The old Portuguese maxim goes, "Lucky in love, unlucky in gambling." Last week we experienced the corollary. We went 3-0 in our conference picks last weekend, bringing our season-long ledger up to 13-10. But that certainly didn't make up for the heart-breaking, season-ending injury to Aaron Murray. He's a DGD, and I hate the way that his career at Georgia ended. But he still leaves as Georgia's all-time leader in every important passing category, and, frankly, it was an apt ending to this terrible, horrible, no good, very bad season.
All that's left for 2013 is what the World Wide Leader is calling Rivalry Week. While many of our conference coevals do indeed meet important historical rivals this week, we face a historical aberration by ending our season with our annual curb-stomping of our classless, nerdy little brother. We'll all be watching it out of obligation, but nearly everyone else will be watching this weekend's SEC Games of Interest: the Iron Bowl (No. 1 Alabama (-10.5) at No. 4 Auburn) and the Palmetto Bowl (No. 6 Clemson at No. 10 South Carolina (-5)).
The picks: Alabama -10.5 and Clemson +5
Why you should care: Because there's no spread on the Florida-Florida State game. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. But, seriously, the Iron Bowl is one of the bitterest rivalries in the country, and the South Carolina's recent resurgence under the Ol' Ball Coach has made the Palmetto Bowl competitive.
Rationale: We're not going to over-think things here. We're just picking the best team in each game. Alabama is the best team in the country, and they've beaten everyone but Texas A&M by at least 3 TDs. Auburn struggled with Mississippi State, lost to an LSU squad that Bama dominated, and barely beat our bad luck Bulldogs on a last-second, miraculous Hail Mary. Bama wins by at least 2 TDs.
Clemson beat us when we were at nearly full strength exactly one week before we handled South Carolina. Clemson has handled everyone else they've played except FSU, who's pretty clearly the second best team in the country. South Carolina struggled to beat Florida and lost to Tennessee. Jadeveon Clowney could single-handedly take over this game, but, even acknowledging that, getting points to pick an otherwise better team is too juicy to pass up.