The chalk held in week 11 of the college football season, particularly in the SEC.
Now, barring a miracle, Alabama and Georgia are going to meet in Atlanta with everything on the line.
Neither the Crimson Tide or Bulldogs were caught napping in their traditional week 10 trap games, as both teams easily dispatched of Mississippi State and Auburn, respectively. Now only four teams separate the two from armageddon on December 1.
Georgia has to play UMass and Georgia Tech. Alabama has to play The Citadel and Auburn. Good luck to those four teams. They’ll need it. (RELATED: Alabama And Mississippi State Football Players Get Into Ugly Altercation. The Video Is Wild)
The one concern for the Crimson Tide in their latest shut-out win is the bad leg of Heisman front-runner Tua Tagovailoa. Tua has been forced to wear a leg brace for weeks and was forced out of Saturday’s game early in the fourth quarter, being replaced by third-string quarterback Mac Jones. Crimson Tide back-up quarterback Jalen Hurts is also dealing with an injury that has left him sidelined for the past few weeks.
The only thing that can stop Tua and the Alabama offense are injuries, but it certainly appears that Tua will have to play at less than full strength, at least until the college football playoff, and that could cause trouble for the Crimson Tide against Georgia.
Elsewhere around the league, 11th-ranked Kentucky was bludgeoned by Tennessee in a game that was never competitive. This game made clear that Kentucky is not nearly as good as they looked in September, but also that the Volunteers are on the way up.
Tennessee appears to have finally hired the right man for the job, and Vols head coach Jeremy Pruitt deserves serious consideration for SEC coach of the year. Tennessee currently sits at 5-5 on the season, needing just one win to make a bowl game in Pruitt’s first season, which would be a miraculous accomplishment, considering the mess of a program he inherited.
Pruitt appears to be another jewel in Nick Saban’s coaching tree.