Except for the LSU/North Carolina game, the first weekend of big boy SEC football was rather meaningless. Granted, Mississippi St. and Kentucky decided to step up and play decent teams. South Carolina brought in Southern Miss. while Vanderbilt decided to host Northwestern, which resulted in a loss; however in my opinion there is no shame in that loss. After all Northwestern was 8-5 last year.
Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee all dialed in very safe, subpar teams.
Ah and then there is Ole Miss earning the Calvert Games Shame of the Week honors by taking one on the chin in double overtime to Jacksonville State. Seriously? Are you kidding me? I watched the game as it moved to overtime and I was left thinking that the Mississippi AD should fire Coach Nutt on the spot. Ridiculous.
All in all, a 10-2 opening weekend for the SEC that was highlighted by subpar competition, a disaster in Oxford, poor execution by Florida, and a ho-hum LSU victory over a depleted North Carolina team.
SEC play starts next weekend featuring a pretty good looking UGA squad traveling to Columbia to play the always tough Fighting Chickens. Auburn goes on the road to see if Mississippi St. has improved, and LSU gets consecutive road games (Vanderbilt).
Florida better get its act together in a hurry or the South Florida Bulls may just ring ‘em, which would be a really bad start to the post Tebow era.
Of course the big one of the weekend sees Alabama hosting Penn St. This should be another embarrassment for the Big 10.
All for this week. Go Dawgs!