Today, in when pundits fantasize

So, which of these two scenarios do you find more likely?

Scenario A:

 

Scenario B:

What comes next will determine whether this becomes a really good season or a great one. It’s Alabama, after all, which hasn’t lost to UT since Nick Saban took over the Tide in time for the 2007 season. But with this one being played in Neyland Stadium and ESPN’s “GameDay” crew in the house, make it Tennessee 27, Alabama 21 — and number of unlit victory cigars returned to Tuscaloosa 115 or so.

The problem with big victories is how you handle them. Because of that, the Vols catch a scheduling break in that the next two games after Alabama come on the road at woeful Arkansas, then home against the SEC team UT owns like no other — Kentucky.

This is not to say that neither of those teams absolutely, positively can’t beat the Big Orange. Just that they won’t. So if you’re doing the math, the Vols will arrive at Georgia’s Sanford Stadium on Nov. 14 with a 9-0 record, a Top 10 ranking (No. 4) and dreams of a College Football Playoff berth dancing in their heads.

Fortunately for UT, the Dawgs will arrive at this one more physically and mentally drained than the Vols, having just faced Florida in Jacksonville and South Carolina in Columbia. Once again, UT wins 24-22 to keep its date with the SEC title game alive.

The final two regular-season games are anticlimactic. Troy at home. Vanderbilt in Nashville, with 80% of the crowd clad in pale orange. What awaits is an SEC title game against Auburn. What awaits is a loss made tougher to swallow by Auburn true freshman defensive lineman Jay Hardy, the former McCallie School star who shockingly said no to the Big Orange, twice sacking Guarantano in the final quarter.

Still, 12-1 and heading to the Sugar Bowl is nothing to feel bad about.

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48 responses to “Today, in when pundits fantasize

  1. C) None of the above

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  2. Mayor

    Scenario 3: The Dawgs wax Bama in T-town, beat the crap out of FU in JAX and clobber UT on the way to 12-0 regular season and beat ATM in the SECCG. Ranked #1 they play OU in the first round of the playoff and dispatch the Sooners by a TD. Then the Dawgs play Ohio State (which beat Clemson) in the championship game.

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  3. jt10mc (the other one)

    Well…

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  4. Biggus Rickus

    Florida emerging with only one loss is a hell of a lot more likely than Tennessee winning at Oklahoma, let alone going 12-0. I do appreciate that he got so specific as to mention a kid who didn’t sign with them sacking Guarantano twice in the fourth quarter of the SEC title game.

    My prediction is that Georgia will intercept exactly two Guarantano passes, gain 257 yards rushing and beat Tennessee 43-10. It will be made all the sweeter by a botched conversion snap turning into a two-point conversion after Georgia’s third touchdown, when Camarda breaks four tackles to get into the end zone.

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  5. Will (the other one)

    Both are about as likely as Margot Robbie or Kate Beckinsale showing up at my front door demanding I go on a date with them. On the same day I win the lottery.

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  6. David K

    I remember how I would map out dream season scenarios for the Dawgs. How we’d finally somehow manage to win it all. All the pieces would fall into place! Kregg Lumpkin or Jasper Sanks could win the Heisman! Rinse and repeat. Spring is eternal as a mid-tier SEC program with Championship history.

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  7. “Still, 12-1 and heading to the Sugar Bowl is nothing to feel bad about.”
    “And while we’re at it. I’d like a pony.”
    FIFH

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  8. Bigshot

    Pretty far-fetched as far as I’m concerned. A lot of if , ands, and buts.

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  9. Doug

    As long as we’re talking about scenarios with zero chance of actually happening, I demand someone publish my column about me leading the Georgia Bulldogs to a Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots, then proposing to a delighted Elizabeth Debicki as I accept my MVP trophy.

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  10. What is with the SEC network promoting basketball ( UGA vs SC ) games with the song playing behind the video has the lyrics of “aint no niggah like me no more?”

    SEC NOW Wed Feb 26 @ 9:15am.

    I am old and I find that disrespectful.

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  11. TN Dawg

    Good Lord.

    If I was forced to select one, Scenario A is more likely, as it assumes things hold to form for the most part.

    Scenario B has Tennessee beating Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Oklahoma, ESPN’s SP+ 1, 4, 7 & 8.

    That’s just insanity.

    I’d say it was mental masturbation, but sometimes you actually wind up sleeping with the girl you fantasize about, so that would be an insult to masturbation.

    Florida loses 3. UT loses 4. Bama loses 2.

    UGA plays for the NC, and barring a fake punt…who knows.

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  12. practicaldawg

    I like that UF’s pie in the sky scenario still includes a loss in Jax. My how times have changed (for the better).

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  13. spur21

    My first thought – Pigs + Wings = Flight.

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  14. Go Dawgs!

    Kyle Trask?! HEISMAN?! The Kyle Trask that plays quarterback for Florida? For the Heisman Trophy that goes to college football’s best player?

    I’d buy Florida in the playoff a lot sooner than I’d ever buy that. Jesus H.

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    • Go Dawgs!

      Also, I love the fact that the Times Free Press dude wrote every Tennessee fan’s fever dream of a 12-0 season (with zero justification explaining how it could actually happen beyond, “hey wouldn’t this be neat”) and still couldn’t bring himself to predict a win in the SEC Championship Game.

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  15. Muttley

    So Alabama beats Georgia twice and wins the SEC, and that somehow vaults Florida over them and into the playoffs?

    Guy needs to pee in a cup before he writes again.

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  16. BosnianDawg

    After reading this, I’m going to have to reconsider my stance on legalizing marijuana. Clearly it’s more dangerous than I was aware of.

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  17. Napoleon BonerFart

    I like how the Tennessee fan admitted that, while he was predicting a Tennessee win over Alabama, it was within the realm of possibility that Alabama would beat Tennessee.

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    • spur21

      I hope they keep feeding the fire. There is nothing better than seeing UT and UF having their dreams shattered before the middle of November.

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  18. Paul

    Apparently, I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

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  19. Mick Jagger

    Some good quality stuff being grown in Colorado right now ….. obviously!

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    • FlyingPeakDawg

      Weed. It’s what is for breakfast, lunch and dinner out here plus your shampoo, tea, vitamins and anything else you can think of.

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  20. J-Dawg

    The only way either of those scenarios happen is on Planet X in an alternate Universe.

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