A happy posthumous Thanksgiving to everyone reading this! I'd like to throw a big Wassup to all of 90% Mental's zombie readers. That aside, I'm happy, warm, and full of turkey - who says there's no Thanksgiving in the UK? As long as there are Americans, there will be Thanksgiving.
Of course, Thanksgiving means rivalries. This week's games are insanely important to many college football fans. And I do mean insanely. How else do you explain something like this?
Odds from USA Today.
Clemson -3 against South Carolina
South Carolina just plain isn't as good as the Tigers; while Spurrier is continuing to improve the Gamecocks, they don't have the talent yet to match up against a very solid Clemson team.
Florida -13.5 against Florida State
The Gators have won their last three games by an average of 25.3 points, and now they're getting Percy Harvin and Maurkice Pouncey back from injury.
Tennessee -2.5 against Kentucky
The Vols can go to the SEC championship game with a win. They won't blow their chance against a slumping Wildcats team.
Georgia -3.5 against Georgia Tech
It's not that I don't trust Chan Gailey - it's just that I don't trust Chan Gailey. Seriously - if he handed me a hamburger from a McDonald's drive-through window, I'd check to make sure that it had pickles before I pulled back onto the road.
Auburn -6 against Alabama
Despite whatever 9/11 or Pearl Harbor speeches he might make, Saban's Crimson Tide are in deep trouble. They won't get out of trouble this week.
Boise State +4 against Hawaii
Hawaii has skated the thin edge of disaster all season, with overtime games against Louisiana Tech and San Jose State. Either team could go to a BCS game with a win; the SmurfTurfians, even on the road, get the edge based on their experience from last year.
Kansas -2 against Missouri
The Tigers have only been seriously tested once this year; in that game, they lost to Oklahoma. The Jayhawks have won three games by 10 or fewer points. Kansas wins a close one, but doesn't get past Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game.
Last week: 2-5