SPORTS ILLUSTRATED IS out with a cover story this week that breaks the following ground: The SEC is the best.
Wow, hand SI the Pulitzer now.
Let's see: Eight of the 30 biggest stadiums in the country - pro or college - are in the SEC, the league likely is working on its fourth straight national champion and the NFL might as well refer to the SEC as its main feeder league.
To which we now say: It's been a great run, SEC. But now it's over. You're about to be hit by the Sports Illustrated cover jinx.
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Florida and Alabama, seemingly on the verge of meeting for the right to play in the BCS title game, will lose their next six games.
By next year, Tim Tebow will be in a biker gang. Nick Saban will declare his allegiance to Alabama - and given his track record, he'll be gone a week later. Someone will hire Ron Zook.
Stadiums will start to go empty due to the economy, swine flu and an unfortunate spate of shark attacks. CBS and ESPN will find a loophole in their SEC deal, turning their Saturday afternoon schedules over to badminton.
Think this is all impossible doom and gloom? Ask Jevan Snead, regional SI coverboy in August. The Sept. 14 cover was Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant. His team lost the next week, and Bryant was ruled ineligible three weeks later. I could go on and on.
Fear this day, SEC fans. Fear it mightily.
South Carolina at Alabama (-17): When this line opened at 17, it seemed inevitable that it would decrease. But it didn't. Well, I trust Ellis Johnson and his floppy hats to keep it out of blowout territory. Pick: USC covers, but Alabama wins.
Wake Forest at Clemson (-7): Dabo Swinney claims he only overruled Billy Napier on five play calls, the choice of glazed donuts in the office and the decision to DVR "Mad Men" instead of "Glee." Pick: Wake Forest covers, but Clemson wins.
Southern California (-10) at Notre Dame: Joe Theisman will appear at a pre-game pep rally for Notre Dame. Making the counter-argument for Southern Cal? Lawrence Taylor. Pick: Notre Dame covers, but Southern Cal wins.
Texas (-3.5) vs. Oklahoma: Let's take a flyer here. Pick: Oklahoma wins.
Virginia Tech (-3.5) at Georgia Tech: Let's not take a flyer here. Pick: Virginia Tech wins.
Arkansas at Florida (-25): Definitely no flyer here. Pick: Florida covers.
Georgia (-8.5) at Vanderbilt: Georgia cornerback Vance Cuff was cited on a misdemeanor charge of "emerging from an alley" and driving with a suspended license. You know, the embattled Georgia coaching staff has to be encouraged that their players are getting arrested again. Pick: Georgia covers.
The rest: Auburn (-13.5) covers against Kentucky. ... Boston College (-2.5) covers against N.C. State. ... Maryland beats Virginia (-4). ... Central Florida covers, but Miami (-14.5) wins. ... Mississippi (-22) covers against UAB. ... Mississippi State (-4) covers against Middle Tennessee State. ... California (-3.5) covers against UCLA. ... Wisconsin (-2.5) covers against Iowa.
Last week: 9-6 vs. spread, 11-4 overall.
Season: 49-40 vs. spread, 69-21 overall.