What we've learned about the SEC in three weeks
We’ve played three weeks in the SEC.
Some teams have risen, some have dropped and some we still do not know about.
Here is a partial list things we do know heading into Week 4.
Bama’s mystique: Did anyone notice the bright skies over Baton Rouge, College Station and Athens? That was the glimmer of hope that Alabama may not be invincible.
After the then-No.2 Crimson Tide’s lost to Ole Miss Saturday, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he was not sure if his team could beat anybody when they give away 31 points.
Gave away? No. Bama gave Ole Miss the opportunity and the Rebels capitalized. None of the five turnovers were scores for Ole Miss. The Rebels offense took over and drove for the points.
When a coach makes it sound like his team gave away a game instead of actually losing it to a team that played better, that is a bad sign.
Maybe it is also a sign that this will not be Alabama’s only loss of the year.
All that glitters is not chrome: Kentucky broke out the chrome helmets for its game with Florida last week. It didn’t work as the Wildcats fell for the 29th consecutive time to UF.
What is the attraction to chrome helmets anyway? It seems they would be a safety hazard. The sun or the stadium lights have to reflect off those things and get in people’s eyes.
But maybe the reflection is the idea. Maybe some coaches hope that a guard will be in his stance and glance at the defensive tackle and notice his own reflection. Perhaps he sees himself and wonders if his eye black is on straight or if his mother can see he face clearly enough on TV and is a step slower on the snap.
That’s doubtful. It didn’t work for Kentucky, Virginia or Fresno State this season. Last year, Boise State tried chrome facemasks, they lost that game too.
Don’t make the following people mad in the SEC:
- Leonard Fournette. Don’t say in a public forum that stopping him shouldn’t be too tough. He reads, you know. He got his gander up and ran for a million yards last week. He would have had 100 yards playing flag football against Auburn.
- Bret Bielema. Texas Tech has a young coach who spouted off some stuff about beating Arkansas on Saturday. Bielema, who is no stranger to providing bulletin-board material himself, is a veteran of verbal-barb warfare. He countered with some words of his own about the Red Raiders’ coach and made him look silly.
- The Alabama-sign girl. A note to all the men in the Tuscaloosa area — this woman is a keeper. She showed up at Bryant-Denny with her sign to support the Crimson Tide and the game did not go as planned. Once Ole Miss took a big lead, many of the Tide “faithful” began to head for the exits to Bama-sign girl’s chagrin. After the game she expressed her disappointment with Bama Nation and she did not hold back. If the Alabama has any sense, it will hire her in the athletic marketing department.
A win is still a win, right?: Let’s face it, last week’s 9-6 Missouri win over UConn was uglier than a bowling shoe. But it was a win and the Tigers are 3-0.
Don’t sleep on these guys. Many in the SEC East did that last year, and the year before, and Mizzou ended up in Atlanta at the end of the year.
They still have Maty Mauk who is leading the team in passing and tied for the Tigers’ lead in rushing.
And they still have Kentrell Brothers, possibly the best defensive player in the conference. On the year, he has 42 tackles, 24 of them solo, three tackles for loss and two interceptions. To just show off, he has also blocked a kick this year.
We learned the last two years to be wary of Missouri. Do we need to learn it again?
We learned the schedule makers do not have a crystal ball: How cool would it be for SEC fans this year to see Georgia take on LSU this year? Sure it could happen in the SEC Championship Game, but a regular-season meeting with Leonard Fournette and Nick Chubb would be ratings gold.
It would be sort of like 1982 when Georgia visited Auburn. The Bulldogs were ranked No. 1 and led by the eventual Heisman Trophy winner, Herschel Walker. Auburn was playing at home with a talented freshman named Bo Jackson. It was the only head-to-head meeting between these two Heisman winners.
UGA won that game 19-14 at Jordan-Hare and Walker had 177 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Jackson had 58 yards on 14 carries.
That must have been a fun one to watch. So would LSU-Georgia.