The Sunday Blog comes at you in a world where I just sent my AP ballot in and ranked four teams from the state of Florida and not one of them was named Florida State.
* Do I want to get into this now? Oh, why not? There has been plenty of debate about whether Malik Davis should have scored or knelt to the ground Saturday. Jim McElwain said it was a “teachable moment” and he needs to start with the media. Because most of us agree that you take the touchdown and make it a two-score game. I don’t think Vanderbilt was scoring two touchdowns in 1:42, but it wouldn’t be like it never has happened before and Florida’s secondary had more holes than the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail on Saturday. If Davis slides down at the 20 or so, Florida can take three knees and the game is over. So I get that. But I would still have scored. The joke in the press box was that McElwain wanted to add a notch in his impressive record of one-possession wins and that’s why he wanted Davis to go down.
* So which coach had a worse month — Butch Jones or Ed Orgeron? LSU was mocked on Twitter by Troy University (the school thanked LSU for having the Trojans on for a wonderful Homecoming) which is all you need to know. A little buyer’s remorse there, Joe Alleva? Jones went after the media’s negativity this week and then gave all the hacks plenty of bad things to write about. Tennessee managed 142 yards, was 1-for-12 on third downs and turned it over four times.
* Georgia appears to be the real deal and really shouldn’t be challenged until the Bulldogs play Florida in Jacksonville. Georgia has outscored its last two SEC opponents 72-3. To which Alabama said, “Hold my beer.” The Tide’s combined score in their last two games against Vanderbilt and Ole Miss has been 124-3. I really thought the SEC would be better this season but it is still Alabama, then Georgia a distant second and then three or four teams trying to fight their way out of a paper bag, then a bunch of real mediocrity.
* There was a point Saturday night while I was sitting in my office sipping on a cold one and taking notes that I really was ready to move Clemson to No. 1. At some point, it feels like body of work should supersede which team you think is the best. But as Alabama began to emasculate Ole Miss in the second half, I changed my mind. The thing most impressive about Nick Saban is that every game the Tide plays in the other team’s Super Bowl and Alabama always has laser focus and attention to detail. There is never a letdown.
* Games to make sure you watch this week:
Louisville at N.C. State, Thursday, 8 p.m. on ESPN.
Miami at FSU, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Washington State at Oregon, Saturday, 8 p.m. on Fox.