It was a slow weekend in Gamecock country, coach Steve Spurrier said.
South Carolina got its first off weekend of the season, and there was no off-field drama, Spurrier said Sunday on his weekly teleconference. So, let’s take this Monday morning to talk about my Associated Press ballot. It may not be everyone’s favorite subject, considering South Carolina is not in it at the moment, but I still feel the need to defend one of the my picks.
That being Arkansas. Not only am I the only voter in the country with the Razorbacks ranked, I’ve got them No. 16 in the nation. Yes, I realize Arkansas is 0-3 in the SEC. Yes, I realize Bret Bielema is 0-11 in the SEC as the Razorbacks head coach.
But hear me out. Arkansas has lost to Auburn, Texas A&M and Alabama. Against the Aggies and the Crimson Tide, the Razorbacks were the better team on the field much of the day but were undone by critical errors at terrible times. Arkansas has won its other three games this year by an average of more than 40 points.
You heard it here first, and really this is the only place you’re hearing it right now, Arkansas is going to be big trouble for Georgia in Little Rock on Satuday.
On the flip side, it is nice to have some company on the Mississippi State bandwagon. Last week, I was one of two voters who had the Bulldogs ranked No. 1 in the nation. This week, there are 45 of us, thanks to Mississippi State’s thrashing of Auburn.
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