There are a lot of things to be excited about on Thursday.
It's the first day of December, so the holiday season is in full swing.
Winter is just around the corner.
Bowl season is coming up.
My birthday is exactly 23 days away. (What do you get the soon-to-be 26-year-old who has everything?)
And it's a new season with our picks.
Chris and I finished up the regular season tied with 82-14 (.854) records after both of us went 6-2 last week. I missed on Vanderbilt, which blew out Wake Forest, while Chris picked Clemson, which was bounced by South Carolina. We both missed Kentucky's win over Tennessee.
We are basically 0-0 now, meaning every game means that much from here on out. That three-game lead that I held is long gone, while Chris has to be kicking himself for picking against the Head Ball Coach last weekend. This is the same Clemson team Chris has teased and tortured through the years. How he could make such a mistake like that is beyond me.
But it not only shows a sign of his age, but his strength. Mentally, you can tell that Chris is wearing down. Once he closed the gap, he thought it'd be smooth sailing to the finish line. He thought the rookie would crumble under the pressure with him making a strong late-season run.
I have new life, while Chris will be second-guessing himself throughout the bowl season.
We only have the SEC title game to pick this week, so here's what we think:
GEORGIA vs LSU (in Atlanta)
Chris Low: Georgia’s defense has been the real deal this season under Todd Grantham. The second year in his system has made a world of difference. However, the bad news for the Dawgs is that LSU’s defense is even better … and deeper. That depth will be the difference in the second half, as the Tigers will do what they’ve done all season and pound the Bulldogs into submission. LSU 24, Georgia 13
Edward Aschoff: If LSU is the country's best team, it's hard to argue that Georgia isn't one of the hottest. The Bulldogs have reeled off 10 straight wins after an 0-2 start and are back in the Georgia Dome for the second time this season. The Dawgs are a better team since their first stop in Atlanta, when they lost to Boise State to start the season, but so is their opponent Saturday. LSU seems to get stronger and stronger each week, and while LSU might make it to the national title game regardless of Saturday's outcome, the Tigers want an SEC title. Saturday, they'll get it. LSU 27, Georgia 14