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SEC Week One Wrap Up: Welcome to Bizarro Land

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Welcome to Bizarro Land, where FCS schools knock of SEC teams, and teams from a state renowned for heat and humidity actually use that as an excuse for their play.

I highly recommend ESPN’s scoreboard for stats, drive summaries, etc. It’s much easier to work through than the College Football Final show featuring Homer (Rece Davis), Marble Mouth (Lou Holtz), and The May Queen (Mark May).

Here are my thoughts from week one of the 2010 season.

Ole Miss is worse off than I thought.
I knew the Rebels were going to be rebuilding this year, but I had no idea the defense would be bad enough to surrender 49 points to a mid-level FCS team like Jacksonville State. (No offense Gamecocks – that was a great game and win for your program.) Jeremiah Masoli did some things okay, but he doesn’t play defense and that’s what Houston Nutt sorely needs right now. Ole Miss is going to struggle to reach .500 this year.

Florida: you can’t blame the heat.
Gators QB John Brantley actually used this as one of his excuses for the Gators’ rather lazy play against Miami (OH). John, you play for the school that invented Gatorade, the drink that is supposed to help athletes perform in the heat! Florida wasn’t prepared at all and it showed throughout the game. Wonder if Meyer is contemplating another leave of absence? That could not have been good for his health.

Auburn’s Cam Newton may be for real. Too bad he doesn’t play defense.
Auburn kept it pretty simple with the O and that’s all they needed to dispatch Arkansas State. However, surrendering over 300 yards passing and 26 points to a lower-tier Sun Belt team doesn’t do much to back up Kirk Herbstreit’s prediction for the Tigers to win the SEC West. Auburn better get some pass defense STAT before they enter in the meat of the schedule against better opponents.

LSU, what can I say. It’s not me, it’s you.

That’s right. After saying on my podcast in the preseason preview that I would be the last person to jump from the LSU train/bandwagon, I would like to officially announce that I am off of that one now. LSU blew a 20 point lead to a team sitting over a dozen players and looked lost doing it. The offense is still nothing special and the defense can be had. So long, Les. By the way, looks like Rodriguez may not be leaving Ann Arbor, so enjoy your gig on Verses as color analyst.

Some final shots…
– I’d like to give props to Vanderbilt for battling Northwestern in the genius bowl down to the final minute. Congratulations for carrying on the tradition of being an unpredictable, scrappy team full of smart guys. You won’t win a lot of games, but at least you’ll go down swinging, unlike your punk former head coach (Bobby Johnson).

– Georgia fans have plenty to be excited about with new QB Aaron Murray. However, the A.J. Green/NCAA situation needs to be resolved quickly, as the Bulldogs really need him.

– South Carolina finally looked like a complete team in a game opener last Thursday night, and it’s about time. I wouldn’t pencil this bunch in the BCS just yet but the Gamecocks may be better than I originally thought.

– Mississippi State’s staff should be commended for the performance of their team in a 49-7 win against Memphis (a team that isn’t any good but has given SEC teams fits in recent years). The second year in Dan Mullen’s system seems to be working for the Bulldogs. It’ll be interesting to follow as they head into conference play this week.

– This just in: Alabama has a lot of talent and depth.

– And finally, to the Tennessee Volunteers and Derek Dooley, congratulations for dropping 50 on UT-Martin (masquerading in uniforms I’ve seen high schools wear) and looking angry about it all the while. The Vols will get trounced some this year but I fully believe Dooley can restore some luster to Rocky Top if given the time.

One week of college football is in the books.

Promo image of Jeremiah Masoli credit: Athlon Sports

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