I talked a bit of smack about this year’s college football season before things got started. My beloved Crimson Tide was ranked #2, and I figured we were on our way towards a date with the Coach’s Trophy at the end of the season. I have since been chastened.
Things haven’t turned out quite like I thought, and something tells me that nobody would have predicted the top 5 teams for week 8 much less make a correct prediction of which team would be sitting in the #1 spot. Looking at the AP Top 25 poll, I don’t think many people would argue about those predictions either.
I joked with friends at work after Alabama lost to Ole Miss and Texas A&M lost to Mississippi State in the same weekend. The temperature last Sunday was in the low to mid 40s, and I figured Hell had frozen over with those two games turning out the way they did with the state of Mississippi showing up and knocking off two top 10 schools in the same day.. Even that joking didn’t have me prepared to see Miss St sitting #1 in the nation.
After their win over Auburn, I feel bad for Florida State fans, but they’re now the 2nd ranked team. I know I’m biased, but playing in the SEC, especially the Western Division, means you’re playing some of the top teams week after week. That’s why we SEC fans talk much trash when we have a team go undefeated. Given the teams that Miss St has beaten so far, I think they rightfully deserve the #1 ranking, at least until we knock them off the top of the stack.
Seriously, I know that Miss St has beaten Bama before, most recently during the “Low Tide” phase when Sylvester Croom spanked Bama for not hiring him and going with Mike Shula instead. I still think that was a bad decision, but I had no say in the matter. I’m hoping that we don’t see a repeat of that in the coming weeks when the Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa. I’ve never carried a rabbit’s foot for luck before, but if one comes across my path before that game, his friends will start calling him Tripod.
Also, thank you Bulldogs for that wonderful beat down you put on Auburn. ROLL TIDE!!