The Sunday Blog comes at you after another late night of Pac-12 After Dark and trying to figure out how we were so badly fooled about Florida’s physical side.
* I think I heard this right in a noisy press box that Dan Mullen said his scout team will have to do a better job at getting the defense prepared in the future. If there’s a Benny Snell Jr. on the scout team, bring him on over to the starting lineup. Snell averaged 6.5 yards on 27 carries, the model of efficiency. And Kentucky averaged 8.0 yards a play in the game. I know it’s only two games into the season, but the mighty Gators now rank 120th in the nation in rushing defense.
* I did get home to watch the fourth quarter of Michigan State vs. Arizona State and I am among the many who has to eat some crow because I thought the hiring of Herm Edwards was the dumbest thing ever. He’s now 2-0 with a Top-20 win. Hiring Kevin Sumlin at the rival school, on the other hand, was pure genius. He’s 0-2 and his defense has given up 51 first downs against BYU and Houston. I know, it’s early. But it just goes to show that we don’t know diddley.
* My Associated Press ballot underwent some real upheaval at the bottom, as I finally gave in on Boise State, stuck Kentucky back in there, dumped Florida, Michigan State, South Carolina and Northwestern and ran out of room for teams such as Duke and Missouri. Here are the SEC teams I ranked: 1. Alabama; 3. Georgia; 6. Auburn; 12. LSU; 15. Mississippi State; 19. Texas A&M; 24. Kentucky.
* The schedule for this weekend is nothing special after two weeks of marquee games. Still, there in enough to watch, especially for those of us who remember the days when you might have a football Saturday when there were two games on TV.
Oklahoma at Iowa State, noon, ABC.
LSU at Auburn, 3:30 p.m., CBS.
Alabama at Ole Miss, 7 p.m., ESPN.
Ohio State vs. TCU, 8 p.m. ABC.
Washington at Utah, 10 p.m., ESPN.