The Sunday Blog comes at you from chilly Columbia, Mo., but we might have made too big a deal out of it. It was fine.
- I’m not trying to be mean here, but I get why Clemson changed quarterbacks last year. Kelly Bryant is an amazing athlete and difficult to get to the ground, but if you are counting on him to throw you to a win it’s probably not going to happen. He averaged 5.2 yards a pass attempt Saturday (and it was only that high because of a badly underthrown 44-yard pass) and Mizzou’s running game didn’t help any more than Florida’s helped Kyle Trask (9.2 yards a pass attempt). The key to Florida was playing from ahead and making Bryant throw the ball. I don’t know that I ever was more confident when Florida went up 20-6 than I have been in a long time. Missouri was not coming back.
- There were some great comebacks Saturday, especially Oklahoma’s against Baylor. And it was almost a great comeback for Auburn against Georgia. Georgia’s offense is still a mystery with five games failing to reach 400 yards. But they almost always seem to get enough to win the game. Not a lot, but just enough. Just like LSU’s defense plays just enough defense. It should be some game in Atlanta.
- We dismissed Jim McElwain as a buffoon as he exited Florida and this was definitely not the place for him. But he has found that niche and it is Central Michigan where his team scored 34 second-half points to beat Ball State 45-44. The Chippewas now have seven wins and yet, Mac is hoping the fans aren’t too upset with his team for winning the game, (That’s a joke).
- As we were watching games back at the hotel Saturday night and seeing scores, I told Robbie Andreu I was not looking forward to filling out the bottom half of my AP ballot Sunday morning. Too many teams lost on the lower half. But here it is: 1, LSU. 2. Ohio St.; 3. Clemson; 4. Ga.; 5. Oregon; 6. Bama; 7. Penn St.; 8. Utah; 9. Okla; 10. UF; 11. Minny; 12. Wiscy; 13. Mich; 14. ND; 15. Cincy; 16. Memphis; 17. Iowa; 18. Auburn; 19, Okla St.; 20. Baylor; 21; Boise; 22. Texas A&M; 23. App State; 24. SMU; 25. Virginia Tech.