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What happened to you on Saturday: Week 9

What happened to you on Saturday? This is the must read for every SEC football fan on Monday morning right here at Saturday Down South. Pulling no punches as we recap a weekend of SEC football action…

Alabama Sends a Message

The difference between Alabama and the next closest team in college football is the difference between The Godfather and the next best movie about the mafia.  I’m completely serious when I say that if they lined up on a neutral field, well, forget that, if they played the Jaguars in Jacksonville the Tide would be at least a field goal favorite.  Better coach, better quarterback, they still care, etc…

Alabama faced what looked like their first real challenge of the season in previously unbeaten Mississippi State, well until the football game started.  That’s not a shot at Mississippi State.  It would be the same way for everyone.  LSU, Notre Dame, anyone.  They are Indiana Jones and everyone else is the sword-twirling guy from Raiders of the Lost Ark.

The only thing that confuses me about Alabama is A.J. McCarron.  How can a guy be so steady and mistake free on the field, yet think this tattoo was a good idea?  It doesn’t make sense.

McCarron has been great all season and is creeping into Heisman consideration with his consistent, mistake free brand of quarterbacking, but I don’t see him winning it.  Baseball nerds came up with a stat to help determine how many wins a player would give his team as opposed to any average, replacement level player.  They call it WAR (Wins Above Replacement). For example, if Vanderbilt’s Jordan Rodgers was the quarterback for Alabama, what would their record be? Undefeated? Yeah, that’s probably why A.J. McCarron won’t win the Heisman.

Florida Hands Georgia the SEC East                                                                                     

The World’s Largest Outdoor Whose Quarterback Hates Winning More Party?  The World’s Largest Outdoor Determination of Who Alabama Beats by 21 in Atlanta Party?  I’m not sure cocktails are strong enough to make that game watchable.  It might be time to take the gateway to the stronger stuff.  Tune in next year for the World’s Largest Outdoor Angel Dust Party.

Georgia’s Shawn Williams will be remembered as Mickey to Jarvis Jones’ Rocky.  Williams called the defense a bunch of bums and they stepped up in response.  When Mark Richt gets his raise after the season he should mail the amount to Williams, and if that doesn’t happen, Williams should sue.

Jones was amazing. 13 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles, making this season’s Butkus Award far more interesting than the Heisman.  Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, LSU’s Kevin Minter and Jones have all been spectacular this season.

Florida TE Jordan Reed realized what I realized early in the game, that he is Florida’s only real playmaker on offense.  He tried to do too much at the worst possible moment but maybe he needed to do too much because I’m not sure anyone else could have.  It just didn’t work out.

Remember what I said about A.J. McCarron’s WAR?  This game was the argument to why McCarron should win the Heisman.  Jeff Driskel wasn’t in this game from literally the first play, where he dropped a hand-off.  His interception with no time on the clock before halftime was unacceptable.  Aaron Murray’s three interceptions was the only reason Florida even had the opportunity to fumble the game away in the fourth quarter.  If either team had a quarterback that didn’t make mistakes, this is a blowout.

It was super sloppy, and if Georgia wants to win out, their takeaway from this game shouldn’t be “This is what we are capable of”, but rather, “We are capable of much more.”

Auburn…

Johnny Football had 350 combined yards and five touchdowns.  Texas A&M threw up 63 points, beating Auburn by 42.  I like Texas A&M a lot, and think Kevin Sumlin is a great coach, but they aren’t that good.  They aren’t 63 points in Auburn good, there is a bigger story here.

Auburn is an absolute disaster.

Get Better Marcus Lattimore

The entire day was overshadowed by the gruesome injury sustained by South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore.  The instant outpouring of prayers and support will be needed as he goes through the physical and mental recovery that follows an injury like that.

I said it at the time and I still will say it, I didn’t like the hit.  Eric Gordon turned himself into a flying ACL tearing missile on that play, and what happened to Lattimore is what happens when you go helmet first as fast as you can into a kneecap.

Football is going through a transformation where violence just because you can is being punished.  The NFL is demanding that defenders consider the consequences of their hits and reduce the brutality.  Football is and always will be a physical game where injuries happen, but that hit on that play didn’t need to happen.  If a player is capable of altering a hit to an opponent’s skull, they can do the same on a player’s knee.  It can’t always happen, but on this play, it could have. This play was blown up; Lattimore was going down already. If Gordon had pulled up, or done anything instead of going lower, it’s just another tackle for a loss. He made his choice.

That’s Eric Gordon’s style, though.  He’s a vicious player.  Don’t ask me, ask him.  Ask his teammates.

Plays That Mattered

Oh, yeah, Saban started recruiting skill players too.  This is the result. A.J. McCarron to Kenny Bell for 57 yards.

Part of being a quality team in the SEC is winning the games you are supposed to win.  Ole Miss made the plays necessary to win at Arkansas, showing they are heading in the right direction.

Jordan Reed was trying to do a little too much and gave Jarvis Jones all he needed to end this threatening drive and lock up the win for the Bulldogs.

What They Meant to Say

“Wow I just lost by 42 points at home? When I get home, I’ll be starting a website called, www.AuburnShouldProbablyFireMe.com.” – Gene Chizik, Head Coach (For Now), Auburn

“Remember that Florida Head Cheerleader Jeff Driskel was dating?  Yeah, she’s with me now. – Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia

“I’m a really good quarterback.  I’m begging NFL teams to separate the nightmare that surrounds me from the player that I could be.  Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley are total clowns who  were handed the head coaching job here because of hard work their fathers did elsewhere.  It’s insane.  I’m a talented guy. – Tyler Bray, Quarterback, Tennessee

Photo Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

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