First off, because it's so beautiful:
Vanderbilt has an opportunity to end the regular season 8-4 for the second year in a row. With a win, Vandy fans just might be anchoring down in Jacksonville this New Year's...
With Ramik Wilson batting the ball into the air. With me watching Yellow Jacket receivers attempting to converge on it. With me thinking "Oh no, not this again." Wondering if another fluky tipped ball would cost us a victory over a bitter rival. Whether a bounce of the ball would cause yet another gritty, gutsy come back by what's left of the 2013 Georgia Bulldogs to go for naught.
Skyler Mornhinweg completed 20 of 25 passes for just 115 yards and a touchdown as another weapon went down for the Gators. Trey Burton, who broke off a 50-yard run early in the game, hurt his shoulder on the play and missed the rest of the game.
While it’s disappointing that Carolina won 10 regular-season games without making it to Atlanta for the third straight season, I find it difficult to be disappointed with today. First of all, you have to hand it to Mizzou. Outside of one quarter against the Gamecocks, they’ve been nearly flawless this year. They earned it, and I tip my hat to Gary Pinkel and his team. If we had been similarly consistent, we wouldn’t have lost to a bad Tennessee team, and it would be us taking on Auburn. It's a tough thing to think about, but sometimes you have to give the other guy credit for being just a little bit better than your excellent.
Butch Jones and the Vols did a great job Saturday night making sure disappointment didn't become disaster. Team 117 didn't achieve its goal of bowl eligibility, and it was frustrating to watch us play well in spurts against Kentucky knowing there wasn't anything beyond tonight to win. But there will be in the future, and what's happening with Butch Jones and the Vols right now is both bigger and more complex than whether a fourth-and-one was overturned or not.
Once again, Kentucky comes up short. Mercifully, this is the last football game of what has been an absolutely miserable season. Not as miserable as last year, mind you, but pretty darn miserable. The only good thing to be said about this year's team is that it at least appeared to try for most of the games, and were competitive in several that they shouldn't have been.
If you didn't see - and how didn't you? - Ole Miss played stupid, terrible, uninspired football tonight, and lost to an outmanned Mississippi State team by a touchdown in overtime. The Bulldogs offense was largely ineffective, failing to break the 300-yard barrier and really only looking alive once Dak Prescott came into the game during the second half. The Bulldogs defense was, as expected, stout against the run and forced the Rebs to throw. That forced the Rebs to pass, where things all ultimately fell apart.
What can be said about this game? What can be said about this season? I genuinely have no words at all to describe what transpired tonight. I really don't. On third and long with the game in reach, we throw a WR screen. We punt to end the game putting the defense, who bless their hearts had been playing way above their pay grade all game long, to win the game. Earlier we went away from everything that was working and decided not to run the ball. We know that three man lines don't work for us, yet we forced them.
And special guest this week: Auburn!