This weekend did little to add any clarity to the SEC title chase, at least not in the West. LSU and Alabama still appear to be headed on a collision course to one of the better regular season games in the conference within recent memory.
Alabama looked bored by Vanderbilt for the first half and only mustered 14 measly points while allowing a few big plays before bowing up in the redzone and getting lucky with a couple of Vanderbilt missed field goals. The Tide continues
to absolutely dominate on the defensive side of the ball, to the point that I told my wife this weekend that I’m not sure it’s possible to have that many good athletes on one defense without cheating. Here’s hoping I’m wrong. They managed to knock out a third quarterback in two weeks and Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray decided to go ahead and get hurt this week to avoid the inevitable.
LSU and Tyrann “the honeybadger” Mathieu were opportunistic again but owe the Tide a little thank you card for knocking Florida’s first two quarterbacks out. The Tigers would have dominated this game even if John Brantley had played but it certainly didn’t hurt that he didn’t play. Trey Burton was asked following the game who had the better defense, Alabama or LSU, and he said that it was Alabama’s. LSU fans can be mad about this but the guy did just play both teams in consecutive weeks, so there’s probably some legitimacy to his comments.
In other news, Arkansas let Auburn score 14 first quarter points and then shut them down for the rest of the game and came away with a dominating
performance. Auburn has found ways to win consistently but their youth finally caught up with them in this one. Kiehl Frazier will more than likely be a quality player in the future but if he becomes the starter right now, Auburn fans can most likely expect some growing pains over the next couple of months.
Georgia and Tennessee played a mediocre game that could well decide the SEC East and it’s only fitting that the game was nothing spectacular. Georgia won and in the process returned themselves into the discussion of teams that could win the East but South Carolina, behind Connor Shaw, blew past Kentucky and re-asserted themselves as the favorite. Kentucky is nothing special, obviously, but I’d be surprised to see Shaw replaced by Stephen Garcia in the near future. Who knows, though, Steve Spurrier apparently has a weakness for Garcia’s impeccable hair and beard.