The Sunday Blog comes at you after a terrific night of eating junk food (Cubans, wings, Buffalo chicken dip) and watching a ton of football. I love noon games.
- So if you had told me that Florida was going to rally from a 17-point deficit by running the ball, I might have questioned your sanity. But the Gators knew that South Carolina had some injuries and kept pounding the rock. Had Florida lost it would have been the first UF team ever to lose to Missouri, Kentucky and South Carolina in the same season. But that is an irrelevant stat. Here is one that is relevant — Florida is now 39th in the nation in rushing. Didn’t see that coming before the season. Florida is also 70th in total offense and while that’s middle of the pack it certainly is an improvement. Florida is averaging 398.4 yards per game so the chances are pretty good they will climb over 400 against Idaho.
- I wanted to pick Tennessee to beat Kentucky because the Vols are improving and the Wildcats were dealing with a triple-shot of Patron hangover. Didn’t have the guts. And then Tennessee manhandled the team that is known for its physicality. Something I was unaware of — Kentucky has now lost 17 straight in Knoxville. The last time they won there was 1984. Here’s another stat for you — Kentucky is now 113th in the nation in offense. After the game, Mark Stoops said seven times (I counted), “It’s on me.”
- Of all the scores from Saturday that crawled across the bottom of the screen, the real stunner was Minnesota 41, Purdue 10. Since beating Ohio State and storming the field, the Boilermakers are 1-2 and suffering from the young man’s malady of thinking you are better than you are. Meanwhile, a team that lost to Akron (Northwestern) will represent the Big Ten West in the championship game. Isn’t college football wonderful?
- The SEC is basically taking the week off to play revenue games, but there are some interesting games to watch. Here’s your four-pack: Harvard-Yale from Fenway, noon, ESPN2; Notre Dame-Syracuse from Yankee Stadium, 2:30, NBC; Duke at Clemson, 7 p.m., ESPN; Cincinnati at UCF, 8 p.m., ABC.