The Sunday Blog comes at you after a Saturday that could not have been much better for a lot of different reasons.
* It was a bit of an irrelevant stat but in the press box we were noticing. Maybe we even jinxed Florida. But as the Gators crept toward 400 passing yards in Saturday’s game against Idaho, I even checked with Florida sports information department on the last time UF had a 400-yard passing game. The answer — as I suspected — was the 2010 Sugar Bowl which was Tim Tebow’s last game. And the third quarter ended and Florida was at 396 and it looked like a lock. And then they completed one more pass for three yards the rest of the game. Oh well, it was still the biggest passing game for UF in eight years.
* Is there a banner we can stick in the ground or something? Vanderbilt’s stunning win over Ole Miss not only kept the Commodores’ bowl hopes alive, it clinched the season series for the East against the West in the SEC. This seems to be a story that is being overlooked, but the East is now 8-5 against the West with one to go.
* Here are a couple of stats for you — Mississippi State finished its home season without giving up a rushing touchdown. And the Bulldogs only gave up three passing touchdowns all season, one of them coming from Kadarius Toney on a double pass. On the other end of the spectrum, there is Tennessee, which has had five losses this year by 25 points or more for the first time in school history. Somewhere Butch Jones is saying, “I never did THAT.”
* It’s Turkey Week, so there are games throughout a crazy weekend. Here is your four-pack:
Oklahoma at West Virginia, Friday, 8 p.m., ESPN
Michigan at Ohio State, Saturday, noon, Fox
South Carolina at Clemson, Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN
LSU at Texas A&M, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network