Give the other side a yell

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 30, 2004

What should my "meaningless editorial" be about today?

I've got it.

I'm going to focus on the Auburn Tigers for a moment.

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Now, these guys are having a wicked awesome year much to the displeasure of many Alabama fans.

Oh well, they can get over it.

This year's squad is eerily reminiscent of the squad from Terry Bowden's first year on the Plains.

That year, the Tigers were the "best team on the radio" and posted a very impressive 11-0 record while they were under sanctions and were unable to go to the SEC championship or to a major bowl game.

This year's version doesn't have any of those problems.

They also have a very winnable schedule, yet again to the Alabama fans' displeasure.

The Tigers travel to Oxford's "Grove" this weekend to face a battle-weary Ole Miss squad. Then they have an off week.


The Tigers will return to action to face the University of Georgia in the deep South's oldest rivalry. The Tigers and Dawgs match-up really well and this game should not disappoint.

Auburn will finish their season on the road at Tuscaloosa in the annual Iron Bowl.

I'm not going to talk about anything past the Iron Bowl because even though I'm not an Auburn fan, I respect the silent optimism

Don't talk about it. Let it happen.

Talking jinxes things.

Now, shifting gears for a second I'm going to focus this "meaningless editorial" onto my alma mater.

A reader pointed out to me that every SEC school Troy has played they have lost to.

This is inaccurate.

In Troy's first year as a Division I-A program they traveled to Starkville, Miss and knocked off the Miss State Bulldogs on their homecoming.

One year later, the Trojans came within three points of repeating this feat.

We have an SEC win. We also have a C-USA, a MAC win and a Big 12 win.

In Troy State's final year as a Division I-AA school, the Trojans knocked off the Cincinatti Bearcats.

Since the move up to the big-time, Troy State knocked off Marshall twice and then shut down Mizzou this season. The Tigers are in a position to win the Big 12 North.

The Trojans also came within 10 points knocking off South Carolina and were four points away from beating LSU.

Since we are talking about the SEC, let's look at the Tide for a second.

My loyal reader pointed out that statistically Alabama beat my Vols up and down the field.


But, statistics don't make W's or L's.

The score matters and according to the score, My Vols were four points better than the Tide.

Sorry, that's the way it is.

But the Tide has a week off to lick their wounds and get ready to face Miss. State.

They also face LSU and then Auburn in consecutive weeks.

But both games are at home, so they have that going for them.

My loyal and faithful reader said that my Vols would finish last and that he was tired of my gloating.

I am not gloating, I am sharing my joy that Tennessee got through a game with a W because we are starting a freshman quarterback with a makeshift offensive and defensive line.

Any game where we don't get 30 dropped on us is an accomplishment.

As to them finishing last, obviously he hasn't looked at the SEC West standing. Tennessee is currently in a tie for first with the University of Georgia.

The Vols beat the Dawgs so that gives them the tie-breaker lead.

Apparently the standings that he was looking at came from Jim-Bob's Gun and Safe Shop and not from the SEC.

It's that simple.