Acock's SEC Wrap Up: Week 4
Well, the Gamecocks had a week off so I got to see a bit more football than normal, and what I saw terrified me. Folks... this might not be the SEC's year. There's a lot of bad football being played all over the nation this year, but what's happening the in the Southland is just not natural.
Game 1: Vandy 24 UMass 7
Somehow Vandy got talked into playing a road game at UMass. My guess is the AD has a gambling debt he needed retired. UMass is winless on the year and has shown zero signs of being a good team. Naturally Vandy needed the 4th quarter to put them away, leading only 10 - 7 GOING INTO THE 4TH QUARTER, NOT AFTER THE 4TH, BUT GOING INTO IT, WHICH WOULD ACTUALLY BE AFTER THE 3RD, I'M TRYING TO BE FACTUAL HERE. Somehow this makes me feel less special about our win.
Game 2: Rutgers 28 Arkansas 24
In the 3rd quarter, Arkansas had a 24 - 7 lead and dreams of a possible ranking prior to starting the SEC slate in earnest. Then the wheels came off. For the first time this year Arkansas was held without a 100 yard rusher, and their secondary was exposed. Arkansas has now dropped two straight to Rutgers. With Texas A&M, Florida, USC, and Bama coming up next Belimerball is going to test the patience of the fans.
Game 3: #1 Alabama 31 Colorado St 6
Nick Saban is just playing a practical joke on us. I mean, Cal-Poly ran for over 150 yards on Colorado State. 'Bama managed just 68 yards on the ground and only led 17 - 6 going into the 4th quarter. Either Saban's just messing around, or there are real problems in Tuscaloosa-town.
Game 4: #9 Georgia 45 North Texas 21
On the one hand there's really no reason to panic here, as North Texas only scored on one drive. The other two scores were on special teams, the result of a blocked punt and kick return. On the other hand UGA AND NORTH TEXAS WERE TIED 21 - 21 IN THE 3RD QUARTER. What the hell? 12 different North Texas players caught a pass. It's cool to me that their coach has that kind of inclusion policy. Reminds me of my rec league where everyone has to play a certain number of snaps.
Game 5: #10 Texas A&M 42 SMU 13
This one surprised me a little. Not because ATM put up 42, I was expecting that, but because they held SMU to 13. SMU has a tremendous passing attack, and ATM for the most part shut them down. Probably the strongest showing all year from the Aggregators.
Game 6: Mississippi State 62 Troy 7
Troy is the college football equivalent of Robitussin.
Game 7: #6 LSU 35 Auburn 21
LSU was cruising right along until Les Miles decided to get Les Milesy and fake a field goal up 28 - 7 in the 3rd. That stunt ignited Auburn and resulting in tightening the game up just a bit going into the 4th quarter. Give credit to Auburn, they had plenty of fight left in them and didn't give up when down by 3 scores. The same can not be said of the LSU fans however, who left in a drunken stupor in the 3rd quarter. No word on whether or not Connor Shaw was disappointed with them.
Game 8: Missouri 45 Indiana 28
I really don't know what to think about Mizzou. They've only played bad teams, but they've handled them. Their offense seems much better than last year, but they have yet to play a decent team. Smart scheduling though, they should be able to power to at least 7 wins and hit a decent bowl this year.
Game 9: #19 Florida 31 Tennessee 17
Tennessee's free-fall continues. Florida has an elite defense, so it's no shame that UT had problems moving the ball on them, but the entire game was a comedy of errors. 6 UT turnovers killed any chance they had in staying in the game and quite frankly when Florida lost Driskell it actually kind of helped them. UT's first half drives went like this: fumble, fumble, interception, punt, punt, interception: around 7 yards of total offense. Crikey.
Week 2 Power Ranking
Next up @UGA: Game Day anyone? LSU faces it's first real test and UGA faces it's first real defense (I know, that hurts), it'll be fun to see what happens.
Next up Ole Miss: I'm effectively putting 'Bama on upset alert. If you go through the motions long enough, that's the type of team you become.
Next up LSU: At least Georgia gets them at home. It'll be interesting to see which Mike Bobo calls the game.
4. Texas A&M
Next up @Arkansas: Arkansas has a decent running game and no secondary. Texas A&M has an amazing passing attack and no run defense. This one could be more interesting than you think.
5. Ole Miss
Next up @Bama: This is your time Hugh Freeze. This is the moment, so put your hands up like the ceiling can't hold you.
6. South Carolina
Next up @UCF: I'd still like to find the moron that scheduled this game. There's no glory to be had here.
Next up @Kentucky: Florida's defense is off-the-charts scary. It'll be enough this week.
Next up Arkansas State: I'm moving Missouri up this week in celebration of their win over a Big 10 team. No matter what, you don't lose to Big 10 teams.
Next up off: Did fairly well against LSU, but Gus has a bigger job ahead of him than I thought.
Next up UAB: Vandy gets another easy win. The players escape Franklin's ire for another week.
11. Mississippi State
Next up off: A good week off. Folks will get some farming done, Dan Mullen will scan the want ads.
Next up Texas A&M: One way or another, I expect this to be a statement game.
Next up Florida: Bad news UK, Driskell's out for the year.
Next up South Alabama: I expect UT to level the full bulk of their wrath on South Alabama. This game could be more interesting than you think, S. Alabama has notched wins over Tulane and Western Kentucky so far this year. It pains me to type that.
The SEC is really off it's game right now. Aside from 4 or 5 teams at the top, the conference is just awful right now. I'm not sure who to blame. Richt's lack of control maybe.
Always remember... stay Feisty.
Last edited by Acockolypse Now; 09-24-2013 at 01:34 PM.