I hope the merchants and bar owners of Atlanta are paying attention. If not, they'll be in for a rude surprise.
Every third year - 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 - Tennessee has, on cue, showed up in the SEC championship game.
So when 2010 rolls around, you order the orange merchandise and dust off the "Rocky Top" recordings.
Obviously, the internal clock that regulates life in the SEC East has popped a spring. The Vols, 2-5 and 0-4 SEC, will miss their turn.
Whether Gamecocks or Gators, or perhaps even Bulldogs, take over Jocks & Jills on Dec. 4 is still to be determined.
In the 18-year history of the championship game, only Florida, Georgia and UT have represented the East. Now, South Carolina replaces UT on the potential guest list.
The Gamecocks (3-2) hopes to stay a step ahead of the three-loss mob Saturday by adding to Tennessee's misery. That's the easy part in the quest to exorcise the football portion of the Chicken Curse. Carolina gets Arkansas next then finishes in The Swamp.
"Historically, we have not finished very strongly around here,'' South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said Wednesday. "We're gonna try to finish strong.''
So are Florida and Georgia, each with three SEC losses but astride starkly contrasting momentum. They meet Saturday in Jacksonville in an elimination game.
Florida has lost three consecutive regular-season games for the first time since 1988. Georgia, which started 0-3 in the league, has won three in a row. No four-SEC-loss team has reached the championship game. Only twice has a three-loss team made it, LSU in 2001 and Arkansas in 2002.
"Even when we were oh-and-three in the league, it was not mathematically impossible,'' Georgia coach Mark Richt said. "I was personally keeping my hope the whole time. I wasn't talking much about it.''
Everyone is talking about how mystifyingly bad Florida's offense is. The Gators had a week off after being stunned 10-7 by Mississippi State on Oct. 16. Tim Tebow isn't coming to the rescue for a unit ranked 89th in the nation. Meyer would settle for a couple of guys who have been dinged up.
"There will be some changes,'' Meyer hinted. "Hopefully, the changes are having everybody back healthy.''
"We led the SEC in offense three or four years in a row. It was a guy breaking a tackle, a guy making a play and a guy outrunning the defense. That's what we have to get back to.''
Georgia-Florida kicks off about the time Tennessee-South Carolina is ending. There's no doubt for whom every cocktailgater in Jacksonville will be rooting.
Reduced to spoiler, Tennessee has its work cut out as a double-digit underdog for the fourth consecutive game.
UT's depth issues have been well chronicled. True to form this week, injury questions hover over the already thin ranks.
"But there's only 22 guys out there at a time,'' UT coach Derek Dooley said. "We've got to show improvement of the guys that are out there playing and that's all we can do.''
Florida and Georgia hope that's enough. South Carolina hopes it's not.
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