OK, let's be fair to Lane Kiffin, the Tennessee coach that's commonly been on the butt end of jokes around here.
He had a pretty good idea during an off-season of follies.
In the spirit of true throwback uniforms, he asked the SEC if the Volunteers could wear their home orange in Tuscaloosa to face Alabama in its home crimson.
Just typing that makes me think of great teams of the '40s, when alternate uniforms weren't exactly en vogue (sorry, Oregon).
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But 'Bama A.D. Mal Moore acted as if it were in violation of United Nations policy to do such a thing. He denied the request, saying "it is our desire to maintain the custom of the visiting team wearing the visiting jerseys."
Yawn. A tip of the cap to this rivalry's tradition wouldn't have opened Pandora's box, Mal.
Kiffin had this one right.
Because they have the SEC's blessing, the Vols could still wear orange this week. But they'd be subject to a 15-yard penalty to begin each half.
Kiffin says his team isn't good enough for that.
What do you know? He's right again. He's on a roll.
He was a Heisman candidate before last week. After a 246-yard day against South Carolina, he's the Heisman leader.
Arkansas is 3-3 and is in last in the West, but Petrino has a good team and it still believes in itself. The Hogs played well enough to beat Florida.
Lot of people were wondering about USC's 210-pound linebacker. He responded with an 11-tackle, one-interception day against Alabama.
Officials make mistakes; that's natural. But these knee-jerk personal foul
calls in crucial moments have to stop. There's no excuse for them. These
after-the-fact apologies are just slaps in the face to the losing teams.
Did anyone think the Gators would miss a beat without Percy Harvin? Well,
they are. They're using a tight end in many of the same ways they used
Harvin. That's never good.
Gus Malzahn's fall from grace was a quick one. Managing 95 passing yards
against Kentucky's banged-up secondary? Yuck. Giving up 282 rushing yards wasn't much better. It was the 'Cats' first win against Tigers since 1966.
By the numbers
Number of players with more rushing yards than Ingram in a single game at Bryant-Denny.
Touchdowns given up the past two weeks by Alabama, to Ole Miss and South Carolina.
Number of catches for Julio Jones against Gamecocks. (Jones has 13 this year in seven games.)
He said it
"I feel it around the office. We want to play perfect because the expectation level is to play at an extremely high level." - Florida coach Urban Meyer on the Gators dealing with pressure