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On with Kentucky

It's Kentucky week. And you know what that means - BLUEGRASS MIRACLE TIME!!! Rejoice:

Better with the radio call, with Jim Hawthorne in a drunken stupor confusing the very black Devery Henderson with our very white safety Jack Hunt. Apologies, no link on that one.

We have the answer regarding why Charles Scott didn't play on Saturday: the freshmen running backs were hurt.

"He (Scott) was a little nicked during the practice week," Miles said Monday. "That cost him some playing time, considering that he didn't get a lot of the practice reps."

Some playing time? I believe it cost him the entire game's worth of playing time. Dandy Don wrote on Monday that he knew before the game that Scott had a concussion and had been asked by the coaches not to say anything. Concussion, "little nicked," same thing I guess.

We may have a new punt returner. Anything's better than what we've had thus far. I'd even be happy with Chevis if he'd just return a punt when no one's within 20 yards of him.

It's definitely odd how many people complain that Les Miles isn't fiery enough. One would think Bill Belichick's dominance of the NFL with that perpetual stone cold emotionless look on his face would give some credit to the subdued approach. Also, some discussion in that article of whether we can be a BCS team with a 10-2 record. Notwithstanding the fact that I think 10 wins (i.e. running the table) is beyond the capabilities of this team, let's examine the history of two loss teams in the BCS:

  • 1998 season:
    • Syracuse (8-3, Big East champ - automatic bid)

    • Texas A&M (11-2, Big 12 champ)

    • Florida (9-2, at large)

  • 1999 season:
    • Wisconsin (9-2, Big 10 champ)

    • Stanford (8-3, Pac 10 champ)

    • Alabama (10-2, SEC champ)

    • Michigan (9-2, at large)

    • Tennessee (9-2, at large)

  • 2000 season:
    • Purdue (8-3, Big 10 champ)

    • Florida (10-2, SEC champ)

    • Notre Dame (9-2, at large)

  • 2001 season:
    • Colorado (10-2, Big 12 champ)

    • LSU (9-3, SEC champ)

    • Florida (9-2, at large)

  • 2002 season:
    • Florida State (9-4, ACC champ)

    • Oklahoma (11-2, Big 12 champ)

    • Washington State (10-2, Pac 10 champ)

    • USC (10-2, Pac 10 champ)

  • 2003 season:
    • Florida State (10-2, ACC Champ)

    • Miami (10-2, Big East champ)

    • Michigan (10-2, Big 10 champ)

    • Kansas State (11-3, Big 12 champ)

    • Ohio State (10-2, at large)

  • 2004 season:
    • Virginia Tech (10-2, ACC champ)

    • Pittsburgh (8-3, Big East champ)

    • Michigan (9-2, Big 10 champ)

  • 2005 season:
    • Florida State (8-4, ACC champ)

    • Georgia (10-2, SEC champ)

    • Ohio State (9-2, at large)

    • Notre Dame (9-2, at large)

So yeah, I guess there is still a pretty good shot for a 2 loss team to make it. I just highly doubt that team will be LSU. The AP voters certainly have been favorable enough to us to leave us at 14th, which could put us in contention for an at large spot in the unlikely event we run the table (whether or not we wind up in the SEC championship game on account of a 3-way tie and whatnot). Meanwhile, Scott Ferrell over at the Bayou Bengals Blog mentioned "recent history" as ruling out our chances as the last 3 SEC champs have had fewer than 2 losses. Conveniently forgotten is that, almost immediately prior to those three years, there were three consecutive 2 loss SEC champs - one of which was our very own Tigers.