Thursday, November 29, 2012
SEC predictions: Week 14
By Edward Aschoff
I believe someone supposedly very wise once said just a week ago that they remember what you do in November.
Well, I'm sure Chris will remember exactly what I did this November. And it wasn't pretty if you weren't on Team Edward.
After Chris and I had a couple of tight weeks, I blew this bad boy wide open when I added two more games to my total after going 8-1 over the weekend to extend my lead to seven games with an impressive 100-12 (.893) record. I missed on Florida-Florida State, but I don't think anyone other than Will Muschamp really knows what the Gators will do week in and week out.
Although my dear friend Cary pleaded with me to pick his Gators last week to guarantee I'd go a perfect 9-0. I guess we know who the real "expert" is because he was spot on with his prediction.
Still, I'm just happy I'm not in Chris' boat, which is currently leaking and has a Jaws-size great white circling it. After an ugly weekend that saw him go 6-3, Chris now sits with a record of 93-19 (.830). We both dropped the ball on Florida, but Chris also picked Mississippi State over Ole Miss and Clemson over South Carolina. I understand the Mississippi State pick, because the Rebels had lost three straight. But Clemson over South Carolina? Chris must have been sipping that Tiger Kool-Aid supplied by ACC blogger Heather Dinich and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney before he made that pick.
I mean, did he not see that defensive effort coming? Rookie mistake, Mr. Low.
And with that, I've all but clinched the picks title as we head into the SEC championship game and then bowl season. In two words: It's over.
Someone should coach the vet up on his picks for next year before he allows something like this to happen again.
On to our lone pick:
ALABAMA VS GEORGIA
Edward Aschoff: These teams mirror each other in style. Both love to pummel opponents with their running games, but aren't afraid to beat teams over the top with their passing games. Georgia might have the most NFL talent on the defensive side of the ball, but the Crimson Tide will walk into the Georgia Dome with the nation's No. 1 statistical defense. Neither team has been perfect and while Georgia is playing its best ball of the season, Alabama still has some defensive weaknesses the Bulldogs could exploit. But when it comes down to it, Nick Saban teams just prepare differently. The Tide is on a mission to make its third national championship in four years, and it'll wear the Dawgs down in the second half. ... Alabama 28, Georgia 17
Chris Low: No matter how hard you try, it’s difficult to get the version of Georgia that lost by four touchdowns to South Carolina earlier this season out of your mind. There’s no doubt the Bulldogs are playing at a different level right now, but this is also a more dialed-in Alabama team thanks to the loss to Texas A&M a few weeks ago. For a change, we’ll actually have an SEC championship game that’s decided in the fourth quarter, but the Crimson Tide will put the game in the hands of their veteran offensive line and move a step closer to their third national championship in the last four years. ... Alabama 27, Georgia 21