Sunday, September 9, 2007

Random Thoughts from Week 2 Games

Alabama redshirt freshman RB Terry Grant was impressive again against a porous Vandy D. Through 2 games, he's rushed for more than 300 yards and 5 TDs. He should easily win SEC Freshman of the Week for the second straight week.

Things didn't go quite the way Vanderbilt imagined. QB Nickson was banged up and WR Earl Bennett was held in check more than expected, mustering only 52 yards receiving. If Vandy doesn't cut back on the penalties, this season of high expectations may fall by the wayside.

Defense and special teams... not exactly how we're used to Steve Spurrier winning games, but as long as South Carolina's defense plays like they did yesterday, I think he'll take it. They kept Georgia out of the end zone for the first time in 6 seasons, when former Gamecock coach - and current babbling idiot - Lou Holtz did it. With a trip to Baton Rogue in 2 weeks, South Carolina had to have this one.

Speaking of Baton Rogue, what happened to the Hokies last night? LSU beat them like a rented mule. Can you imagine what was going through their fans' minds who made that trip? They play in a pseudo-football conference at best, and to be thrown in to Death Valley for an 8:22 PM kickoff, on national television, with Gameday in town... That's like taking a nun to strip club.

The Ole Miss Rebels put up their best offensive showing of the Ed Orgeron era last night against the terrible defense of Missouri. Unfortunately for them, their defense gave up 5 TDs in 16 minutes from the 2Q-3Q. The D buckled down after that, but it was far too little too late. The signs of life give some hope for the weekend showdown with Vandy, particularly if Nickson is still banged up. They'll need to play 4 full quarters to have a chance to win though...

Yes, Florida won, and scored 50+ points. They also surrendered 31 points and 330+ yards of offense. They did recover 2 fumbles, but still have 0 interceptions for the season. That young defense will be stretched when UT comes to town this weekend. The Tennessee Vols rebounded from their opening loss to Cal nicely, and Ainge continued to play well despite his broken pinky.

Kentucky fans will take the win I'm sure, but they gave up 450 yards of offense and had a -10:00 time of possession differential. The D did force 4 turnovers, but if they can't get the Kent State off the field, what happens when Louisville rolls into town this weekend?

Mississippi State is already off to a better start than last season, scoring their first points in the second game of the season, instead of the third like last year. They rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense, returned a pick for a TD, and QB Henig rebounded nicely, throwing and running for TDs and was only picked once. This game should give them confidence heading into the Auburn game.

Here's my impression of the Auburn/South Florida game:
Auburn - Here's a fumble, please win
USF - No thanks
Auburn - No seriously, here's another fumble, please win
USF - No thanks
Brandon Cox - Really and truly, I just threw it right to you, please, for the love of everything that is holy, please win this game
USF - (begrudgingly) Fine...

All kidding aside, Auburn is in trouble this season. They had 5 turnovers yesterday and didn't force any. If not for an apparently intoxicated USF kicker, Auburn never would have sniffed OT.

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