Top 5 Tailgating Tips from Saturday: Alabama vs. LSU
Tailgating Expert: Christie Leigh Mueller
1. A shirt from the Shirt Shop. Every Bama Belle found on campus the Friday before kickoff had on a pair of Nike shorts and an oversized T-shirt from The Shirt Shop. I understand the need to be comfy on Friday before being at “prom” all day on Saturday!
2. Houndstooth. The easiest way to identify an Alabama fan is by the houndstooth they are wearing. Thanks to Bear Bryant, men, women, and children can be spotted as loyal fans of the Crimson Tide with this festive black and white pattern sold wherever Bama gear is available.
3. A sign about grass. No tailgate was complete without some sort of sign about Les Miles eating grass! With LSU’s victory, I’m guessing Coach Miles likes the grass in Bryant Denny Stadium.
4. Bama Décor. Looks like the Alabama fans made some trips to Swoozie’s before heading to Tuscaloosa. Tailgates throughout The Quad were adorably decorated with team-themed napkins and plates and all delicatessens were served on Roll Tide platters!
5. Coaches Shrines. The University of Alabama has no shortage of legendary coaches with national title victories next to their names. Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant and Gene Stallings have earned a beautiful bronze statue in front of the stadium. Nick Saban also has won a title while at Alabama and his new statue was both the talk of the town and a photo op for fans.
SEC Updates – Week Ten
1. For what many were calling the biggest game of the Century…the LSU/Alabama game proved it deserved all of the hype. BCS-ranked #1 and #2 went head to head against each other in Tuscaloosa on Saturday night. This extremely tight game went into overtime and LSU defeated Bama 9-6 after Bama’s kickers went 2-6 in for the day. LSU has proved that they deserve the number one spot and Les Miles is the coach to beat!
2. Arkansas proved to be the stronger team, beating the South Carolina Gamecocks 44-28. For every point South Carolina would score, Arkansas would answer with two. Arkansas is destined for a decent bowl game this year.
3. Tick…tick…tick. The clock is about to run out on the Houston Nutt era in Oxford. Saturday’s 30-13 loss to Kentucky certainly didn’t appease an angry fan base. The Rebels have not won a SEC game since Oct. 2, 2010. Ole Miss closes out 2011 with home dates against Louisiana Tech and LSU, followed by the Egg Bowl against Mississippi State.
4. Vandy, Vandy, Vandy! So close, but no cigar seems to be a recurring theme (or nightmare) for Vanderbilt. The Commodores traveled to the Swamp and held tough with the Gators but could not pull out a victory at the end of the game. Florida squeaked by Vanderbilt 26-21.
5. Georgia Coach Mark Richt has experienced a lot of heat this season as GA has been a little less productive than expected. They certainly did not show that this week. It reminded me of watching the Alabama vs. Ole Miss game earlier this year as GA pummeled New Mexico State 63-16. Looks like Richt is holding onto his coaching gig much more that Houston Nutt at Ole Miss!
ACC Updates – Week Ten
1. The hot topic of the week in the ACC was a battle before the game between NC State and UNC head coaches Tom O’Brien and Everett Withers. In a radio interview early in the week, Withers made comments putting down the academic environment at NC State compared to UNC. O’Brien fired back, pointing out that the UNC staff doesn’t have a leg to stand on after a trip to Indianapolis to discuss the fact that they had an agent on staff, were paying players, and committing academic fraud.
2. The heated commentary leading into the game gave the Wolfpack the energy and motivation they needed to shut out the Tarheels 13-0. NC State scored the only touchdown of the game on the opening drive, defeating UNC for the fifth straight year and the first shutout in 51 years. UNC never even made it into the red zone; the 23 yard line was the closest they came to the end zone.
3. Wake Forest hosted Notre Dame and put themselves in a position to win with a 17-10 halftime lead. However, they couldn’t score in the 2nd half and lost 24-17. They head to Death Valley to take on Clemson this week and will need everything to go their way to beat the Tigers.
4. Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech both had bye weeks to prepare for this Thursday night’s matchup in Atlanta. This will likely be the game that will decide who moves on the ACC championship game. Both teams have been consistently inconsistent and the outcome will depend on which team puts forth the most fight on the field.
5. Miami crushed Duke, 49-14, to give themselves a confidence boost heading into the final three games of the season. Several things need to fall in place for the Hurricanes to make it to the title game, but it is technically still a possibility. The Blue Devils need to win out against UVA, GT, and UNC in order to become bowl eligible.