This past week was quite the whirlwind for me personally having done shows in Atlanta, high school games in Louisiana and an SEC opener in College Station. It was worth the grind as each opportunity brought me plenty of excitement. The launch of Texas A&M into the SEC was quite the spectacle and the setting fits perfectly with the league. There are some unique differences in the culture and the way the Aggies faithful go about their business. It is a must-do" on your bucket list if your favorite SEC team is headed to college station. The game was intense, spirited, hot and entertaining and for this week Will Muschamp got his biggest win as Gator head coach.The scene in Columbia looked electric on television and I am sure my partner Tony Barnhardt will have many stories to tell. The Bulldogs look like a national title contender to me and the Tigers look like a dangerous team to face. In all, the league represented itself quite well nationally. It continues to brand its football as the best in America. The loss by Arkansas may have some folks chuckling but this of us who watch this league day to day didn't have near the expectations for the Hogs as the pollsters. The loss of Petrino and the void in leadership was going to catch up to them in league play; we just didn't think the Warhawks would get it done first.Game ballsDan Mullen got a big win and Tyler Russell looked strong with three touchdowns passes. The race for third in the West is wide open and the Bulldogs look as good as anyone else.Maxwell Smith took some heat off his head coach Joker Phillips at Kentucky. He had a career best day going 30-39 with 354 yards. He had four touchdowns and three of which were in a second half where the Cats scored 30 unanswered points.Bo Wallace continues to shine at Ole Miss proving he is a legitimate dual threat quarterback. The Rebels are 2-0 and host Texas thus week.Jeff Driskel delivered a win in his first ever career start at Tex A&M. He was 13-16 with no interception and bootlegged a run to pick up a first down and seal the victory.Jarvis Jones is a ball playing Jesse. He had so many impact plays Saturday, but his interception and sack which forced a fumble pushed the Dogs to victory.AJ McCarron had four touchdowns for the Tide in a 35-0 win. He has been the leader of the team.Dylan Thompson looked like one of Spurrier's quarterbacks at Florida in leading South Carolina to victory. He had 330 yards and 3 touchdowns filling in for injured starter Connor Shaw.This WeekAlabama heads to Arkansas in what was a highly anticipated game. It still carries the same weight in the SEC even with the loss by the Hogs to La Monroe. My guy says Tyler Wilson plays, however I dont think it matters. The Arkansas defense has really not shown much in the first two games and the offense only ran for 96 yards in last weeks loss. We knew Bobby Petrino had the Razorbacks on cusp of winning the West. He needed to upgrade his defense and get Knile Davis back. I dont know if his departure has anything to do with how they have looked the first two weeks, but if I was John L. Smith I would focus on these two areas for this game. By the way Alabama has to make sure they tune out the noise of people like me who say they will win easily. They need to focus on the task at hand and not take Arkansas for granted.Tennessee has a chance to get a big win for Derek Dooley and the program. In some ways this game feels like the old Volunteer versus Gator match ups in the 90s. However the roles are reversed as far as the offense goes. Tennessee comes in with the high flying passing attack, while the Gators want to be balanced and play tough defense. Should be a great atmosphere on Rocky Top which is one of my favorite places to see a football game. For the first time since 2007, both teams are ranked for this showdown. The winner will have a leg up in the East with big games remaining against Georgia and South Carolina.
Big wins for Georgia and Florida
September 10, 2012, 1:37 pm