The Back Nine comes right at you with thoughts on another big weekend of college football and the NFL.
1. Can it get much worse for Georgia? The Bulldogs just lost for the 17th time in 20 seasons to Florida, have to be wondering if they can make it to a bowl game and Georgia Tech is a top 10 BCS team. Yuck. On top of that, there are calls for Joe Cox to be benched and for Willie Martinez to be shipped out. And they wore those ugly helmets for motivation and went out and got hammered. Not a good time to be a Bulldog fan. Oh yeah, they did their dance on the sideline after they cut the UF lead to 14-10 and had a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff. Double yuck. I actually liked the helmets. Much better than Tennessee’s black jerseys. At least the Vols won.
2. It really was a perfect weekend for the Dooley family. Kelsey got a private moment with Tim Tebow and we saw so many good friends at the Sawgrass Marriott last Friday night, including former Gator hoopster Ric Clarson. Perfect tailgating spot secured by my brother Tim. Good times.
3. So on Tuesday I asked Billy Donovan if he had talked to Urban Meyer about the similarities between the ’07 basketball team and this year’s football team. On Wednesday I asked Meyer about it. And on Thursday Meyer had Billy come and talk to the team. Coincidence? I think not. The bad thing is I wrote on Saturday that Billy had not spoken to Meyer about the similarities, because when I talked to him he had not. The art of the job! Or does the Back Nine take credit for the meeting?
4. Uh, didn’t you used to be Southern Cal’s defense? What the heck happened there? At least we don’t have to hear how USC is the best team in the country anymore. But that wasn’t the most surprising result Saturday. It would be Georgia Tech scoring 56 on Vandy’s defense. And giving up 31. Really?
5. Really? Texas jumps Alabama because the Tide had the week off? Again, I have no problem with anybody voting Texas No. 1 or No. 2, but the voters are still too reactionary. And people need to talk me out of picking LSU to beat Alabama this week. I’m tempted. Really.
6. Quick question — why did Percy Harvin not return kickoffs for Florida? The guy is a monster in the NFL. I’m sure the Andre Caldwell broken leg in 2005 had something to do with it and there was the Brandon James factor. But in hindsight, it would have been interesting. I mean, Florida might have won a couple of national titles if Harvin had been back there. Oh, never mind.
7. Watching the Jaguars on Sunday, and they punted with more than a minute to play down 30-13. Why? It’s different in the NFL, I guess, but Tennessee took knees after the punt and would have if the Jags had been stopped on fourth down. It had no bearing on which team would have won the game, but why?
8. Shout out to the Florida women’s soccer team. That’s 10 SEC titles in 15 years of existence. We tend to take those things for granted, but I know Jeremy Foley does not. You should have seen him glued to his cell phone Friday night as he was being texted with every development. Kudos to Becky Burleigh.
9. I don’t get Mark Richt pulling his starting quarterback down 17 points, except that Cox seemed like he was trying to break John Reaves’ record of nine interceptions in a game.
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