'Morning, all! We'll try to be quick here today with the look ahead at the day's events.
Noon: Texas Tech at Kansas. The Red Raiders get their first real test of the season as they enter a 4 game murderer's row: at Kansas today, Texas next weekend, Oklahoma State November 8 and at Oklahoma following a bye week. Let's see if Graham Harrell, Michael Crabtree and Co. are for real.
12:30: Kentucky at Florida. Homecoming weekend in The Swamp, hopefully the Gators don't look past the Wildcats like they did with Ole Miss. Kentucky has been bitten by the injury bug lately, losing RB (and indoor track All-American) Derrick Locke to torn knee ligaments, leading WR Dicky Lyons, Jr. (knee), DT Myron Pryor and LB Micah Johnson out with ankle sprains and FS Marcus McClinton, who also might miss today's game. The Gators have beat Kentucky 21 straight meetings, look for it to be 22 after today.
3:30 : Georgia at LSU. The Bulldogs roll into Baton Rouge one week before the annual Cocktail Party with Florida in Jacksonville. This is going to be another physical SEC game, but in the end, the Dawgs will have too much fire power on offense for LSU to stop. I think Georgia escapes with a win here.
3:30: USF at L'ville. The Bulls appear to be the conference favorite in the Big East this season, though the race is still wide open at this point. The Bulls are 0-2 in L'ville, avoiding 0-3 could solidify their spot as conference favorite. Interesting fact: The Bulls are the only Big East team to be ranked in the Top 25 each week this season.
3:30: Oklahoma State at Texas. Another week, another matchup up Top 10 Big 12 teams, jeez. Each offense is averaging over 45 points per game, each defense allowing under 21 points per game. Lookout for another shootout here.
7:00: Ole Miss at Arkansas. Sure, both teams are below .500. But Houston Nutt returns to face his old team in Fayetteville. Should be interesting.
7:45: 'Bama at Tennessee. Tennessee has been going through a rough patch this year, but heading into the big rivalry game with the Tide, Vols Defensive Coordinator John Chavis isn't afraid of anything. Rivalry games bring out the best in teams, even if they have been struggling the rest of the season.
8:00: Penn State at Ohio State. In a weekend of big games, this one narrowly takes the cake. The Nittany Lions haven't won in the Horseshoe since they joined the Big Ten. The Big Ten, as a conference, needs Penn State to win if they want a team in the BCS title game. College football fans everywhere hope the Buckeyes pull of the upset, if for no other reason than to keep a Big Ten team from another national championship massacre.
Also tonight: Game 3 of the World Series. Garza takes on the ageless wonder himself: Jaime Moyer. Rain threatens the biggest game IN Philly since Allen Iverson had the 76ers in the NBA finals. We like the Rays here tonight, and in the series. The pitching matchups line up favorably for the Rays the rest of the way, except against Cole Hamels. Plus the Phillies have been hitting an abysmal 1-for-28 with runners in scoring position. Yikes.
One last note: UF is holding a pregame ceremony in honor of the legendary George "Mr. Two Bits" Edmondson, Jr., who is retiring at the end of the season.
Well folks, enjoy another great Saturday in sports. We won't be catching most of the mid-afternoon games, as we will be doing some casual labor in Miami. We leave you with this clip of Mr. Two Bits doing his thing.
59 years strong, Mr. Two Bits. We commend you.