Saturday, September 19, 2009

Hold your Head High

I'm not a big "Moral Victory" guy, but what UT did on Saturday in the Swamp was certainly admirable. They battled with one Crompton tied behind their back, and played inspired defense. Credit the Kiffins...Monty for a tremendous design and a fierce and confusing defense, and Lane for having the patience and wisdom to not take shots when he clearly had to be chomping at the bit. Tim Tebow was made to look human, and, in fact, his sideline ranting looked a bit foolish. For the record, Eric Berry IS the best pure football player in the land and will be collecting checks on Sundays long after Tebow is preaching on Sundays.
UT fan should feel very good about the future prospects of this staff. Couple this effort with that of Steve Sarkisian's Husky crew in dumping USC and it not hard to see the kind of talent Pete Carroll had on that staff at one time. Lane Kiffin learned to rely on the defense to keep him in the game and don't let the offense lose it...a lesson learned a week to late for the UCLA game, but at least it was learned...

Monday, September 7, 2009

SEC Week One Thoughts

EAST

Florida- A 60 point favorite, they won by 59….slackers. Really, we learned nothing.

UT- After a sluggish start, Vols did what they needed to do. In the end, only one of the super 6 freshman actually started the game, Marsalis Teague, but they all looked good. Montario Hardesty not ready to give up carries. Team looked loaded with offensive talent for the future, making finding a QB that much more critical…Crompton looked good after forcing the ball early but we need to see him and this whole team under some real stress. UCLA may provide that….looking for a 10-14 point win and a strong defensive effort to set up a chance to stay in the building in 2 weeks in the Swamp…

Georgia- What we thought…Joe Cox is not a first rate SEC QB. Might as well go with one of the young guys, because they are not going to do anything with this group…Huge game this week, home against SC….who.....

South Carolina- How long can Steve Spurrier watch this kind of offense? Very strong D again, but this reminds me of the offensive “Genius” Brian Billick in Baltimore..

Kentucky-Nice offense in hammering of Miami of Ohio…so like Vandy and UT, they can dominate bad teams from lesser conferences…Off this week…

Vandy- 433 yards rushing? 2 Freshman over 100 yards? Biggest opening day win since 1950? Great stuff…but it would have been much more impressive if Western Carolina wasn’t division 1 AA…I mean this wasn’t exactly Appalachian St.! Sorry Michigan fan!

WEST

Bama-500 yards of offense against that D? The line got better before our eyes…McElroy improved from rocky start and now he gets some to play in the Sun Belt for a couple of weeks before the Arkansas game…not even the better Sun Belt teams! FIU and North Texas…we won’t have much to say about the Tide until they play Arkansas. As for now, they look great on Defense and are the class of the West until someone stops them…

LSU-Giving up almost 500 yards to Washington? Come on, now! They should have ripped the Huskies…anywhere! I really think there is some serious slippage going on here…

Ole Miss-Memphis score was very deceiving…Snead really struggled…it will be interesting to see Memphis this week against Middle Tennessee in the Boro…may give us a better read on the Rebels…maybe just a wake up call…

Auburn-Very nice to run for over 300 yards in the debut…of all the cupcakes playing the SEC, Louisiana Tech was the best…took a while to wear ‘em down, but a good start…

Miss St.-Who knows? Southern? Really? Trip to Auburn will reveal a lot about both…