Five days from now, as far away from the action that the continental U.S. would allow (without crossing Canada or getting on a boat), I'll be feasting on leftover turducken in Maine and watching the regular season semi-final in the "Game of the Year" sweepstakes.
On Black Friday, the LSU Tigers and Arkansas Razorbacks will do battle as two of the Top 3 teams in the country, before a sold-out capacity crowd in Death Valley. All 92,600 screaming fans will bear witness to the biggest game Death Valley has seen in at least a few years.
The next day it's Alabama's turn, as the Crimson Tide square off in their own intense rivalry at Auburn. The "Other Tigers" will face the No. 2 Tide as a very good 7-4 team, but they've been undefeated at home for the past two seasons. The last time they lost in the friendly confines of Jordan-Hare Stadium? 2009, the last time Nick Saban showed up.
Aside from how happy I am that the Detroit Lions are finally good enough to make their yearly Thanksgiving game against the Green Bay Packers a bit more meaningful this year, I couldn't be more excited about the close of the NCAA regular season. The fact that every SEC hater in the country is forced to talk about LSU, Alabama, Arkansas and Auburn for the next five days makes me happier than a kid who got what he wanted from Santa.
Oh, did I not mention that? The SEC is 1-2-3 in the BCS Rankings. No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Arkansas. I get to write that sentence.
When it came time for the other conferences to get their act together and prove themselves on the biggest stages, they all began tumbling down. Already the sports blogosphere is buzzing with predictions, scenarios and odds of making it to the national title game.
But this time, the hub of activity is much more localized. Because of the top three BCS rankings, every scenario involving a non-SEC school has to account for what happens in those two SEC games.
The eyes of the nation began drifting south at the start of the NCAA season, but three teams had to prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that they did not request but demanded your attention.
With the decline and fall of the former titans of the NCAA (most notably, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Oregon, collectively known as "The Three Oh Nos"), the nation will do what it does best this Thanksgiving weekend: get together with family and friends, watch some quality football and eat some quality food.
That means heading South not only for football, but for the turducken.
Like the SEC, turducken means you came to play.