...and it's just September ~Doug Gann~
And it's just September...
Aaron Judge stands on the brink of history.
At the time of this writing Judge sits tied with George Herman "Babe" Ruth for second place all time in the AL with 60 Home Runs. Judge also leads the AL in RBI and Batting Average. He has a chance to eclipse Roger Maris' Home Run record that many anti Steroid Era believers say is the ACTUAL Home Run record all the while winning the AL Triple Crown. And it's just September.
Several coaches are already on the hot seat. Herm Edwards is gone from Arizona State, Bryan Harsin is hanging on for dear life on the Plains in Auburn and closer to home it would be surprising if Brad Laird at NSU survives the weekend... and it's just September.
As seasons change on the calendar and in the Sports world one thing is certain, Fall means Football season is in full swing. We have seen Appalachian State upset then #6Texas A & M, yes, the same ones that upset Big Blue in 2007. Appy State then snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on a last second Hail Mary to beat Troy. Yes, the same Troy that knocked off LSU in Tiger Stadium in 2017.
So, while Georgia seems to be on pace to roll through the Regular season and head to the CFP, one thing is certain... THIS is the most exciting time of the year, and it's just September.
This Saturday, September 24 finds two games on the SEC slate that jump out at you. Take your pick to name the SEC game of the week and you won't be wrong.
First, Rookie SEC Head Coach Billy Napier and the Florida Gators travel to Rocky Top to face second year Head Coach Josh Heupel and the Tennessee Vols at 2:30 CST. The "experts" have UT beating UF by 11. The same team from Gainesville that has beaten Tennessee 5 consecutive times and 16 of the last 17 AND the last four by an average of 12 points. Florida is battle tested early on as this marks the 3rd Top 25 ranked team they have faced. The only question is which Gator team makes the trek to Knoxville. Will it be the UF team that knocked off Utah, or the one that sleepwalked their way to a 31-28 win over a lackluster South Florida Bulls team that is struggling mightily.
How about the Vols who are favored at home. Can they keep the offense rolling that is averaging 50 points per game against a tough Napier defense? This is one of those games where the first 5 minutes will tell you all you need to know. If the Vols can strike early and create some space, it will get ugly on Rocky Top. If the Gators survive the first 5 minutes or so this one could be close. I think Heupel and the Vols find a way to outscore the Gators, but take the 11 points as long as you can get them... I say UT 34-UF 28.
Next up is a definite Trap Game at Jerry World in Texas. In what is a neutral site game (although it's in Texas) Arkansas and Texas A & M square off at 6 pm. In a game that proves that you cannot just look at stats and rankings and survive prognosticating College Football. On the surface you see the 10th Ranked and undefeated Razorbacks of Arkansas and think it's a safe play to take the 2.5 points, especially knowing this is the Aggies team that dropped that game to Appy State. But then, dive a little deeper... the following week ATM knocked off #13 Miami.
Take a look at undefeated Arkansas and you see a lot of less than stellar opponents. In fact, this game vs Texas A & M will be their toughest to date. I think the last ranked passing defense of the 'Hogs gets tested again... and again. Jimbo and his Aggies rely heavily on the pass in this one and knock off Arkansas 38-27. No trap here... lay the points.
Keep in mind these are my thoughts and are 100% guaranteed to be for entertainment only.
A lot of great sports happening over the next few days, we have ramped up the College Football intensity... and it's just September