Raise your hand if you thought Auburn would beat LSU if it allowed only 23 points. Ok. Yes. Ok. Thank you. Yes, I see that hand! Good! That’s a heap of folks. Well, we were WRONG! So be it. Auburn lost a football game. On the road. To the Number one team in the country. Two road losses to top ten teams. 6-2. Not bad. Ranked number 11. Very good! Goodbye, Joey Gatewood. Now, let’s move on from the past.
Last week’s 3-2 record was not what I had hoped for, either, but that’s what it was. I am now 60-16, this season, and that is a pct. of .789, or, effectively, 79%. Let’s get back over 80%!
But first, back to that 1970 something model Pontiac Astre, affectionately known as Old Yellow. We purchased Old Yellow in 1987 when we were living in Auburn at Starr’s Trailer Park. A brand spanking new double wide and we were the first to inhabit it. Right there on Opelika road and across that busy highway from the Hungry Hunter restaurant. We could walk home if we so desired. I did so desire more than once. Good idea other than having to dodge traffic.
We would take Old Yellow tailgating sometimes during the ’87-’89 seasons. Auburn won, or shared, three SEC championships those memorable years. Played in two Sugar Bowls and in the first Hall of Fame Bowl as rewards for those championship seasons. It was great fun! There’s something to be said for living in a double wide in Auburn in the late 80’s. War Eagle!
Back to Old Yellow and tailgating. The 1988 Georgia game comes to mind. I, along with my first born, Luke, took Old Yellow to our spot, near the old monkey cages, yep, that’s what I said, monkey cages, to save a place for us and our tailgating buddies. This was Friday night before the big game Saturday afternoon. We slept in her! When we had to winky tink, we would could just step outside. We also went over to the old Beard-Eaves Mausoleum, it was open then, and walk, carry on, or whatever. A handful of drunk students wandered by the car in the middle of the night. It was great fun!
The next day Auburn beat Georgia, in Vince Dooley’s last game he coached versus his alma mater. Auburn went on to win the SEC that season, but lost to Florida State in the Sugar Bowl, 13-7. We were there. In Whitey. Whitey was an ’88 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. LOVED Whitey as well. Did not love the missed interference call, committed against Freddy Weygand or the ensuing interception by Deion Sanders, who was covering Lawyer Tillman. That ended our chances to win the game. Did not love the hangover I had at the Cafe Du Monde the next morning, either.
A quick aside. That ’88 defense was as good as I’ve ever seen at Auburn, but this 2019 edition is close. Let’s see what happens in the remaining four games of the season, all of which are to be played at Jordan-Hare Stadium!
Pickin’ time! Speaking of pickers, I saw Mr. Pete Townsend a few weeks back, here in Hotlanta. and he ain’t half bad. Wish he and his pal, Roger, could be here as guests on my blog, but I guess that will have to wait.
“See me, feel me, touch me, heal me…”
I won’t get fooled again. No sir! We’re still striving for that perfect week!
In the order in which the games will be played!
Texas A&M vs. UTSA (12 PM ET on the SEC Network)
No, that’s not the University of Tennessee-San Angelo. It’s the University of Texas-San Antonio, silly rabbit! The Aggies will whup the tar (baby) out of the Alamo gang. That comes as no surprise to anyone. The College Station Kids are favored by 38. Will they cover? Will Muschamp win again? Don’t get ahead of yourself, Bird. Texas A&M 45, UTSA 10.
Georgia vs. Florida (3:30 PM on CBS)
Gary Danielson will be doing the color commentary for this game (BWAAAAHAHA! Chew on that cocktail partiers!) Brad Nessler is on the play by play. A lot of folks will be drunk down there in Jacksonville. And this will be a stemmmmwinder! Jake Fromm where art thou? Wide receivers, you just might have a lot to do with this. It will matter a great deal if Florida has its full complement of pass rushers this Satday. Dynamite Dan Mullen’s squadron is a 6.5 point underdog. Water Lizards cover AND win. Florida 23, Georgia 21.
Mississippi State vs. Arkansas (4 PM on the SEC Network)
Change channels. This here’s a YOU-gly matchup. The Piggies might cover the 7.5, but they will fall short of a vic’try. They are awful, as are the Bullies. Misery abounds. Joe Moorhead vs. Chad Morris. SMH. Miss State 27, Arkansas 21.
Tennessee vs. UAB ( 7 PM on ESPNU)
The Vowels have been hot, as of late, but they better not sleep on Bill Clark’s Blazers (nor his neck ties, nor his khakis). This will be a fine contest up on good ole Rocky Top. I voted for Clark as the FWAA Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year the past two years and he did win it in 2018. The Magic City Maulers will give Old Smoky all he can handle. Tennessee (-12.5) 30, UAB 23.
Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina (7:30 PM on the SEC Network)
Another battle of YOU-glies. (Just how in Hades did the Cocks defeat Georgia? Twixt the Hedges??) SMH deux. The game be in the Capital City of Car-o-line. Roosters favored by 15. Anchor Steams remain giddy over the Mizzou upset. Giddy won’t be the word they feel when the home town Fowls spank that Commodore fanny. South Carolina 34, Vanderbilt 14.
And now! Out of kickoff time order!
Auburn vs. Ole Miss (7 PM on ESPN proper)
Dadgummit! (Another $1 to Bobby Bowden). We ALMOST got it done. You just cannot say enough about that AU D! Day-UM! What else could one ask for? Well, four more points, I suppose. Gus Malzahn, Mr. play caller exceptionale, needs to get the blankety blank ball in the hands of Seth Williams and Anthony “Flash” Schwartz MORE OFTEN!!! and HOW often do we have to say that?! Put Bo in a better position to win. I’ll let you do the research. Research is hard. But his stats are better than Stan White’s, Jason Campbell’s, and… AND Pat Sullivan’s, as first year newbie starters. YES! That’s right! We got Boobee and D. J. as backup QB’s! Wheeeeee! But, I’m a telling’ you now. That D.J. Williams can tote the rock! Come on! Let’s go! Ok, calm down. The Fightin’ Felines rise back up!, as the Rebel Black Bears get whacked by the inhospitable hosts. Auburn (-19.5) 38, Ole Mrs. 17)
We love you! Thanks for listening! Tip your waitresses! Drive safely! AND! Take care out there and love thy neighbor as thyself! I’d like to thank King James for his version, as flawed as it is, and the good folks at Willie Nelson’s Special Reserve! War Eagle!