The Sunday Blog comes at you a little late because I had the audacity to take a 30-minute nap after we got home from Lexington this morning. Sorry.
1. I have to be honest that I have never been a huge fan of Brandon Powell. I just didn’t feel like he made people miss despite numerous opportunities. That said, I thought he played his best game as a Gator on Saturday night even though he only had 10 yards rushing and 24 receiving. He had an excellent punt return of 36 yards called back and a tough reception also called back because he went out of bounds first. But his TD run was all speed and fire and his giant catch-and-run on a big third-down play were important parts of the Gator win.
2. By the way — and I know this has a lot to do with who you have played conference-wise — but did you know there are only three Power Five teams with 2-0 conference records? They are Clemson, Southern Cal and Florida. Meanwhile, Miami continues to shoot up the rankings based on a 2-0 record and wins over Bethune-Cookman and Toledo. It’s not the Hurricanes’ fault that they were displaced by Irma any more than it’s FSU’s fault that the Seminoles had to go 21 days between games. No, I did not rank FSU, which is 0-2 and out of the race for a national title before September is over.
3. I think we all saw the Alabama handling Vanderbilt but, my oh my, that was downright embarrassing. Some of us thought Mississippi State would put up more of a fight against Georgia, but one thing we all have to remember is that every game is its own game. Just because you look good one week doesn’t mean you will look good the next. And that not every team is ready for the spotlight. It will be interesting to see how Georgia handles it this week at Tennessee, which could be a game for Butch Jones’ job.
4. Bryce Love probably doesn’t have a great shot at the Heisman Trophy, because Stanford already has two losses and the Cardinal play on the West Coast and there are a lot of lazy voters. But he’d be in my top five early. Love is so much fun to watch with the ball in his hands. He’s averaging 197 rushing yards a game. That’s good no matter what time you’re playing.