Category Archives: SEC Football

Wednesday morning buffet

Plenty to nosh on this morning…

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SEC Power Poll, Week 2

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A sort of normalcy returned to the conference this week.  I feel as strongly about number fourteen as I do about number one.  Progress of a sorts, I guess.

  1. Alabama.  Nick Saban doesn’t know if he’s been “this disappointed after winning a game, maybe ever.”  Coach, please.
  2. Texas A&M.  Flat out crushed its cupcake game.  Nothing else to see here, move on.
  3. Tennessee.  Started out slow, but took out an opponent that couldn’t get out of its own way for the rest of the game.  Which is what a good team is supposed to do, right?
  4. Florida.  Man, the pleasures of an early light schedule.
  5. Arkansas.  Enjoyed a nice win over a ranked team.  Let’s see if this is the year the Hogs fulfill their early promise.
  6. Ole Miss.  Cruised against an FCS opponent in a yawner of a game.
  7. Georgia.  If you’re into hot takes, the Dawgs are giving you a severe case of whiplash.
  8. LSU.  Sayonara, Brandon Harris.
  9. Mississippi State.  The Bulldogs may have found themselves a quarterback, too.
  10. Auburn.  When in doubt, play a team with a bunch of kids who went to the hospital during the week prior to the game.
  11. Missouri.  I know it was against Eastern Michigan, but when you consider that the Tigers only broke thirty points once last season, scoring 61 looks like a step up for their offense.
  12. Vanderbilt.  Is Ralph Webb the SEC’s best player on a shitty team?  (That was a rhetorical question.)
  13. South Carolina.  Boom, you lost by thirteen points to a team that couldn’t get past South Alabama.  The only reason the ‘Cocks aren’t any lower is because…
  14. Kentucky.  In a conference full of stupid coaching contract provisions, is there any one stupider than Mark Stoops’ $12 million buyout?

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Eh? How’s that Year of the Quarterback going, SEC?

Not too well after week one, thanks for asking.

Again though, it’s not worth making too much out of one week, but here’s how the numbers stacked up in Kickoff Week:

There’s a good mix of quarterback talent in other leagues, particularly the Big 12, but the ACC is certainly off to a great start. The SEC … not so much.

To put it another way, out of the top passer ratings at cfbstats.com, there are two SEC quarterbacks listed in the first sixty.  For comparison’s sake, in 2012 three SEC quarterbacks finished in the top ten.

I think the technical term for this is meh.

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Conference commissioners say the darnedest things.

Greg Sankey knows what kind of week it was for his conference.  To the spin machine, Batman!

“What’s the old cliché? Teams show more improvement from Week 1 to Week 2 than any other point of the year,” Sankey said. “I don’t think it’s a rough week. It’s a week in college football. We’ve played some great games and challenged ourselves the first week. That’s good for college football.”

And that was his take before Ole Miss’ meltdown against FSU.  Guess he’s gonna need a bigger cliché.

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This is your Year of the Quarterback, SEC.

Jeez, check out these passer ratings for every conference quarterback who threw at least fifteen passes in anger in the first week of the season.  Except for Drew Barker — who lost, by the way — the rest range from mediocre to abysmal.

Alabama and Georgia didn’t have a quarterback with fifteen attempts, which is why you don’t see theirs listed.  But their leading passers, both true freshmen, would be second and third on that list if included.

If you’re looking for reasons to explain the SEC’s early struggles, that’s not a bad place to start.

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UPDATE:  In case you’re wondering, the QBR story isn’t any prettier.

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SEC Power Poll, Week 1

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Damn, I feel like putting together this first power poll is a form of punishment.  It comes after the most brutal opening week the conference has suffered through in a while.  It’s tempting to call the SEC ‘Alabama and the 13 Dwarfs’, but let’s not go there just yet.

  1. Alabama.  I know it’s early, small sample size and all that, but, honestly, is there another team you can see winning the SEC West right now?  Or the SEC, for that matter?
  2. Texas A&M.  Give John Chavis a nasty defensive line and he can do plenty of damage.  The Aggies could have blown the game against a Top 20 opponent, but give them credit for resiliency.
  3. Georgia.  A 2B to TAMU’s 2A, the Dawgs deserve some props for holding things together, too.  Nick Chubb answered all the questions about his health; now the team gets a couple of weeks to find more answers before hitting the meat of the schedule.
  4. Tennessee.  Taking a decent Appy State team for granted is fixable.  I’m not so sure the same can be said for the Vols’ offensive line or Josh Dobbs’ passing.
  5. Florida.  The Gators have a defense, so that’s something.
  6. Arkansas.  I don’t think Bert wants to win games with his quarterback throwing 29 times, but maybe he’s changed.
  7. Ole Miss.  When you have one of those tale of two halves games, a lot of times it’s an indication that your team depth is questionable.  We’ll see if the Rebels are built for the long haul.
  8. LSU.  An inconsistent Brandon Harris doesn’t surprise me.  An inconsistent offensive line, though, is a different story.  Welcome back to the hot seat, Les.
  9. Auburn.  So, we’re really supposed to think Kevin Steele’s fashioned a great defense now?
  10. South Carolina.  “Kids, pull up a chair and I’ll tell you about the time Coach Muschamp’s team led the SEC East.”
  11. Mississippi State.  That was a different kind of clanga we heard this week.
  12. Missouri.  The Tigers scored a touchdown!  Baby steps, right?
  13. Vanderbilt.  That offense is bad, and Derek Mason didn’t help things by changing quarterbacks after Vandy’s only touchdown drive of the game.
  14. Kentucky.  Generally speaking, when the head coach has to apologize to the fan base for laying an egg in the opener, that’s not a good sign.

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Such a deal

When you compare the cost of hot seats

If LSU was ready to fire Les Miles for going 9-3, then it will be ready to fire him if he goes 9-3 again. Except for one thing: His buyout still exceeds $10 million — $12.9 million, to be exact – if he is fired before December 31. That would be payable over six years, but still.

Kentucky’s Mark Stoops has had back-to-back 5-7 seasons, but what has frustrated fans in the Commonwealth is that the Wildcat have had 5-1 and 4-1 starts in the past two seasons, then faltered. But Stoops seems safe regardless of the win total considering he has a $12 million buyout.

Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin has gone from 11 wins to nine to eight then eight again. A&M isn’t crazy about paying a coach $5 million to go 8-5, but the school might feel uncomfortable paying a huge buyout – if Sumlin is axed after this season, he would be owed $15 million, payable within 60 days.

Auburn’s Gus Malzahn took the Tigers to the national championship game in 2013, his first season as coach. Since then, Auburn has gone 8-5 and 7-6. That hasn’t instilled confidence on the Plains. Auburn is average at quarterback and running back, which doesn’t bode well for Malzahn’s attack. But can Auburn afford to pay him off if he has another seven-win season? It would owe him $6.7 million.

… junking the Gus Bus is a relative bargain.  Shrewdly managed, Jay Jacobs.

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