Column: Random thoughts on the SEC
Just some random thoughts from last week around the SEC:
NOT A BAD HAIR DAY: Arkansas’ Alex Collins ran for five touchdowns against Tennessee-Martin, only one short of Madre Hill’s school record.
As impressive as his running ability was on display in Fayetteville, even more impressive was when he took his helmet off on the sidelines. This guy has the best hair in the SEC. The flowing dreadlocks look cool when he’s running away from defenses as well. Collins looks like the Predator would if he only had access to hair care products.
SPURRIER SPOTLIGHT: Since his resignation as the Head Ball Coach at South Carolina, I have seen Steve Spurrier on ESPN’s College GameDay and on one of those Heisman House commercials.
Before the resignation, I think I saw him on television maybe twice. He has succeeded at finding his way into the spotlight by stepping out of it.
GETTING HIS KICKS (RETURNS): In the Ole Miss-Auburn game there were no kickoff returns. Every single kickoff sailed into the end zone for a touchback.
Kentucky should have thought about trying to kick one to Churchill Downs. The Vols’ Evan Berry returned his third kickoff for a touchdown this season. That is going to equate to some nice game checks when Berry gets to the NFL. The chance of Tennessee opponents kicking away from Berry the rest of the year is about the same as finding a Law & Order rerun on television. It is pretty much a certainty.
WHEN IS A BUTT-KICKING GOOD?: Ole Miss is coming off a road win against Auburn and faces Arkansas this week, just before having a bye week and then playing LSU.
Arkansas would be a great game for the Rebels to ignore with a week off coming before a huge game with the Bayou Bengals. But, Arkansas has been on the Rebels’ minds for a good reason: last year, the Hogs beat Ole Miss 30-0. The stinging of that tends to stay in people’s memories.
A PARTY IN GAINESVILLE?: Saturday, Florida hosts Vanderbilt and with a win the Gators are the SEC East champs. It looks pretty good for them.
In the last 10 games between the two, Florida is 9-1 against the Commodores, who are coming off a 34-0 loss at Houston. Vandy has only won twice ever in Gainesville, so a victory party is likely. It will go along with the other party — Saturday is homecoming at Florida.