Most of it was the usual suspects – SEC teams taking on various mid-major teams and lower division squads with varying degrees of haplessness. But there were a few items of note:
- Kentucky and Tennessee struggled on defense. The Cats couldn’t stop the run. The Vols gave up a ton of passing yards. UK wasn’t very good on defense last season, so that’s not entirely surprising, but the Vols actually looked worse.
- Mississippi State looked like you’d expect. MSU has a very underrated run defense and a porous secondary, just like last season. Dak Prescott was somewhat sloppy, which comes with the territory of opening on the road, but got the job done.
- Auburn has a pass rush again. Some of that’s due to Boom and some due to getting guys like Lawson back.
- So much for the Jeremy Johnson Heisman candidacy. Yes, that’s what struggling looks like. The three interceptions have to be really troubling for Gus. I loved the suggestions after the game that he might have to dumb down the playbook.
- ‘Bama’s gonna ‘Bama. Sure, Wisconsin’s offense was a perfect match for Saban’s defense, but the Tide pretty much had its way throughout. And Alabama’s running game is more than stout.
- BREAKING: John Chavis is not underpaid. Last season, Texas A&M taught me not to jump to conclusions after one game, but if there was anything more impressive than the Aggies’ defense yesterday, I’d love to hear about it. Nine freaking sacks. I’m already regretting my preseason prediction for TAMU. And I’m really wondering about how LSU’s defense is going to be without Chavis.
What did y’all see?