Zzzzz…. Hey! What’s that? Oh, sorry. I dozed off there for a bit. It’s just that these last couple of weeks have felt a lot like the season’s first couple of weeks. Lackluster opposition, even lackluster-er offense, and now we don’t even have the anticipation of 12 weeks of football ahead.
Yes, the 2012 Florida Football season ends with a handful of snoozers before the big finale in Tallahassee, but this weekend will only be boring if you like watching football in a vacuum. There’s plenty to watch:
- SATURDAY: LA-Lafayette at Florida, 12:21 p.m. ET. These aren’t the Louisianas you’re looking for… That was Monroe who beat Arkansas and took Auburn to overtime – although at this point that doesn’t seem as cool as it did two months ago. Actually Lafayette beat Monroe just last week, so, transitive properties! Still, this is a bad team and Florida fans can take a breather early Saturday afternoon. Just sit back and watch to see how bad our offense really is.
- SATURDAY: Georgia at Auburn, 7 p.m. ET. If Georgia loses, the Gators go to Atlanta. Look guys, stranger things have happened. I’m old enough to remember when Florida played at Auburn every other year. We did that for something like 80 years before the SEC adjusted the schedule and did away with the two permanent cross-division rivals. In something like 40 games at Auburn, Florida won something like six times — including the 90s. Point is, Jordan-Hare is not an easy place to play. Of course, without exaggerating, this is the worst Auburn team probably ever. Still, they play ‘em for a reason. Win one for the Chizzer.
- SATURDAY: Texas A&M at Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET. Watch Johnny Football run circles around Alabama while occasionally peeking at the box score from the Gators-Aggies game. Ignore the fact that it was his first ever collegiate game, tell yourself how much better our defense is than Alabama’s, and wish Jarvis Jones a long and happy career in the NFL beginning AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
- TONIGHT: Florida State at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET. You might be thinking, “my, how fortuitous that our Gators have what amounts to three weeks off before facing the vaunted Seminoles.” While that is helpful, the Noles, as usual, have enjoyed 11 weeks off prior to their game against the Gators. Their toughest game was at home against Clemson. Clemson! Jimbo and his boys might argue that their toughest game was at NC State, but they would be wrong. Nobody should ever lose to NC State. If you’re like me, you probably haven’t seen much of FSU this year because LOLACC. Tune in tonight to see just what we’re up against.
I’ll be in New Orleans for a bachelor party this weekend (we decided to treat UL-Lafayette as a bye week) so I may not get to see a lot of football through all the oysters and hand grenades and strippers and whatnot. While I’m there I plan to locate some Sugar Bowl officials and make our case for a bid. In order to do so, I’ll need lots of money (gotta show ‘em we Gators will spend lots of money in town!), so hit me up on Twitter if you would like to send a donation to the Balled Out Gators In The Sugar Bowl Fund.