Sunday, November 22, 2009

SEC Wrapup : Thoughts on Georgia, LSU Meltdowns

Another good week of football is wrapped up, but it is saddened by the realization that just two weeks remain in the regular season.

It was also a good week picking games again going 8-1 Straight Up and 6-3 Against The Spread.

My thoughts on the week that was in the SEC and around the nation.

I really wanted to pick Kentucky for the win straight up (my numbers told me UK by 2), but the Randall Cobb injury situation scared me off.

Turnovers killed Georgia again. UGA out gained Kentucky by 227 yards and threw for more yards (291) than the Wildcats had total.

You have to feel for a guy like Joe Cox who waited four years for his turn and to play so poorly on Senior night with 12 for 30 passing and two interceptions.

Georgia has a highly touted freshman they are redshirting this season at QB. I would think Mark Richt would have learned his lesson with Knowshon Moreno and played the true freshman Aaron Murray if he was going to have a big impact on the season.

But it doesn't end with the QB and turnovers. Georgia's defense gave up 30 plus points to a team who had not scored that many on an SEC team all season.

You have to tip your cap to Rich Brooks. The man who proclaimed he was "still here" at the SEC Media Days a few years back has the Wildcats in line for a fourth straight bowl. The only coach other than Brooks to win three straight bowls at UK was Paul "Bear" Bryant. Not bad company.

Brooks broke another Kentucky streak on Saturday winning in Athens for the first time since 1977.

Where does Georgia go from here? Probably to Shreveport or Memphis as it looks likely the Bulldogs will finish 6-6 barring an upset of Georgia Tech in Atlanta next Saturday.

Georgia has officially replaced Ole Miss as the most disappointing season in the SEC. This team has talent, so Richt has to answer some serious questions about his coaching staff after this season.

I love it when I nail close spreads. LSU fans hate it when their coach cannot manage the game clock inside of the 30 seconds.

You can read all you want about the game and its ending and draw you own conclusions. But I think Les Miles blew it when he waited 17 seconds to call time out after third down. But I also think a home clock operator gives LSU two seconds instead of one after Tolliver's catch (he was clearly on the ground at two).

Should Les Miles be on the hot seat? No, but maybe his o-line coach should be after LSU put up just 40 yards rushing. You are telling me that mammoth line can't get two yards per attempt?

Florida and Alabama both won big. I wonder who got the jump on the SEC Championship Game preparation?

And now some national thoughts...

Texas' Colt McCoy set the NCAA record for all time wins at 43 and did it with an extremely accurate arm within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. Texas has exploded after the Oklahoma win, but who is hotter right now - a Colt McCoy led Texas offense or Colt McCoy's girlfriend?

Somewhere Sammy Baugh is smiling with TCU's best start in 71 years. And somewhere an AD is looking up Gary Patterson's phone number.

Michigan's Tate Forcier threw four interceptions and added a fumble in the Wolverines sixth straight loss to Ohio State.

After the game Forcier texted the AP - "I lost that game". What is a college QB doing texting the AP, much less a true freshman? Rich Rod said the starting job is open in the off season. Maybe this will bring Forcier back to Earth.

I was rooting for Arizona against Oregon. I wanted to see the Wildcats in their first Rose Bowl ever. I like teams who have a chance to do something they have never done before.

But I didn't like the Arizona students crowding on the sideline as regulation wound down. You have been waiting for 100 years and you can't wait five more minutes until your team actually wins?

Stanford lost following their win over USC making the Cardinal the third team this season to lose the week following a win over the Trojans. What's your deal Stanford?

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