Thine Enemy Hunger

RANKING OUR TOUGHEST GAMES ON THE ROAD TO THE TITLE:

1. THE BCS TITLE GAME – GETTING HERE IS EVEN TOUGHER THAN WINNING THIS GAME. AND WINNING IT WOULD BE TOUGH, TOO, ESPECIALLY IF GEORGIA MATCHES UP WITH USC HERE. WE WOULD MUCH PREFER TO SEE OHIO STATE TAKE A THIRD ANNUAL BEATING, OR EVEN OKLAHOMA.

2. AT LSU – DEATH VALLEY, DEAFENING NOISE AND THE DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS. ON THE PLUS SIDE, THEY LOST MUCH OF THEIR UPPERCLASS TALENT, AND WE HAVE BEATEN THEM BADLY THE LAST TWO TIMES THESE PROGRAMS LINED UP.

3. FLORIDA – TWO QUESTIONS: 1. DO YOU REALLY BUY THE GATORS SEEKING REVENGE ON US WHEN WE STILL HAVE SO MUCH TO PROVE TO THEM, LIKE THE FACT THAT WE ARE THE BETTER PROGRAM? 2. IS THE FORMERLY KNOWN AS “GATOR BOWL” REALLY A NEUTRAL SITE FOR THE FORMERLY KNOWN AS “WORLD’S LARGEST OUTDOOR COCKTAIL PARTY?”

4. THE SEC TITLE GAME – A RE-MATCH VERSUS AUBURN, LSU OR BAMA. PLAYING IN THE GEORGIA DOME HELPS US HERE.

5. AT AUBURN – WE HAVE BLOWN OUR TALENTED SISTER SCHOOL OUT TWICE IN A ROW IN THE MOST HISTORICALLY COMPETITIVE SERIES IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL HISTORY. WE HAVE FAIRED WELL ON THE PLAINS.

6. TENNESSEE – THEY HAVE WON THREE OF FOUR, INCLUDING TWO IN A ROW IN ATHENS. THE LAST TWO TIMES WE PLAYED THEM, WE COULD NOT STOP THEM AT ALL. THEY SCORED FIFTY TWO YEARS AGO AND WERE UP BY TWENTY-EIGHT IN THE FIRST HALF LAST YEAR. AND THEY ARE WAY DOWN THE LIST HERE AT NUMBER 6.

7. AT ARIZONA STATE – DAWGS WAY OUT WEST IN THE DESERT AGAINST AN EXPLOSIVE HOME TEAM.

8. AT S. CAROLINA – SPURRIER AND A TALENTED TEAM. PLUS, THE UNDERRATED GAMECOCK FAITHFUL.

9. BAMA – HOW BAD MUST IT FEEL TO BE BAMA AND BE A LEGIT NUMBER NINE ON THIS LIST? SABAN WILL HAVE THE MOST-STORIED OF ALL SOUTHERN FOOTBALL PROGRAMS READY FOR THIS BIG GAME.

10. GEORGIA TECH – WILL WE BEAT THEM FOREVER? THAT IS WHAT IS KNOWN AS A RHETORICAL QUESTION, JACKETS. DO THE MATH. YOU BARELY CRACKED MY TOP TEN.

11. AT KENTUCKY – KENTUCKY HAS BECOME A FULL-GROWN SEC TEAM OF LATE. WE LOST HERE TWO YEARS AGO, LEST YE FORGET.

12. VANDY – TWO YEARS AND ONE LUCKY WIN FOR US AGAINST THESE CONSUMATE SEC DOORMATS.

13. CENTRAL MICHIGAN – GOOD ENOUGH TO CHALLENGE PURDUE IN A BOWL LAST YEAR.

14. GEORGIA SOUTHERN – THEY LIKE PLAYING IN THE EARLY SEASON HEAT AND HUMIDITY EVEN MORE THAN WE DO.