Finally, we have some football to debate.
I’m going to use this space every Monday morning to tell you about the things that stuck out to me from around the SEC.
Let’s start with the most obvious threat in the SEC East – Georgia. As I type this, I am watching (with one eye) a highlight of freshman Bulldog running back Todd Gurley zipping 100 yards for a kickoff return touchdown. The big boy (6-1, 218) is quicker than I thought (granted he was running away from Buffalo players), and he had 100 rushing yards on eight carries to go along with that kickoff return.
However, Georgia didn’t overly impress me in a 45-23 win despite that. The Bulldogs’ vaunted defense gave up 347 yards, and not many of those were cheap, lucky yards. Buffalo moved the ball methodically several times. Granted, the Bulldogs were playing without several defensive stars, but still. Not great depth on that defense. Next week (vs. Missouri) will tell us a whole lot more about Georgia.
Florida, so far, is about what I thought it was to paraphrase Denny Green, kind of rudderless. I didn’t rank them in my Associated Press Top 25 because I wasn’t sold on their quarterback, offensive line or defense, and I’m still not after a disjointed victory over Bowling Green.
I did rank Tennessee in my preseason poll, at No. 25, and I feel fairly validated by the Volunteers’ 35-21 win over N.C. State on a neutral-ish field. Quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Justin Hunter returned from major injuries, and I think are difference-makers in this league, and junior college transfer Cordarrelle Patterson caught six passes for 93 yards, including two touchdowns, against the Pack.
As for Alabama, well it’s just best not to think about that right now, Gamecock fans.