The Sunday Blog comes at you after a late, late night and for that, we thank you. Only nuts like myself were watching Texas and USC in double overtime at 1:30 a.m. Wait, you were, too?
1 — Gosh, the SEC seemed to change a lot on Saturday. Florida is still in the mix, Tennessee seems to be headed for a rough season, LSU is having buyer’s remorse, Auburn looks awful, Mississippi State may not be able to hold on to Dan Mullen after this season, Will Muschamp lost one of those games that you just can’t lose and how about them Commodores? At the same time, the SEC seems to be like it was last year. Which team is the second best? No idea.
2 — One of the great things about college football is that we can whine about a mediocre schedule on a Saturday and IT STILL TURNS OUT TO BE AWESOME! This week was the perfect example with upsets starting with the early games and continuing well into Sunday morning. This week isn’t much either which is one reason ESPN is doing GameDay from NYC, which never sleeps and largely ignores college football. But you know it will end up being great.
3 — Speaking of great, I give you Clemson. Clemson is the new Alabama. The Tigers just reload. How about the last two weeks, throttling Auburn and then dominating in Louisville? It just feels like we may have a three-peat with Alabama and Clemson playing for another national title.
4 — I was bullish on Oklahoma State in the preseason and still have the Cowboys fourth on my AP ballot (nice preseason ranking of Pitt, by the way). The Mulleteers still haven’t played anybody, but they are averaging 54 points a game (TCU this week, homies, should be interesting). How about this first half from Mason Rudolph on Saturday? He was 20-of-28 for 423 yards and five TD passes. As Heisman contenders slip away (sorry, Lamar Jackson, but there will be no repeat), you may hear us old fogies reference an old golfer with the same name. That Mason Rudolph won 13 times on Tour. This one was named for him. That, in itself, is Heisman-esque.