College Football Weekend Review - (Week 4)

College Football Weekend Review - (Week 4)
September 24, 2012, 12:30 pm
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College football is such a great game because you just never know what to expect. One reason it is this way and some people still have not figured this out is your dealing with 18-21 year old young men and it is very difficult to gauge how they will handle certain situations or environments. USC went down last week and Oklahoma lost this week. LSU was on the ropes at Auburn and we are not even done with September yet. This one known right now in college football is Alabama and they have looked like a very mature team, despite losing so many leaders off last years championship group. However, dont think they wont be tested and it will come when you least expect it, thats college football.LSU survived Auburn because of great defense and poor quarterback play by the Tigers. I dont want to pile on Kiehl Frazier; he is a young player trying to transform himself into a pro style quarterback. But is a perfect example of why Tim Tebow a Heisman winner in college has struggled so much to adjust in the pros. It is a different game coming from under center and its much easier to move a guy back than to move him forward at the quarterback position. I have not seen any sign of improvement from week one and the thing that concerns me most is he has not shown great poise or improvement in that area. The coaches see him every day and they know what they have to work with so as a Tiger fan you have to trust the staff.Zach Mettenberger had some good and bad and at times looked like a quarterback that was making his first road start in the SEC. He had two fumbles and one was costly at the two yard line, but he also made some good plays and hung in there for the victory. The Tigers need to clean up the penalties and the passing game before they go to the Swamp to face the Gators on October 6th. This game featured two great defensive end performances in Sam Montgomery (safety, 2.5 TFLs and a sack) and Corey Lemonier (2 sacks, 2 TFLs and a FF). Lemonier has now force 7 fumbles in his career.
Around the LeagueSouth Carolina won their 8th game in a row with a suffocating performance of Missouri. Connor Shaw finished the game with 20 straight completions showing why he is the unquestioned leader of the Gamecock offense. The Gamecocks have now won 10 in a row versus the East.Missouri needs to recruit a tight end for their offense. In games versus the big boys in the SEC, I just dont think they can be successful week in and week out without one. Sheldon Richardson was the lone bright spot for the Tigers in the loss has he forced a fumble helping the Tigers improve to 12 turnovers forced on the season.Mississippi State leads the country with 15 turnovers forced in four games. The Bulldogs are plus 13 in the turnover margin and have nine interceptions so far this season. Darrius Slay leads the league with four and Johnthan Banks has three.Florida had its first shutout of an SEC opponent in 11 years with the 38-0 blanking of Kentucky. The Gators forced three turnovers giving them seven already on the season. Last year Will Muschamps team only forced 14. The bright spot for the offense was the improvement in the third down conversions as they finished 1217.Tennessees Tyler Bray had his sixth four touchdown plus game of his career versus Akron. The defense continues to struggle but did manage three interceptions. Byron Moore stepped up with two interceptions and the Volunteers are 3-1 for the first time since 2006.Alabama almost had three consecutive shutouts for the first time since 1966 before giving up an oh by the way touchdown. The offense scored on its first six possessions and Nick Sabans team put it on auto pilot. AJ McCarron extended his streak to 176 passes without and interceptions and had 3 touchdowns passing. Alabama has led or been tied at halftime in 24 straight games.Ole Miss gets to take its high flying offense to Tuscaloosa this week to face the Crimson Tide. The win over Tulane was mostly about the defense though, getting its first shutout since 2008. The Rebels ran for over 300 yards for the 2nd time in four games.Arkansas is a train wreck right now and I feel for everyone involved. There is no true leadership and it is amazing to me to see what is happening in Fayetteville. Tyler Wilson returned but they still lost to Rutgers, even after Cobi Hamiltons 303 yard, three touchdown record setting day. The number that tells the story for me is the state line Knile Davis, 10 carries 17 yards. Thats all you need to know.Kentucky was up against it Saturday once Maxwell Smith was ruled out with a bum shoulder. The Wildcats rushed for over 100 yards in the first half on the Gators, but turnovers did in the Cats. They have lost 26 in a row to Florida. Texas A&M is quietly emerging as a sleeper team in the SEC West. Johnny Manziel accounted for five touchdowns in one half for the Aggies in the win over South Carolina State. The improved defense continued at A&M had three sacks giving them 16 in three games and a nation leading 5.33 per game. They get Arkansas at home this week in what should be a very interesting game.Georgia is playing as well as anyone in the country right now on both sides of the ball. Todd Gurley continues to show he is a legit freshman tailback and now leads the SEC in rushing. Jarvis Jones had two sacks versus Vanderbilt giving him 17 in the last 17 games. Aaron Murray is 2nd in the SEC in quarterback rating behind AJ McCarron.Vanderbilt has lost some steam after a moral victory in the opener versus South Carolina. They have lost to three teams who are a combined 12-0. The Commodores went with Jordan Rogers at quarterback in a somewhat surprising move but it didnt provide them the spark in the loss to Georgia. Vanderbilt is one of four SEC teams that have a bye this week (Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State).Here are some Game Notes from the SEC office - Six SEC teams are ranked in this weeks Associated Press and USA Today Top 25 polls. Four teams are ranked at the same spots in the top 10 in both polls Alabama first, LSU 3rd, Georgia 5th and South Carolina 6th. Florida is 11th in AP and 12th in USA Today while Mississippi State is 19th in USA Today and 21st in AP.
- Arkansas Cobi Hamilton set a single-game record with 303 receiving yards (on 10 catches and 3 TDs) against Rutgers. The total is the 14th highest in NCAA FBS history. The 303 yards is the most receiving yards and all-purpose yards in FBS this season.
- Georgia QB Aaron Murray had 2 passing and 1 rushing TD against Vanderbilt and now has 78 career TD responsibilities, which is tied with Kentuckys Tim Couch (1996-98) for 11th in SEC history.
- South Carolina QB Connor Shaw completed 20 straight passes against Missouri, going 20-of-21 for 249 yards and 2 TDs. The consecutive completion streak is tied for 2nd in SEC history. His 95.24 completion percentage is 2nd in SEC history (both behind Tee Martin, UT, 1998). His single-game pass efficiency rating of 226.27 is 16th highest in FBS this season and highest for any QB in a conference vs. conference game.
- SEC defenses have 5 shutouts this season. SEC defenses recorded 6 all of last season.
- Texas A&Ms Dustin Harris 96 yard punt return for a TD against South Carolina State is the longest in the FBS this season.
- SEC is 28-7 (.800) against non-conference foes this season. The league is second among all FBS conferences this season in non-conference win percentage (Big 12 24-3, .889).
- The SEC has a winning record against all FBS conference since 1997 except one. The SEC is 18-25 (.419) against teams in the Big East when the game was played.
- Alabama and Texas A&M are the only SEC teams to score first in all of its games this season

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