Games this week seemed to reinforce general perceptions. I’ve added net yard per game again as a general indicator about which schools are overachieving and which may not be.
- Alabama (+195.8). A thrilling comeback win in Death Valley may obscure the question of what a career game for Zach Mettenberger means.
- LSU (+138.1). Give Les Miles credit for coming up with a terrific game plan, or blame him for taking a series of ill-advised gambles that failed to pay off? Yes to both.
- Georgia (+126.9). The defense everyone expected to see at the beginning of the season has finally shown up. Which means the Dawgs will go as far as their offensive line takes them.
- Florida (+45.9). The Gator offense grows creakier by the week.
- South Carolina (+68.9). How ironic would it be if what haunts Spurrier after the season isn’t the scheduling against the West but the loss to Florida?
- Texas A&M (+182.5). Okay, maybe they haven’t shocked the world, but the Aggies have produced a damned fine debut season.
- Vanderbilt (+68.9). The Commodores are doing to others what others have done to them.
- Mississippi State (+9.2). Coach Mullen, it’s not that you did a poor job of preparing your team. It’s that your team wasn’t that good to start with.
- Mississippi (+20.5). Scheme will only take you so far, Rebels.
- Arkansas (+15.1). Going toe-to-toe with Tulsa has to be almost as disheartening as having to beat two of the next three ranked opponents to qualify for a bowl game.
- Tennessee (+2.0). Racking up 718 yards of offense against a Sun Belt team is one thing. Needing to rack up 718 yards of offense against a Sun Belt team is quite another.
- Missouri (-8.3). The Tigers wish they could play Kentucky again.
- Auburn (-123.5). Nine games in, Auburn gets its first win in regulation. Gene Chizik will tell you that’s something to build on.
- Kentucky (-122.6). As final straws go, a 40-0 loss to Vanderbilt is as good as any.