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Happy Days are here again


By Paul Richardson zipcode36862@yahoo.com

It’s been a long time coming. The days seemed to drag by slower than a kid waiting on Christmas. But at last, that time of the year is here again, time to get out the grill, the cooler, the snacks and goodies, load up the kiddies and head to the stadium to tailgate and meet old friends.

Football season is here again!

For those suffering in agony as they await the first kickoff, the fall of the year is like a breath of fresh air, a kick in the pants, cold water in the face, even though it is near one hundred degrees. By the time season ends, the weather will be brutally cold, below freezing. But the real fan does not care.

For the Auburn faithful, the season opener on CBS (Channel 3) is against Louisville in the Chick-fil-a kickoff game in the Georgia Dome at 2:30 pm on September 5th.

The next early season Auburn game to be televised on CBS will be two weeks later against the LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge on September 19th, also at 2:30 pm. It will be the SEC opener for both programs.

The last time Auburn and LSU played a day game in Baton Rouge was 2011, when top-ranked LSU Tigers beat No. 19 Auburn, 45-10. Auburn has not defeated LSU on the road since 1999, when it won, 41-7, in another rare day game at Tiger Stadium. This is the announced scheduled as of this week, but keep in mind, schedules and times are subject to change.

The first televised Alabama game will be September 5th against Wisconsin on ABC (Channel 9)

After reeling off seven consecutive national college football championships from 2006 to 2012, the SEC has now gone two years without winning the title.

And what are the odds of your favorite SEC team winning the Championship this season?

Here’s what the experts (sometimes referred to as the bookies) predict.

Alabama , once again favored to win the SEC but the 5 to 2 odds of an SEC championship is nothing compared to Ohio State’s odds of 1 in 2 to win the Big Ten again.

Alabama is the second choice to win the national championship in 2015 at odds of 15/2. Ohio State is favored to repeat at odds of 3 to 1.

Auburn – is the second choice to win the SEC in 2015 at odds of 15/4. Auburn is fourth in the national championship odds at 12 to 1.

Georgia is the third choice in the betting to win the SEC at odds of 5 to 1.

LSU is the co-fourth choice at odds of 8 to 1, tied with Tennessee and Ole Miss also at 8 to 1.

Arkansas is listed as the number 7 favorite, with odds of 10-1.

Next are the Missouri Tigers at 12 to 1, followed by Mississippi State also at 12 to 1, Texas A&M at 15 to 1 odds, Florida at 18 to 1, South Carolina at 25 to 1, Kentucky at 75 to 1, and poor old Vanderbilt at the bottom of the SEC list at 100 to 1.

Personally I’m not one to tailgate or fight the crowds on game day. But come kickoff time and I’m hunkered down in front of my TV, I dare the telephone to even ring. Over the years a lot of people who did not know the rules got their feelings hurt on game day.

Roll Tide, now and forever! (zipcode36862@yahoo.com for comments)