Week Two Around the SEC, and Beyond
Georgia’s victory over South Carolina was stunning. Clemson must be better than I expected, and North Carolina must be worse than I thought. I projected South Carolina’s defense to be overwhelming. But that didn’t happen. UGA pushed them around like children. Georgia will be tough in November. (South Carolina’s coaches almost got into a brawl during the game. Better hug it out. You got a long season ahead of you.)
Tennessee’s victory over Petrino’s Pill Poppers looks more magnificent than it really was based soley on scoreboard. The Vol defense was largely responsible for turnovers resulting in points. They produced six turnovers. Two were pick sixes, another two resulted in terrific field position. Tennessee had their hands full early on. The offense could not score and the defense was porous. I think we can beat them if we continue to improve. Their pass defense is vicious, though, and Marshall will have to perfect his technique to avoid interceptions. But I think we can run against them, based on their performance against Western Kentucky.
Based on the way Miami played Florida Atlantic last week, I thought the Gators defense would dominate Miami while the Gator offense would do enough to win. Not so fast, my friend. Florida’s quarterback seemed to lose his vision under pressure which weakened the pass game. Miami’s defense camped out in the middle and built a wall to stifle the run. It seemed to take Muschamp a very long time to accept that and exploit the outside. The Gator coaches bear quite a bit of responsibility for that loss.
Washington State Univerity 10, USC 7. And this inspite of several QB turnovers. Makes me feel a little better about our victory week one.