I have a few quibbles about their performance, but really they’re nothing more than nitpicks. CMU got more pressure than I thought it would, which happens to be “any at all,” and the defense lost focus early in the second half. This game would have been closer for longer if Dan LeFevour actually ran the ball before the final drive of the second quarter.
They played like they should have played and won like they should have won.
Will Hurricane Ike let them play next week? It’s looking better now than it did Sunday when I originally drew up these rankings and comments.
The 26-3 final score doesn’t give a fully accurate impression of the game. The UF offensive staff got outcoached, but fortunately the Miami offensive staff did too. The Gator defense looked really good against a vanilla Miami attack, but they didn’t look as dominating as the stats make them out to be.
They started strong and kind of let off the gas a bit, but the passing game had a pulse and the defense and running were still there. Without some uncharacteristic fumbles, Auburn’s margin of victory would have been much greater.
Welcome back down to earth, and how. Without some great special teams plays, the Tide might have only won this one 7-6.
6. Ole Miss
Jevan Snead is Matt Jones, Jr. and Ole Miss would qualify as about the third best team in the ACC. They battled the whole game and easily could have won. This one portends good things in Oxford.
They better show something against UAB. And by that I mean the Blazers better not be anywhere near contention in the fourth quarter.
This year’s Mississippi State? A definite maybe on that for now.
9. South Carolina
They had their chances, but the offense stunk without McKinley. Then again, it wasn’t exactly putting up fireworks with him. They didn’t play like they wanted it as badly as Vandy did, and the defense fell apart to a degree in the second half.
I never thought I’d see Spurrier lose twice to Vandy, much less twice in a row.
Maybe Cobb is the answer at quarterback, but how much can you really learn against a I-AA team?
11. Mississippi State
You beat SELA. Congratulations.
Another close call against a bad team. They will be fortunate to win more than one conference game.