburn home will be named Gus.
Don’t cry for Darth Saban. Just because he has a few defensive players on sick leave, Nick’s cupboard ain’t exactly bare. Darth Saban’s defensive against the Jedi enemy are depleted, but not helpless. Look for Darth Saban to come up with an exotic defensive scheme to stop coach Gus and his smoke and mirror offense.
Lilly’s Loser in a close one: Auburn
Georgia at the Georgia Institute of Technolgy on North Avenue to take a literary license from that excellent wordsmith Lewis Grizzard in his summary of the 1984 Georgia-Georgia Tech game, “Frankly, I don’t want to talk about it.”
Lilly Loser: Georgia Tech
Posted by the Bookkeeper:
Ohio State Buckeyes v. Michigan Wolverines
The chestnuts from Ohio State travel to Ann Arbor this weekend to try to paint the town red and earn some CFP respect. Standing in their way is a pack of angry Wolverines who are still sore from last week’s badger fight and would like nothing better than to crack Urban Meyer’s nuts. You can expect the coach from Columbus to dig deep for this one. If he wins, he might get a shot at the playoffs – lose, and he gets to start recruiting early. At the end of the day, we think the Buckeyes will be a step closer to being the luckiest team in college football.
Lilly’s loser: Michigan
Posted by the Presbyterian Padre:
Clemson vs. South Carolina:
In the Palmetto State, it’s that time again: the annual Tiger-Chicken Tango. Dabo’s Boys waylaid the Muschamp’s Birds 56-7 last year in Clemson. And given the chatter, the Gamecocks haven’t forgotten. The Poultry Brigade would love nothing more than to declaw the Tigers this time around, and have let it be known to any who will give an ear. The Tigers come in 10-1 and ranked 2nd in the land. An appetite for fried chicken carries the Pickens County Cats southward on I-26, and as long as Kelly Bryant can effectively toss the ball around, they will leave Columbia stuffed with feathers in their wake.
Lilly’s Losers: South Carolina
Florida State vs. Florida:
Back in September, no one would have predicted the Noles and the Gators would both be 4-6 going into their showdown. Many prophesied the Noles to win the ACC and challenge the Boys from Bama for the National Championship. My have times changed! The Indians limp in with bowl aspirations and the Lizards without a head coach. FSU has NFL talent and Florida is hoping to entice Chip Kelly away from the broadcast booth. Bottom line, the Red Men from Tallahassee will be stitching Gator boots before it’s over.
Lilly’s Losers: Florida
Lilly’s Losers is in honor of Leonard Postero who created the original Leonard’s Losers. Many fans, to this day, love the wit and humor of his football prognostications.These musing are just for fun during the high school and NCAA football seasons.
Also, we will miss our friend Shaw Carter. He was a better man than all of us!
Buttermilk- John N. Lilly III (UGA)
Jungle Cat- JC Smith (Alabama)
The Bookkeeper- Rusty Hopkins (West Bromwich Albion)
Presbyterian Padre- Pastor Stacey Cox (Clemson
Raymond James is not affiliated with Hall County High School Football, NCAA Football or any of the teams named herein. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of Raymond James.