- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 29, 2008


“We’re going for it.” — General manager Doug Melvin on his historically cheap Brewers trading for CC Sabathia and Ray Durham

TAKE YOUR PICK: Who will win the SEC East?

A: Florida The Gators have the strongest lineup, returning Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow and the nation’s most dangerous player in Percy Harvin.

B: Georgia The Bulldogs feature the dream backfield of quarterback Matt Stafford and tailbacks Knowshon Moreno and Caleb King.

C. Tennessee The Volunteers, last season’s division champs, have the nation’s finest secondary, the league’s best offensive line and fifth-year tailback Arian Foster but must replace starting quarterback Erik Ainge.

Our Take: The division (and the league) will come down to one early game: Florida at Tennessee on Sept. 20.

The Bulldogs face by far the toughest schedule of the three, and it’s hard to see them losing only one league game. If Florida beats Tennessee in Neyland Stadium, the Gators could run the table. It’s easy to like Florida’s chances in Knoxville given Tebow’s veteran leadership and Urban Meyer’s 3-0 record against the Vols. If Tennessee tops the Gators, it could drop a road game (at Auburn, at Georgia) and still win a tiebreak over Florida.

TWT FIVE: Best College Fight Songs

1. Notre Dame — Even those who hate the Irish have to admit their fight song is synonymous with college football.

2. Southern Cal — The closest thing in football to Darth Vader’s “Imperial March.”

3. Michigan — If “Hail to the Victors” doesn’t make you want to strap up and hit something, you probably think football is a 90-minute game played with a round ball.

4. Ohio State — “Fight the Team” is almost as awe-inspiring as “Hang On Sloopy” is atrocious.

5. Alabama — “Yea Alabama” might challenge the echoes in South Bend for the top slot if it didn’t end with that absurdly abrupt crescendo.



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