Interesting weekend. Florida State really disappointed me. I thought they would at least show up to play. I was way off on that one. Michigan and Notre Dame ended up giving us something to cheer about at the end, but Michigan prevailed. I still stand by my statement that Robinson can’t continue to run the ball 25+ times each week, but Rich Rod is the coach and must feel confident in doing so.
I already talked about Miami and Ohio State in a previous blog about the ACC. It’s hard not to say that Ohio State is the 2nd best team in the country. I’ll drop a quick Top 10 at the end of this write-up.
Around the SEC
Auburn survives Starkville. Auburn improved to 2-0 (1-0) on the year and grabbed the first SEC victory of the year. Auburn probably should have won by a bit more, but mistakes kept them from getting comfortable. Neither team was overly impressive, but the Tigers looked sharp on the ground averaging 4.1 yards per carry on 46 attempts. Cam Newton didn’t pass the ball very well (11/19, 136 yards) and he made a few mistakes but did throw for two touchdowns. Mississippi State looked ineffective against an SEC defense. We’ll see how they from week to week.
Next Week: Auburn vs. Clemson, Miss. State @ LSU
Alabama gets an impressive and convincing win against Penn State, 24-3. Penn State definitely exposed some of Alabama’s early weaknesses, though. I’ll talk about this later. A few things:
- Richardson is first 100 yard rusher against Penn State in 18 games
- Bama’s O-line shines
- Bama defense forces four turnovers
- Next Week: @ Duke
South Carolina took a big step toward claiming the SEC East Saturday by beating Georgia 17-6 in Columbia. Still, there are some issues with the Gamecocks. Garcia is still their quarterback. Say all you will about this guy, but I still think he’s one of the weaknesses of this team. The Georgia defense sacked Garcia five times and that could be his fault as much as the offensive lines. After all, the USC offensive line allowed 38 sacks last year. Garcia also missed a wide open receiver downfield that certainly would have been a touchdown. He also lost a fumble as we
This is supposed to be the best USC team under Spurrier and I can’t disagree. Lattimore is making a huge difference. He’s that important to the Gamecocks. It gives them balance, play action and a physical attack. Georgia was no doubt affected by not having A.J. Green in the game. They just couldn’t score. South Carolina’s defense is pretty solid, but Georgia would have at least scored a touchdown with Green in the game.
Mark Richt will continue to be on the hot seat. If you’re a Georgia fan — look at it this way: what coach would possibly come in and do what Richt has done? Georgia can’t just change coaches and have an immediate turnaround with an SEC Championship in the first year. Take a look at Nebraska. They fired Solich a few years ago because 9-win seasons were not enough. I guess that’s fine, but they are just now getting back to a level of relevancy. All I’m saying is that Georgia will stay relevant with Richt as their coach. It’s a huge risk to go with a guy like Kirby Smart who is unproven as a head coach and leave your guy who is 90-27 in his career in the dust.
Next Week: Arkansas @ UGA, Furman @ South Carolina
Arkansas cruises to 31-7 win. Mallett threw for 400 yards against La. Monroe as Arkansas dominated the Warhawks. Ho-hum.
Next Week: @ UGA
Florida struggled early, but found some rhythm in the second half thanks in large part to a spark provided by the defense. USF’s quarterback went 5-21 on the day with four interceptions. The Gators defense handled the game and simply waited for the offense to rip out a few scores and put the game out of reach. Brantley played well and so did Pouncey. In fact, Pouncey was named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week. The Gators are still the team to beat in the SEC East until they are dethroned.
Next Week: @Tenn
Jordan Jefferson, LSU offense struggles at Vanderbilt. Jefferson was ineffective along with the rest of the LSU offense. I’m not sure what LSU would have done if Stevan Ridley didn’t carry the offense on his back late in the game. LSU was only up 10-3 on Vandy going into the 4th quarter before rattling off 17 unanswered points.
Next Week: vs Miss. State
Ole Miss beats Tulane 27-13 behind a solid performance by Jeremiah Masoli. The Rebels suffered a second half meltdown once again, though. After outscoring Tulane 24-3 in the first half, the Rebels mustered only 3 points in the second half and Tulane posted 10. It’s the second week in a row that the Rebels have failed to put a game away and it cost them last week. They survive this time.
Next Week: vs. Vanderbilt
Oregon drops Tennessee in Knoxville. It was close at halftime, but it got ugly quick for the Vols in the second half. Some pointed out that the Vols seemed to quit in the second half. I’m not sure if that’s the case, but Dooley is not happy with the attitude on his team. (via @wesrucker)
Next Week: vs. Florida
Kentucky had a monster second quarter to blow Western Kentucky out. The Wildcats entered the second quarter with a 14-7 lead, but exploded with 28 points to go into the half with a 42-14 lead. The versatile Randall Cobb and QB Mike Hartline led the Wildcats offense. Cobb ran the ball, caught the ball and threw a touchdown in this game. Hartline threw 3 TD’s while only throwing four incompletions (16/20).
Next Week: vs. Akron
SEC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive: Trent Richardson, RB (ALA): 22 car, 144 yards, 1 TD, 4 rec., 46 yards / Marcus Lattimore, RB (USC): 37 car, 182 yards, 2 TD, 16 rec yards,
Defensive: Nick Fairley, DL (AUB): 5 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception
A Few More Things…
Oops! I really dropped the ball on FSU and Tennessee.
As expected, Boise State took a hit in the polls. They lost points in the voting. Alabama and Ohio State pulled away.
Michigan, Rodriguez get huge win in South Bend. This was a big time win for the program and Rich Rod. We’ll see how Michigan fares in the upcoming weeks. They should be 5-0 going into the Michigan State game.
Iowa burns me two years in a row. They blew Iowa State out of the water for the second consecutive year. Really screwed me in my Yahoo Pick’em! For the record, I do not gamble but I act like I do by participating in Yahoo Pick’em and CentSports. My best picks of the day were Idaho at +28, San Jose State at +38 and Marshall at +12. San Jose State might have been a bit easier to call, but Wisconsin didn’t even come close in that one.
My Top 10
2. Ohio State
3. Boise State
I’m aware that Miami lost, but I just don’t feel anyone behind them is better. They are #17 in the AP Poll and I feel they are a better squad than Auburn, LSU, Utah, Arkansas, Wisconsin and South Carolina. Arkansas is just set up to fall quickly at #12. I can’t believe they are ahead of South Carolina. I can’t believe they’re ahead of any of those teams.