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Written by Cole Locascio

Thursday night was a fun one, huh...

Obviously, the magicians/evil geniuses behind scheduling had no idea how good this Baylor team would be, as they scheduled not one, but TWO top-10 matchups on the same night - a Thursday. It was a bit of overload for me...

After hearing how "legit" Stanford is...

It's hard to ignore that glaring loss against Utah. Just think, if the Cardinal hadn't have lost to a sub - .500 team, Palo Alto would have national title dreams on their nerdy minds. But now, with Ohio State, FSU, Bama and two one-loss teams from the SEC, the road to Pasadena is nearly impossible at this point for David Shaw's squad. Don't even try to tell me that Stanford would beat out an Auburn team with back to back to back wins against UGA, Alabama, and the SEC Championship.

Vanderbilt must love to catch teams at their lowest...

Auburn in 2008, Auburn in 2012, Georgia in 2013, and now, Florida in 2013. Vanderbilt's win against the Gators last weekend marked the first time in program history where the 'Dores have beaten both Georgia and Florida in the same season. It's interesting to think what "could have been" if Vandy had been able to hold on in their opener against Ole Miss. 

On the note of Florida...

their fans are the worst, and it took me up until this year to realize it. After their latest loss to Vanderbilt, the Gator "faithful" have realized that a bowl game is highly unlikely. Well, I guess it's time to fire Muschamp, right? NO! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I get that you haven't had a losing season since 1979 - you're spoiled. "We're not used to losing!" Trust me, I can tell. The bottom line of this situation is, Muschamp is not the problem. The 2013 Florida Gators have been plagued with injuries throughout the year, so explain to me how exactly that's Muschamp's wrong-doing. Sure, you may need to make some changes on the offensive front, especially with coordinator, Brent Pease, but the head coach? Get outta here.

Could Baylor have a legitimate shot at the title game?

After their very impressive win against the Sooners on that stacked Thursday night, the Bears have an extremely tough road ahead of them from here on out. With Texas Tech and Kliff Kingsbury coming to town this Saturday, you can expect a hard-fought match from the Red Raiders' electric offensive attack. Followed up by two games on the road, Oklahoma State and TCU, it would be remarkable if Baylor gets this far down the road unscathed. A final home game against Texas will be the key to not only a BCS bowl game, but the national title as well. No matter how bad the perception with Texas is right now, the Longhorns are still top-ranked in the Big 12, and you can expect their game against Baylor to be the deciding factor for a conference championship.

Missouri is kicking themselves right now...

when taking a look back at the South Carolina loss. What should have been a comfortable lead in the east heading into their game against Ole Miss next week, turns into now a "must-win" game for the Tigers. If Mizzou loses just one game, South Carolina beats Florida, and Auburn beats UGA, then the Gamecocks would get the nod for the SEC title game spot. All three of those scenarios are the likely case heading into the last few weeks of regular season play. 

Bowl game talk is always fun, right?

Jerry Palm from CBS predicts Auburn will land in the Gator Bowl - really? Pretty sure a 9-3 Auburn team would end up in at least the Capitol One Bowl, especially considering that the Tigers were selected into the Outback Bowl with a 7-5 record in 2009. All of these bowl projections forget to take one thing into account - ticket sales. The beauty of the Auburn family is the fact that we will travel around the world to see our Tigers play, even Hawaii (especially Hawaii). This alone, would bump Auburn up a spot in regards to bowl games, because the whole point of bowl games is about the money, right? Oh, and fun, yeah... forgot about that.