As we head into the off week, I for one am extremely pleased with where Alabama is. I’ve already commented on the overwhelming confidence Las Vegas has in our destiny for this season, but here are some more interesting numbers for you this morning:
Points are ultimately what matter. The following are the leading scoring offenses and defenses in the SEC at this point in the season, with the standings of where the teams rank nationally in those categories also listed.
Ole Miss 40th
Mississippi State 57th
Mississippi State 14th
Ole Miss 101st
*The one stat that may be misleading is Georgia’s offense; ever since the return of AJ Green the Bulldog offense has found new life.
*Is there a worse QB combination in all of college football than Jarrett Lee/Jordan Jefferson? Only Tennessee and Vandy have worse offenses than LSU. Really makes that “defensive stand” in Jordan-Hare last Saturday that more impressive, doesn’t it?
A Pleasant Rocky Top
People, the Volunteers are beat down almost beyond recognition. I made the trip up to Rocky Top, wearing something Crimson the entire time. From Thursday till Sunday, not a soul said a word to me. In fact, I didn’t hear one UcheaT fan talking smack the entire weekend. Even the fans sitting around us were almost apologetic at how bad they were. Before the game, solemn looks were all I saw from Vols of all ages.
I did overhear one UcheaT fan at breakfast Saturday ranting about how much she hated Bama, and that she loathed the “We beat the hell out of you song they play at the end.” She was in her 60’s and looked like she had been born with a cigarette in her mouth. I just smiled at here from the next table, and over my cup of coffee I kindly offered that she just might want to leave in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Still, I assured them all that Derrick Dooley is the answer longterm, but the looks I got in return were empty and deflated. I think they thought I was trying to be funny, but I wasn’t. It seems the Kiffin hangover is still lingering. When a program buys in to a trendy hire and the gimmicks that come with it, and subsequently when the air leaves the balloon, it seems the recovery time is brutal.
There is a difference between hard work to get you to the top and trendy moves. It’s true in business, relationships, sports and literally every area of life. Hard work always prevails.
Bama has worked hard to be where they are. Everything else is a house of cards, ready to fall. And looking around the SEC, the cards are propped up quite nicely.
Toughest Places to Play?
Though in recent years kids and business interests have taken me away from the ultimate college video game, NCAA 2011, each year EA Sports adjusts the difficulty levels associated with the hardest places to play in college football.
The distinctions aren’t a shot in the dark by any means, as the company seems to think of everything each year to make it as realistic as possible.
Making the list for this year’s game:
#2. Florida – The Swamp
#3. LSU – Tiger Stadium
#4. Alabama – Bryant-Denny Stadium
#7. Tennessee – Neyland Stadium
#12. Auburn – Jordan-Hare Stadium
#13. Georgia – Sanford Stadium
#24. Arkansas – Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium
Just missing was South Carolina. Funny, didn’t see Commonwealth Stadium, Scott Field or Vaught Hemingway Stadium on the list. It’s rumored that for 2012’s version of the game curious phantom touchdowns will be awarded to the home team in JH.
What do you do with an off week?
According to Kirby Smart, for the players, you heal and get back to fundamentals. For the staff its an opportunity to spend time looking down the schedule and scheme for who’s coming up. Alabama head coach Nick Saban echoed the same sentiments in an interview following the game.
Alabama is banged up but didn’t look it in Knoxville, finishing strong heading into the break. It was a rivalry game, and though the Vols aren’t what they once were, UcheaT did take the team Abarn is pumping their chest about beating (at home) down to the final play in Baton Rouge.
Looking down the line at our final five games before Glendale, is there a better coaching staff in all the land you’d rather have planning for you this morning?
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