While the COVID plagues continues its slow, interminable crawl through our lives, the college football season seems to be passing very rapidly. We’re at the halfway point this week. Most teams play 12 games in 13 weeks, and there’s a week 14 with conference title games. My teams are better than expected, and we got the glorious end to The Evil Empire’s 147-game winning streak last week. Let’s roll on through this mid-season slate.

‘Bama at Misipi St – With the loss last week, Saban is now only 325-1 against his former assistants. He’s already wound too tightly as it is (I used to call him Coach Clinched Butt-Cheeks), and I feel bad for those poor guys who had to endure his practices this week. I feel even worse for the hapless opponent. The Evil Empire 49, Jerry Clower U 7

Kentucky at Georgia – Kentucky is 6-0 for the first time since 1950. Everyone in the state is beside themselves with delight. But this is an entirely different opponent. After this is over, I hope no one starts any “UK IS A FRAUD!” talk. This team is probably going to a January 1 bowl game. But I have a hard time seeing anyone stopping UGA from winning every game, including the national championship game. Big Ol’ Hairy Dawgs 37, Briars 9

Florida at LSU – It’s the battle of the SEC’s most under-achieving schools. Although they did just lose a home game, it’s hard to see that happening to this set of Tigers again. On the other hand, these Tigers are very short on playmakers. Lizards 24, LSU 17

Texas A&M at Missouri – This is the classic trap game, where a team coming off a huge win gets complacent. In this case, I think the complacency factor is greatly reduced by having more big-play guys to ensure they have everything covered. A&M 31, Mizzou 21

Vanderbilt at South Carolina – This isn’t where Touchdown Jesus hangs out, is it, Coach? Fightin’ Chickens 26, Vandy 10

Misipi at Tennessee – After that barnburner in Oxford, Misipi heads to Rocky Top, where UT seems to have found its footing. I think there’s just a little more firepower with the road team. Misipi 34, Rocky Medium 28

Auburn at Ar-Kansas – Three weeks ago, I was certain this would not only be a loss, but a blowout loss. But Auburn has made just enough plays on defense to stay in games, and the benching seems to have given Nix some new focus. It will be high scoring, but I think there’s just enough there to go into the bye week on a high note. WAR EAGLE 33, Pigs 30

BYE WEEK at Charlotte – My feelings about the FIU game were pretty much accurate, except it was 80-yard passing touchdowns they kept breaking to stay in the game. We actually only gave up 100 yards on the ground. Hopefully, the coaches can come up with something during this schedule break that can plug some of those holes on defense. The CBS Sports Network color guy said at the end of the FIU game that all 6 of Charlotte’s remaining games are winnable. I still think there’s no chance we beat WKU or Marshall, but there certainly is a path to 8 wins. We’ll see how we’re progressing next week when the other C-USA team in Miami comes calling. 49ers 0, BYE WEEK 0

Last week’s record: 5-3

Season: 51-17

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