The Sunday Blog comes at you from soggy Columbia, S.C., as we get ready to come home and enjoy an off week:
* I wonder what the spread will be for the Florida-Georgia game once we get to game week. Georgia was a 3.5-point favorite in the summer, but I think people are looking at the Dogs differently. The loss to South Carolina was one thing, but getting shut out in the first half by Kentucky? I know it was raining, but Jake Fromm threw one pass in the second half Saturday night.
* South Carolina coach Will Muschamp was angry with the officials Saturday and he had a right to be ticked off. There were bad calls both ways, but a coach only sees the bad ones that go against his team. I imagine Coach Boom will get a fine or a reprimand or a good scolding for calling the official who flagged him “gutless.” I will say this — the quality of officiating in this conference has dropped significantly. Maybe it’s time to add another official to the games. They are missing way too much.
* It was one crazy day of college football with the Illinois win over Wisconsin just blowing everybody’s mind. My Associated Press ballot was worked on throughout the night, but it looks like someone changed his mind a lot. Anyway, I made some necessary adjustments in addition to dropping Wiscy to 14th. Here’s the new Top 10:
- LSU; 2. Ohio State; 3. Alabama (is it me or does Alabama get a lot of calls go its way? Just curious); 4. Oklahoma; 5. Clemson; 6. Penn State; 7. Florida; 8. Georgia; 9. Auburn; 10. Oregon.
At least I think that’s what I submitted. There are so many arrows on my scribblings that it looks like a trick play.
* Like dummies, Robbie and I are using our rare Saturday off to … wait for it … go to a birthday party. We will find TVs. Because I’ve been looking forward to this open week since the preseason, I’m bringing back “Four on the Floor”, the four games to watch Saturday:
— Wisconsin at Ohio State, noon, Fox. (OK, maybe it lost a little shine).
— Auburn at LSU, 3:30 p.m., CBS. (Should be fascinating).
— Notre Dame at Michigan, 7:30 p.m., ABC. (Another chance for Khaki pants to save his season).
— South Carolina at Tennessee, 4 p.m., SEC Network. (OK, it’s way, way, off-Broadway, but I’m a sucker for these under the radar SEC games.)