Well it was another weekend of College football and here in Tennessee the official kick off to the fall feel. One thing that comes to mind quickly about this past weekend is the big games were just hard to watch. The best game of the weekend was Arkansas and Texas A&M, and I am sure a lot of people missed it because of the noon start. Here are a few observations from this weekend.
Alabama is no joke. If you watch LSU play then you say nobody can beat them, but then if you watch Alabama play you say nobody can beat them. The most impressive thing about Alabama, and there a lot of things to be impressed with is their ability to stop the run. Face it SEC teams you will not run the ball on them. If any team can just get a few rushing yards on them then they may have a chance.
LSU is much just as impressive. Nobody watched the Kentucky game but we have seen enough from them to know. They key to LSU and Alabama’s season is to finish the season with the fewest amounts of injuries as possible. Les Miles for whatever reason can win the big games. They just have to stay focused and avoid slipping up like they nearly did to Tennessee last year.
Auburn continues to find ways to win. It looks like Clemson is for real and the loss to them on their home field does not mean Auburn is an average team. Auburn’s defense showed up finally and they hung close enough to win in the end. It has become typical fashion for Auburn. Dyer is a tough running back and Trotter is making good decisions. Malzone continues to call the right plays at the right time.
Georgia controlled Mississippi State from the kickoff to the end. UGA looks like a team growing in confidence and their running game is becoming the staple of the team. Their defense swarmed to the ball the entire game and kept the Miss St. running game in check.
Florida just had a terrible 3qtrs. They started strong in the 1st half and it appeared their speed was going to give them a chance to win, but it was easy to see that they were not going to win early in the game. Then Brantley got hurt and you wondered how bad would it get. Now Weis has to figure out how to manufacture points with a freshman QB.
USC is hard to figure out because their QB is so hard to figure out. Marcus Lattimore may be the team’s MVP but they will only go as far as Garcia takes them. He looked bad Saturday. The best thing he did for them was run the ball. USC has a talented defense and should win the East, but who knows what this team is going to do.
Tennessee had their last practice game before they enter into a murderous four games. They continue to impress with their passing game, but I am not impressed they ran on Buffalo. The Special Teams are terrible and Saturday they had two turnovers and their 2nd blocked punt in two games. There does not seem to be any improvement coming to this unit this year. Sure Devrin Young was fun to watch, but he carries the ball like it is a loaf of bread. The defense gave up another play over 60 yards. It is becoming a theme of the Wilcox defense. This team is trying and you can’t help but to like them, but they are a long ways from being the Tennessee we all know.
Arkansas is fun to watch. They have a chance to win any game and besides Alabama they have the best chance to beat LSU. Petrino has done a great job finding ways to get his playmaker the ball, and that running game in the 4th qtr looked tough. Texas A&M has not won against an SEC team since 1995 and they want to come to the SEC. I guess for enough money anybody is willing to lose.
Not worth mentioning: Kentucky, Ole Mess, Vandy, and Miss St.
Big week for Tennessee! Can Dooley beat somebody that matters? UT Crowd needs to be jacked up for this one.