I have had a change of heart, an amendment to the things I am thankful for as seen on page four of this Daily Beacon.
I said that Thanksgiving is all about the four F's, but my order was a bit skewed. Now, thanks to an unforeseen altering of events, my Thanksgiving worldview boils down to, in order of importance - football, friends, food and family.
I've learned that football is there even when your family is not. Thank goodness for pigskin.
Melodramatically, on to the games:
No. 24 Arkansas at Louisiana State, 2:30 p.m. Friday (CBS)
Who are these Razorbacks? The 'Backs have ripped off six wins in a row, including four straight conference wins. Preseason All-SEC tailback Cedric Cobbs, missing in action the first half of the year, has had 100-yards games in two of the past three weeks.
All that said, the problem with this game is that it's in Baton Rouge. Arkansas is 1-2 on the road this season and its only SEC road win took seven overtimes.Geaux LSU.
Tigers 30, Razorbacks 20
No. 2 Nebraska at No. 14 Colorado, 3:30 p.m. Friday (ABC)
To be the best, you've got to beat the best.
Sorry Gary Barnett, not this year.
In Colorado's only game against a top-10 team this year, an Oct. 20 meeting with Texas, the Buffs looked like the Puffs in a 41-7 affair.
Nebraska will make them look silly again. Fuhgettaboutit.
Cornhuskers 40, Buffaloes 27
No. 25 Boston College at No. 22 Syracuse, 7 p.m. Saturday (espn2)
Syracuse had been vaunted for its talented defense all season long.
That is, until last week.
A 59-0 loss to Miami will make you take a long look in the mirror if you're 'Cuse coach Paul Pasqualoni.
And he better look quick because BC has a viable weapon in tailback William Green, who rushed for more than 200 yards last week.
But that was against Temple.
Orangemen 27, Golden Eagles 21
No. 12 Washington at No. 1 Miami, 8 p.m. (ABC)
Another week, another test for the top-rated team in the country. After blasting Syracuse, Miami's still got Washington and Virginia Tech left between a perfect season and a shot at the national title.
Now's not a good time to have to play in the Orange Bowl.
Hurricanes 41, Huskies 21
No. 19 Georgia at No. 21 Georgia Tech, 7:45 p.m. (ESPN)
Welcome to the roller coaster ride that is Georgia football. One week it's a peak (See: Tennessee win), the next it's a valley (Auburn loss in final seconds). The emotional Vortex continues this week as the Dawgs head to Atlanta to meet Tech.
Seems like UGA's due a lull, but these are the games that coach Mark Richt was hired to win.
Quarterback David Greene and the Dawgs' talented receivers will make the Ramblin' Wreck secondary's head spin.
Bulldogs 37, Yellow Jackets 20
Vanderbilt at No. 7 Tennessee
What's on the mind of a Volunteer this week?
(a.) A senior day meeting with 2-7 Vanderbilt. (b.) The No. 3 Florida Gators, whom the Vols meet up with next week in Gainesville for the SEC East title. Or perhaps (c.) That snazzy Harry Potter flick.
Hmm.
Too bad that it doesn't matter if Tennessee might be a little sidetracked with lame children's books or the Gators. Vandy's just that horrendous. The Vols send 'Dores coach Woody Widenhofer out of this intrastate rivalry in style.
Volunteers 62, Commodores 14
(Last week: 17-3, Season: 163-40)