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As we head into the bye week, my psyche and my liver want to thank the scheduling gods.

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This is a lovely picture of some turning leaves...perhaps maple? Yes, deciduous trees are the best trees and the bye weekend is nearly upon us. Then, all hell breaks loose...

Anyone got anything cool planned this weekend, other than watch Auburn and LSU mash it up at 3:30? This is perhaps the most important bye week we’ve had in a few seasons for a myriad of reasons. Some guys need the next several days to heal-up. I think the fan base needs to exhale a bit as well as we get ready for a challenging November run.

On to some newsy notes and tiddly bits...or bites.

In the “well, that sucks” department: Arik Gilbert commits to Alabama LSU. This is a complete shocker for Alabama (and, LSU) and is proof that the Saban dynasty is about to crumble. Or, not. I do think our staff did everything they could to sway him. We’re still in it for Darnell Washington who ain’t exactly chopped liver. We need some tight ends. And a game plan that utilizes them.

Lawrence Cager is a pretty important piece of our offensive puzzlement puzzle, but Kirby says he’s “day to day.” The Red & Black has a Wednesday recap on this and other going’s on with the team. Feel better, Lawrence.

On that note, Seth Emerson over at The Athletic ($$) has a good piece on how to perhaps fix what ails the receiving corps.

November’s schedule is tough and suddenly an old song popped into my head:

The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead |
When the skies of November turn gloomy
- Gordon Lightfoot, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

If we can somehow re-constitute on offense and get through next weekend...perhaps November will behave.

The Senator posted this rebuttal to Greg Sankey’s defense of SEC officiating, which had a very bad weekend. I couldn’t agree more. It seems there are maybe 2 SEC crews that are “not horrible,” and the rest are just sucktastic. I shudder to think what awaits us in Jacksonville.

Rival’s Georgia site has their weekly podcast up, featuring the always entertaining former Georgia coach Jim Donnan. He ain’t a’skeered of no booger eatin’ Gator.

Fair pay for play may be coming to a state very near and dear to you and I.

Okay, folks. That’s all I’ve got for this morning. I’m about to eat some egg whites and drink black coffee as I am training for the title of Mr. Broward County 2020. I got the Thighmaster out of storage and am supremely motivated. I sure could go for a honey bun, though.

As Always, GO DAWGS!