Alabama – Win this game big and we roll forward until October. Lose it, and we go into MD with a lot of question marks. Saban’s D catches the line on their heels quite a bit. We win late. Biggest concern in this game is the potential of injury of an offensive “star.” Tigers win 20-17 but get a scare on a late Bama drive.
The Citadel – I guess we are doing this due to the Southern Conference tie in we have had for years. O gets nothing more than practice reps. We see what the offense may look like next year with Korn, Dye, and Harper on the field most of the second half. 48-9
N.C. State – They don’t have talent but I like O’Brien and his disciplinary style. They won’t upset us but we are fortunate to not face them later after the QB situation is straightened out. We commit many more mistakes but have much more talent to compensate. Hopefully the team learns from this and corrects the mistake before October. State ends up being the conference dark-horse. 35-10
S.C. State – First time the Bulldogs come to Death Valley. Big game and they surprise some folks with some athleticism in the first half but don’t capitalize by having a worse special teams performance than out last trip to BC. Tigers begin pulling away just before the half. Why can’t we get it all on track for a full game? 33-3
Maryland – The Fridge comes to town and shocks the Tiger’s. BCS hopes go down the drain. O-Line pushes around our young guys and takes advantage of the lack of experience in the LB core. Comes down to a late FG by the bad guys. 17-20
Wake Forest – Everyone is looking for a defensive stalemate but this ends up being a shootout under the lights in Winston. Riley Skinner dinks and dunks the Deacs down the field to go along with a little option running game. We keep it interesting with big plays but no sustained drives. Tiger’s pull off another late victory in Winston. 42-35 in one of the most entertaining ESPN Thursday games in sometime.
Georgia Tech – What the hell is this offense we are playing against? D stays confused and the offense watches in wonder instead of getting their crap together. Tigers win only because of the home field advantage. Tigers prevail 24-17 but the media starts questioning the Top 15 ranking.
Boston College – It’s cold but won’t matter. Tiger’s exact revenge in front of a crowd that is nearly 25% Orange on the road. I’ll be there to observe. We show the running game everyone expected as the Line has finally gelled a bit and a few nagging, stupid injuries from the I-AA games have healed. BC is young and inexperienced and the Tigers come in looking to prove their worth. 38-10
Florida State – The streak in Doak Campbell ends for the Tigers. Daddy wins one after the ‘Noles have had the chance to get their offense truly together under Fischer’s reign. Different story if this game is played in September instead of SC State. Tigers come home with their heads down. 17-27
Duke – Cutcliffe does wonders with QBs and they have had a few decent recruits, all things considered. Doesn’t matter as the Tiger’s are dominant, and should be. At least it doesn’t look like a lopsided high school game like it was in Durham. 38-12
Virginia – I hate UVA, I hate UVA, I hate UVA. Their D isn’t as stout but we never handle teams with good TEs on the other side of the ball. This is much closer than it’s supposed to be, going into OT for no good reason. Tigers suffer a critical injury that hurts going into USCe and the post season. Tigers escape: 20-17
South Carolina – Stevie boy wins three quarters of this game with an astounding D performance then the Visor throwing begins. Tiger fans snap out of the post Thanksgiving snooze to energize the O to put up 21 in the 4th (starting with a drive late in the 3rd). Spurrier almost refuses to walk to midfield to shake hands as the loss puts the Cocks on the fence of a bowl bid after going through two quarterbacks in the 4th quarter following a Hamlin interception. Tiger W 28-24.
FSU takes the division title by way of a tie-breaker over us in Tallahassee. Tigers go to the Gator as the third team in the conference by way of the Championship game being moved to Tampa.
Final Record 10-2 (8-2 against Bowl Division teams) and play South Florida in the bowl.