So how long will they sit Tebow? With a trip to Baton Rouge only 2 weeks away, I think we have our answer. The concussion is a unique injury in sports in that there really isn’t a tangible set of symptoms and no measurable table of recovery. It’s a judgment call (hopefully not that of the player himself) and one that can lead to a lifetime of consequences if not handled properly. With Tebow, Florida cruises undefeated into the SEC title game and a showdown with fellow unbeaten Bama for the SEC and eventually the NCAA title. I think the Gators will still be unbeaten in the regular season with or without him, but I’m not sure they can beat the Tide with John Brantley.
Ole Miss 10 @ South Carolina 16
You could say Ole Miss is merely another victim of the predictable Thursday night road game ambush, but they looked worse than that. They didn’t just look like a good team having a bad night, they looked like a legitimately bad, unprepared team, simultaneously curious and terrified at the big top 5 rating hovering over their heads. Despite the offensive meltdown, the Cocks begged the Rebs to win this game, going 3-and-out on their last five possessions. QB Jevan Snead looked as scared and confused as a woman in a round-a-bout, and the playcalling and execution was worse. I’ll give credit to a talented SC defense for the win, but more credit should go to the piss poor play of Ole Miss. The Cocks do lose starting DT Travian Robertson for the season with a torn ACL.
LSU 30 @ Miss St 26
This was my first chance to really watch MSU, so here are a few thoughts: Dan Mullen is a square-jawed Tony Soprano, which makes him the most intimidating man in america, and, Dan Mullen is a good football coach. These two things are typically not mutually exclusive. On paper, MSU is the worst team in the league. Throw in the fact they’re transitioning from Sly Croom’s punt-focused offense to the spread, and that State’s already won a conference game and came within a simple outstrectch of the football from beating LSU, is pretty damned impressive. The gauntlet doesn’t stop, as Ga. Tech and team d’jour Houston visit the Pasture in the next two weeks.
Bama 35 @ Arkansas 7
Just when talk of ‘Petrino the Genius’ began to make its unanticipated return, they go out and get manhandled at home by what a growing contingency believe is the best team in college football. Previously the nation’s most effiecient passer, QB Ryan Mallet was suffocated and aptly welcomed to his new conference finishing an abysmal 12-35 for 135 yds and an INT. There is no denying the ‘naystiness’ of the Tide D, but its the offense that’s catapulted the Tide to the forefront of the national title picture, abstract as it may be. QB Greg McElroy has looked like a position upgrade. With a USC-like stable of running backs and Julio Jones, Saban’s offense is deliberate and yet remains unpredictable. Arkansas played the run and dared McElroy to beat them, and he did. Conversely, the Bama defensive front dared the Arkansas O-line to block them, and they did not, at all. The news is bittersweet for the Tide however, as stud LB Dontae (apostrophes somewhere in there) Hightower is done for the year with a knee ligament.
Florida 41 @ UK 7
Scores, stats, summaries, none if it matters. This will forever be remembered as the game that mortalized Tim Tebow and demoralized Kentucky fans thirsty for but a mere quarter of drama. Also, I’m not sure Kentucky even had stats. Let’s move along…
Arizona St 17 @ UGA 20
The Sun Devils came into the Hedges with the nation’s best defense, which means nothing more than they played two highly untalented cupcakes to start the year. Blair Walsh hit a 37 yd FG at the buzzer and UGA can’t be all that disappointed with their 3-1 record with the schedule they’ve played. In other news, A.J. Green just might be the best WR in the nation. Not only did he catch 8 balls for 153 yds and a TD, he also blocked a 4th quarter FG that would’ve given State the lead.
Ball St. 30 @ Auburn 54
Just think for a minute about how far Auburn has come offensively since last season’s theatrically putrid campaign that managed a meager 17ppg, a bushel of INT’s and the ousting of its legendary coach. Now, with Gus Malzahan calling the plays and pretty much the same personnel, Auburn is averaging 42ppg and more importantly remains undefeated in what most believed would be long and painful rebuilding process on the Plains. The question isn’t whether Malzahan is really that good, it’s, where will Malzahan be the HC coach next season?
Vandy 36 @ Rice 17
Ohio 23 @ UT 34
Chad Jones, S, LSU: 7 tackles, 93-yard punt return TD, and the game saving pass deflection in the endzone. The lefty is just as nasty on the mound.
Greg McElroy, QB, Bama: 17-24, 291 yds 3 TD’s
A.J. Green, WR, UGA: 8 catches, 153 yds, TD, blocked FG. Silk.
Chris Todd, QB, Auburn: 19-26, 287 yds, 5 TD’s
Eric Norwood, LB, SC: 11 tackles, 2 sacks, blocked punt. Became school’s alltime career sacks leader with 28.
1. Florida (4-0; 2-0)
2. Alabama (4-0; 1-0)
3. LSU (4-0; 2-0)
4. UGA (3-1; 2-0)
5. Sou’Clina (3-1; 1-1)
6. Auburn (4-0; 1-0)
7. Ole Miss (2-1; 0-1)
8.Tennessee (2-2; 0-1)
9. Kentucky (2-1; 0-1)
10. Arkansas (1-2; 0-2)
11. Miss St. (2-2; 1-2)
12. Vandy (2-2; 0-2)
Bama @ UK + 17.5
LSU @ UGA -2.5
Ole Miss @ Vandy +10
Ga. Tech @ Miss St. + 4.5
Auburn @ UT -2
Arkansas @ Texas A&M +1
SC St. @ SC