Bama & Tennessee almost blew it...badly, Georiga shut down SC, Auburn dominated State, Arkansas bounced some polygimists, Ole Miss was thumped by Mizzou. Kentucky, LSU & Florida all rolled over inferior comptetition.
Nationally, Ohio State & Notre Dame rolled and ascending to the top two spots in the polls.
A few thoughts...an SEC recap.
Ole Miss doesn't have as much talent as they think they do. There is a tremendous drop off between the top player(s) and the rest of the team.
Tennessee couldn't handle assignment football(disciplined defense againts less speed), although there is an element of trickery to the triple option, it should not have come down to a stupid go for 2 call by Fisher DeBerry. CFD forgot that overtime is now an element of today's game and he had the Vols on the ropes. Could you have imagined if Fulmer had lost this one?
Alabama has the same offensive line as last year plus an NFL guard playing LT. Andre Smith is 350 plus easy. Could be a lot quicker if he dropped 30 lbs. but he is a crushing run grader. Capps still lacks. JP has an adequate arm but sometimes can't quite read a defense. Ken Darby is obviously bothered by the pointer. Take a week off and come back twice as strong, KD. Juwan is a thug...no arguement here. Maybe they were distracted by a certain Vandy pledge class? Let's play "Which one was in the car with Juwan?"
Auburn is vanilla so far and self admitted stubborn playcallers(Tubs running so much the first half against State). What might come out against LSU after a great defensive performance. Special teams were a plus with a 55 yard boot from Vaughn but Dunn needs to quit dancing and run like Lil' Bo does on kickoff returns. Played many young guys and they produced. Auburn has a well balanced roster of veterans and young talent. What could be in store for the LSU game? Multiple blitzes, expanded offense? This has been gameplanned since before the summer. I believe this game has been the true focus since the Citrus Bowl debacle. LSU is the measuring stick since they were the last team from the west to go to Atlanta.
Tre Smith should never see the playing field ever again. This is justified due to lack of blocking on punt returns, no reaction to a fumble where he could have scored, lack of any offensive production (other than 2002 Alabama) in his entire career, horrible Halloween costumes, muffed punts and/or simple because there are younger and better players who should be on the field instead.
Tennesse looks terrific one week and flat the next. Looking forward to next week? Who shows up next week?
I know, Jen, FSU was struggles against Troy. What a letdown.
Georgia, Georiga, Georgia. You have the greatest quarterback ever and he will win 2 Heismans and 6 National Championships in 3 years before he is the Number 1 draft pick. No doubt Stafford has one the best arms in the SEC. 3 INT's are expected for a debut, and is there anyone out there who didn't think it would come against SC? Not a soul, as Joe T recieved a trust fund to step down(jk), bad luck for him, but it is a funny thought, isn't it? I can see the thUGA Mafia slipping 300k into an offshore account. Now let's see what happens when Fat Matt gets chased and hit by Tennesse, Florida & Auburn. That is world's away from South Carolina as Spurrier's bunch might not be that good at all. Not much offensive line as Georgia was all over Mitchell all night.
DAILY FOOTBALL FIX TOP FIFTEEN
1 Ohio State 2 USC 3 Auburn 4 LSU 5 Florida 6 Texas 7 West Virginia 8 Notre Dame 9 Georgia 10 Louisville 11 Florida State 12 Tennessee 13 Virginia Tech 14 Miami 15 Michigan
Ladies & gentlemen, your thoughts on an interesting weekend all the way around.