As always we're here to drop the Slate of Eight for you folks and that means a guest to the podcast to help us break down the week's biggest games. This week we have Barrett Sallee the SEC Columnist from College Football News joining us to talk not just about the Slate of Eight but also shed a little light on the Cam Newton situation. We've got a nice little break down for the Slate as the Big Ten, Big XII, ACC and the SEC all work their way into the spot light.
So we give Barrett and chance to show some range and get out of the south with the Slate, check the line up out folks:
Penn State - Ohio State
Oklahoma State - Texas
Mississippi State - Alabama
Iowa - Northwestern
Kansas State - Mizzou
Georgia - Auburn
Clemson - Florida State
Sakerlina - Florida
Joe Pa got his 400th win but now the Nittany Lions take on a Buckeye team that is fighting for their BCS at-large life and hoping Wisconsin trips up to give them a shot at the Big Ten title. Texas, now firmly dead last in the Big XII South, has another game that they've won on a regular basis but this time they're just hoping to avoid a blow out. Mack Brown's boys are truly in trouble and Gundy has the Cowboys in the lead for the Big XII South, this could be the season T. Boone has been waiting for. The Tide welcomes the Bulldogs and they've got the same number of losses, Bama's been humbled.
Iowa looks to get revenge on the fluke game they lost at home to Northwestern a season ago, as Barrett and I agree upon, the difference here is no James Vandenberg full Stanzi-Power. Mizzou is coming off a loss and if either of these squads wants to keep their Big XII North title pipe dreams alive they'll need a win here and a lot of prayer that Nebraska stumbles a couple times along the way.
The Dawgs and the Tigers play on a year by year basis in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, a game the Dawgs have won four straight times. This year Richt could use that trend continuing while Auburn must win this game to truly seal up their SEC West title. With all the Newton allegations swirling and people jumping all over the place Barrett Sallee and I take some time to get our thoughts on this situation out to the masses. We like Auburn to win the game but the Cam Newton discussion is what this talk really boils down to folks.
After the Newton aside we get to what is no longer "The Bowden Bowl" thanks to both guys being out of work. Now Swinney vs Fisher is up for grabs as the Tigers have somehow managed to claw their way back into the ACC Atlantic race and can grab some serious ground with a win over the Noles, in Tallahassee this weekend.
Sakerlina heading down to the Swamp and their psyche is their biggest enemy here. These Gamecocks are the seniors from the 2007 team that lost five in a row to finish 6-6 after climbing to #6 in the nation and not go to a bowl game. This group is the same squad that lost 56-6 in the Swamp in 2008 and the same team that dropped four of their final five in 2009 including a 20-7 Papajohns.com Bowl to UConn. They understand the swoon. They live the swoon. It will take a legitimate effort for the gang from Columbia to overcome this mental block and the fact that the Gators are hitting their stride offensively does not make this an easy task.
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