SEC Rewind: Race for Atlanta

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It’s on now.

The race for Atlanta has started to take shape and with five SEC games on Saturday it will continue to be molded.

But here is what we know.

1.
The East is really interesting, and Florida-Georgia could still be the
game we thought it would be. Vanderbilt’s loss (I wanted so badly to
pick Mississippi State but blew it) sidetracks the Cinderella story
unless the Commodores win in Athens this week.

Tennessee is done
and there is a real possibility the Vols might go winless in the
conference if they can’t get by Mississippi State this week. Kentucky
has lost twice and doesn’t appear to have enough offense to pull off a
six-game winning streak. And since no team has won the East with more
than two losses, it appears we have a four-team race.

So this week we find out if South Carolina, which hosts LSU, is eliminated.

Florida
re-established it self with its spanking of the Tigers, and Georgia
took care of business against Tennessee. I can’t see Vandy going 3-1 or
4-0 the second half of the conference season. So it’s back to what we
thought ” Florida or Georgia?

2. LSU’s loss was demoralizing for
the Tigers but they are still right in it. The West is essentially a
two-team race between LSU and Alabama since Auburn has three losses and
the other three teams don’t scare anybody.

The key for LSU is not
to slip up before the game against the Tide Nov. 8. The next two weeks
are enormous for Les Miles with the game at South Carolina and a home
game against Georgia.

I think this is Alabama’s year to get back
to Atlanta. LSU went up against the first really good offense it has
faced this season and didn’t look good. The Tide has shown a penchant
for letdowns but has survived so far.

It is going to be exciting. But who would expect anything less from the conference?