The Sunday Blog comes at you after a late night watching a lot of football and trying to figure out the bottom of my AP poll.
* The story of Saturday’s game was Florida’s defense, but the sidebar was definitely the crowd. The thing that made it a weapon was that it was sustained. I’m sure it has been louder, but if you gathered up all the decibels over 3½ hours, that might have been a record. “The crowd definitely got to us,” said Auburn coach Gus Malzahn. “It really kind of surprised me.” Well, it was his first visit to The Swamp. And he heard it at its peak.
* A week ago, Malzahn was talking about how great it’s going to be to have Bo Nix around for awhile. And he’s right. Nix played like a freshman, but that’s allowed. He was 11-of-27 with three interceptions and took a really bad sack. The good news (or bad news depending on your take) is that Florida may never see him again, because of the SEC scheduling. During the game, I sat there listening to the crowd and looking at the full stadium and thought, “Nah, why would a league with declining attendance want to see this more often?”
* I shook up my Associated Press poll vote again and I have LSU at No. 1. Florida comes in at No. 7. UCF is not ranked. Sorry, Orlando. Body of work. Georgia is second, but my daughter isn’t happy because she thinks any team that is trailing Tennessee in the second quarter should not be ranked so high. Kelsey may be right.
* The two best games of the day might have been Virginia Tech’s win over Miami and SMU’s triple OT win over Tulsa. You think Gator fans were spent after their game, think about being a Cane fan. OK, you may have thrown up a little in your mouth, but Miami was getting embarrassed by a team that just got embarrassed by Duke, then rallied, went for two when it made no sense and then got it. And then scored and doinked the extra point. It gets better. Virginia Tech scores and Miami comes down and has a chance to tie it but misses twice from the 10-yard line. I’m tired just writing about it. Amazingly, Miami lost a game when it threw for 469 yards.