In light of the Georgia Bulldogs’ placement on the S-curve, the Fox Hounds need two things to happen. First of all, and most obviously, the Red and Black need to win. Secondly, though, it would help if some other teams did what we needed them to do, as well.
Bulldog Nation has rooting interests in the following contests:
Illinois Fighting Illini at Purdue Boilermakers (7:00 tonight on ESPN): The Illini are on the nine line, so it would be beneficial to the Athenians for Illinois to tumble. Go Boilers!
Alabama Crimson Tide at Florida Gators (7:00 tonight on ESPNU): The Sunshine State Saurians’ position is secure, but the Tide’s is precarious. A ‘Bama win in Gainesville would heighten the value of whatever happens when the Bulldogs travel to Tuscaloosa this weekend. Plus, a Gator loss objectively is a good thing on its merits. Roll Tide!
Vanderbilt Commodores at Kentucky Wildcats (9:00 tonight on ESPN): I’m conceding second and third place in the division to the Music City Mariners and the Bluegrass State Bobcats, so I want Georgia’s win over Kentucky to be as valuable as possible. Hence, go ‘Cats!
Boston College Eagles at Virginia Tech Hokies (9:00 tonight on ESPNU): Chris Dobbertean projects VPI as a ten seed and BC as a bubble team. I’d rather see the Hokies fall and take my chances with Boston College’s corresponding rise. Go Eagles!
Iowa Hawkeyes at Michigan St. Spartans (6:30 tomorrow on the Big Ten Network): Sparty shares the eleven line with the Fox Hounds, so Georgia would benefit directly from a Michigan State loss. Go Hawkeyes!
UAB Blazers at Southern Miss. Golden Eagles (7:00 tomorrow on CSS) and Colorado Buffaloes at Iowa St. Cyclones (7:30 tomorrow on Iowa State Sports/ESPN3/Full Court): I’m tying these two together because they’re in the same category for our purposes. Georgia’s two best non-conference wins were over Colorado and UAB. Therefore, go Buffs and go Blazers!
There, in a nutshell, is a handy guide to your rooting interests over the next couple of days . . . and I didn’t even ask vineyarddawg to root against the Duke Blue Devils! Hopefully, tomorrow night’s game against the LSU Tigers will get out of hand in a good way and allow us to keep one eye on those other scores of interest.