The Sunday Blog is under the weather this morning in Lexington but Bloggies need their Sunday fix before the NFL games so we press on.
A special shout-out to Bryant Moniz of Hawaii who tied an NCAA record with seven touchdown passes in the first half late Saturday night. Among the holders of the record are Doug Johnson and Terry Dean. You remember those days? So does Steve Spurrier.
And while we sometimes question where we are as a society because of the advanced technology, it was great to be able to watch so many games in the Kentucky press box on my laptop. Tired, ill, but full of college football knowledge.
Well, full of something.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 25
1. LSU: Won a neutral site game against Oregon, won at Mississippi State, won at West Virginia. The Tigers deserve the top spot.
2. Oklahoma: Sooners trailed at home for first time since 2007 but Landry Jones (448 passing yards) rallied Okie.
3. Alabama: When Bobby Petrino says his team was beaten in all three phases of the game, he wasn’t kidding.
4. Stanford: After an open date, Stanford gets the next best thing — UCLA.
5. Boise State: The beat goes on.
6. Wisconsin: Badgers look like Russell Wilson has been in the system for four years.
7. Oklahoma State: Great rally by the Cowboys against Texas A&M.
8. Nebraska: Struggled with Wyoming early before pulling sway.
9. Oregon: Good news for Ducks — no more SEC defenses.
10. South Carolina: Gamies are winning ugly but it beats not winning ugly.
11. Florida: Titanic duel with Alabama this week.
12. Texas A&M: Couldn’t hold first-half lead but that’s still a good team.
13. Virginia Tech: Hokies have been less than impressive but Clemson in next.
14. Arkansas: ’Backs won’t be the last team to get destroyed by Tide.
15. South Florida: We’ve seen great Septembers by Bulls before. Can they sustain it?
16. Baylor: Kind of under the radar since the first week but putting up numbers.
17. Texas: We’re about to find out if the Longhorns are any good.
18. Clemson: One caveat — those two big wins were at home against a shell of the national champs and a team without its starting quarterback.
19. TCU: Horned Frogs still have defensive questions.
20. Michigan: Denard Robinson should be moved to tailback.
21. Illinois: In typical Ron Zook fashion, the Illlini struggled a week after a big win.
22. Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson has the Wreck humming.
23. Florida State: Now the schedule gets really easy for the Seminoles.
24. Michigan State: Spartans can still have a big season.
25. West Virginia: No couches were burned in the making of this poll.
THE SEC FOUR-PACK
1. Kentucky is really bad. You saw how bad Saturday night. It was a nice performance for the Gators but the Wildcats are really bad. They’re so bad that two columnists in Kentucky questioned Sunday morning whether or not Kentucky should try to make a jump to another conference where it could be competitive. Mark Story of the Lexington Herald Leader pointed out that Kentucky is one of four BCS schools without a nine-win season since 1984 (Duke, Vandy and Indiana are the others). Next up for the Wildcats — at LSU. What’s the over/under on first downs in Baton Rouge for Kentucky?
2. Steve Spurrier must feel like he’s finally arrived at South Carolina. His team beat an unbeaten team Saturday night to go to 4-0 … and the Gamecocks got booed by the home crowd. South Carolina’s offense was described by the head ball coach as “putrid.” Which made it the second most smelly offense on the field. Vandy may have some new life under James Franklin but the offense still looks awful. By the way, can the Sunday Blog get the Melvin Ingram for Heisman movement going?
3. In the off-season, I thought Arkansas had a shot to win the national title. The one thing I didn’t like about its schedule was that it had to go to Alabama early. Bobby Petrino may want to rethink playing cupcakes for three weeks to prepare for a game like that because his team looked overwhelmed on the big stage. Gator fans could not have been encouraged by watching the Tide steamroll Arkansas, but every game is its own game.
4. Remember Jordan Jefferson? I didn’t think so. Man, when was the last time you even heard his name. Jarrett Lee has been very efficient as the LSU quarterback and he’s the opposite of the guy who threw seven pick-sixes two years ago. He threw three touchdown passes against West Virginia. Sometimes it just takes time to grow an SEC quarterback.