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Three weeks into the season, here’s how the yards per play offense/defense differential in the SEC (stats via cfbstats.com) lines up:
- Mississippi – 3.92
- Georgia – 3.49
- Mississippi State – 2.44
- Florida – 2.14
- LSU – 1.83
- Texas A&M – 1.68
- Missouri – 1.59
- Alabama – 1.30
- Arkansas – 1.24
- Vanderbilt – 1.06
- Tennessee – 0.19
- Kentucky – 0.11
- Auburn – (-0.39)
- South Carolina – (-1.84)
Sure, it’s a small sample size, but even so, there are some pretty clear indications of which teams are playing well and which teams not so much. For all that, I think the most surprising number is Alabama’s pedestrian 1.30 net ypp, which is only eighth-best in the conference. ‘Bama doesn’t do pedestrian.
You know, I’m actually having to give some serious thought to displacing Vanderbilt as the lowest ranked team in my SEC Power Poll vote.
And judging from this, I’m not the only one.
Former South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger, who was a part of some of the best defenses in USC history, tweeted his displeasure with what took place in Athens.
“Yeah that was my last time watching Carolina (probably),” he said. “I’ll watch when I hear they playing like Carolina and not the weakest team in SEC.”
The only thing more epic about the Oxford, Mississippi police trolling of Harvey Updyke is Updyke’s utter cluelessness about being trolled.
Sagarin’s ratings today are pretty amazing to see, with four of his top five spots held down by SEC teams, including one-loss Alabama.
Boy, when’s the last time anyone at Georgia so dramatically changed the perception of their standing as both Lambert and Schottenheimer did in a mere four hours last night?
As astoundingly impressive as Lambert’s showing was (he’s vaulted into fifth nationally in passer rating), I’m even more taken by what Georgia’s offensive coordinator pulled off. First, he’s Lambert’s position coach. Some of the credit for the improvement in Lambert’s game has to go to Schottenheimer.
But what was really great was letting everyone know from the get go that the answer to the question of why Georgia’s game planning in its first two games was so conservative was that, yes, he was holding something back. And when I say from the get go, I mean from the get go, as the Dawgs came out in their very first series throwing the ball.
And that’s why, of all the numbers Seth Emerson mentions in this piece, this number is my favorite:
Times that Georgia threw it on first down Saturday. The first two games of the season Georgia only threw it a combined nine times on first down.
No doubt this is one of the worst defenses I’ve seen South Carolina deploy under Spurrier. But Schottenheimer made them look bad by going away from the tendencies he’d established. All in all, just a brilliant night. No wonder Spurrier made an effort after shaking hands with Richt last night to find Schottenheimer in the crowd on the field and congratulate him. The master knew what his pupil had accomplished.
I’m not going to argue it’s a sign that the Alabama dynasty under Saban is over, but what does it say about a program that in losing gives up two signature plays of the year in the last couple of seasons?
Mark Schlabach is already referring to that play as the “Tip Six”.
I’m guessing the next Saban presser isn’t going to be a mellow affair. Or Monday’s Finebaum show.