The Wrapup

By Adam Caparell - October 08, 2006

A big day of college football and there’s a lot to take it. But there are certainly a number of things that I think we learned today and a lot of it comes out of the SEC.

Georgia is not anywhere close to a Top 10 team. Despite scoring as many points as they did against Tennessee in their loss, they still have questions on offense and apparently their defense doesn’t stand up much against some actual competition.

Look at the Bulldogs schedule. Western Kentucky, South Carolina, UAB, Colorado and Ole Miss. Only South Carolina has a winning record among those five teams. Only one. It looks like we’ve been fooled a little bit. The Bulldogs, who had the No. 1 ranked scoring defense heading into this game, couldn ‘t handle a formidable offense in the Vols. They were the nation’s top ranked scoring defense, giving up around seven points per game. They got shredded, literally. 51 points. Over 350 yards of total offense. Over 260 yards passing.

Eirk Ainge is a big time QB and had another huge game. The Vols offense is downright dangerous. Their defense, on the other hand, was able to get to Georgia’s QBs and is talented enough to play with anyone in the nation.

Quick Hits

- Who would have thought that Arkansas would be able to determine its own destiny after the first weekend of October in the SEC West? With their win over Auburn and with LSU now with two losses, Arkansas is a perfect 3-0 in the standings. Imagine if we saw an Arkansas-Florida SEC title game.

It was surprising to say the least to watch Auburn give up the big plays and such a big rushing day. Not Saturday. They gave up 6.2 yards per carry against the Razorbacks and that’s ridiculous for a Tigers defense. Arkansas simply out-muscled and out-manned Auburn up front today and it was pretty clear that Auburn didn’t give the Razorbacks the kind of attention they deserved.

- Colt McCoy looks like he’s going to be one heck of a quarterback. He threw some beautiful passes today. That’s two in a row for Texas and Mack Brown over Oklahoma. Adrian Peterson got his 100-plus yards today, but they weren’t backbreaking yards and the Texas D handled Paul Thompson. They couldn’t let him beat them and they didn’t.

- JaMarcus Russell made mistakes. LSU made mistakes. LSU lost because they couldn’t take care of the ball. Nothing surprising there.

Tim Tebow stole the show in this game and he’s going to be a stud at Florida, but it’s Chris Leak’s team and people can’t forget that he’s a senior leading the best team in the SEC. Anyone calling for Tebow to take over is insane. Leak’s as good as anyone and even if he didn’t have a big game today he’s much better than Tebow right now.

- Cal is looking pretty good. That offense is clicking and Nate Longshore is on top of his game. They’re certainly more than capable of knocking off USC when they meet Nov. 18. That’s a long time away, but USC is showing some vulnerability letting Washington and Washington State stay in these past two games and the Huskies had a very legitimate shot at beating the Trojans at home today. If they played today, you’d have to go with Cal, I think.

As an aside, when I turned on the game, I thought Cal was actually Oregon with those horrendously colored uniforms. For the first time ever, the Ducks opponent had uglier jerseys than the Ducks themselves.

- Gutty win by Georgia Tech, coming back against a bad Maryland team. Tech could have easily lost that game after their huge in against Virginia Tech last week, but they avoided the let down. That’s a mark of a good team and a team serious about winning its division and conference.

- The poor officiating continues. The most glaring bad-call Saturday: Minnesota got jobbed on that fourth down pass interference call against Penn State and promptly went on to lose the game.

- Missouri had a nice win that I thought they wouldn’t get against Texas Tech on the road. Missouri is now 6-0 for the first time since in over 30 years and it looks like they’re going to be the team to beat in the Big 12 North for the moment. Nebraska certainly should be able to give them a run for their money, but the Cornhuskers finally beat someone of consequence today in Iowa State. Then again, the Red Raiders were the first real legitimate team the Tigers have beaten so far.

- Will Colorado every get its first win? The Buffaloes lost to Baylor today, at home, in triple overtime. So much for building off of that near win against Georgia.

And another pathetic team, Illinois, comes out and promptly losses to lowly, lowly Indiana after it’s great win over Michigan State last week. That should make the Spartans feel even better about that loss.

- Teams that officially dropped out of the national title hunt: LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon.

Biggest Winner: It has to be Arkansas considering it put itself into position to determine it’s own destiny in the SEC West. And no one could have predicted that a month ago.

Biggest Loser: The Yankees. But on the college football front I think I’ll go with LSU. I thought the Tigers would go and show Florida it was the superior team and they simply couldn’t take care of the ball and Russell showed he’s not to be trusted in a big game. LSU not only dropped itself from any national title hopes with two losses, it might have just dropped itself from any SEC West title contention hopes as well.

Took A Step Forward: Arkansas, Cal, Florida

Took A Step Back: Georgia, LSU

Player of the Day: Erik Ainge was 25-of-38 for 268 yards and 2 TDs and no INTs against that supposedly stingy Georgia D.

Quoteworthy: "You've got to be creative in this league." - Florida coach Urban Meyer on Tim Tebow’s “jump pass” touchdown throw in the first half of the Gators big win.

AC Top 10
1. Ohio State
2. Florida
3. Michigan
4. West Virginia
5. USC
6. Texas
7. Louisville
8. Cal
9. Notre Dame
10. Auburn

Posted by Adam Caparell at 01:21 AM on October 08, 2006

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