Which comes first? The Chickens or the Tigers?

Well paint me orange and purple and garnet and black and stuff a Cocky feather in my Tiger tail.

The calendar says it’s October, but the scoreboard says Clemson and South Carolina are undefeated for the first time in this millineum (actually 2000, which the calendar says was the last year of the old millineum).

Where was I? Oh yeah, “Cock-a-doodle-growl!” This could be the year the Gamecocks and Tigers are both for real. Not like, “oh, we should be undefeated because there was that fumble against So-and-so State …”

This year’s Palmetto Bowl could be for more than who gets to make fun of whom in church the following Sunday morning, and then every day that ends in “Y” for the next 364.

But before we crank up “2001” and run down the hill to the BCS title game, here’s a little a reality check. There’s only one state where that’s the case lately, and it’s called Alabama.

Not that it can’t happen here, but it won’t – not this year anyway. At least one of these two teams is a wake-up call away from reality, and I have a sneaking suspicion that they will be unmasked today.

The problem is the team I think is Milli Vanilli is making a strong case for being a contender. Clemson has been impressive in beating Auburn and Florida State in back-to-back weeks, but a trip to Blacksburg to play in the Hokies’ pokey is never easy.

Virginia Tech has won five straight against Clemson, and the mental calculator says to make it six … Virginia Tech (-7) 27, Clemson 17.

Now for the Gamecocks, who are doing everything in their power to look like losers, except lose.

The offense looked so bad against Vanderbilt last week that the defense should sue them for lack of support, except those roles were reversed against Navy.  And at Georgia the defense and special teams WAS the offense.

This whole season so far has looked a bad episode of “Leave It To Beaver”: The Beav (Garcia) and Wally (Shaw) get into sticky situations, but thanks to Ward’s (Spurrier) fatherly advice (“You’re grounded, uh, benched!”) it all works out in the end.

Unfortunately the Gamecocks have a lot of Eddie Haskells on the schedule ahead, beginning with Auburn today. But the good news is they haven’t put together a complete game yet and they’re still undefeated.

Look for the Gamecocks to finally put all that talent on the same page. … South Carolina (-7) 34, Auburn 20.
Oh, I almost forgot Coastal Carolina’s showdown with BYE. Not BYU, which played Friday night, but BYE, as in nobody.

Not so fast. I hear CCU coach David Bennett says BYE is no cupcake. The ol’ Fightin’ Open Dates haven’t lost a game in years and no other team’s fans look forward to playing them, but I’m picking Coastal to win easily.

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