The Sunday Blog comes at you after driving home from a visit with my Dad in St. Augustine and watching an endless parade of power trucks heading the other way:
- I’m not going to say Auburn saved the day for the SEC, but it could have been worse if the Tigers didn’t pull out a last-second win over Oregon. Maybe we need to go back and look at Florida actually winning its opener against a Power Five rival and pat the boys on the back. As a whole, the SEC smelled on ice in Week 1. I guess we can all hop off that Missouri bandwagon now. We forgot Mizzou never plays well until November.
- Then we have Florida State, which had the advantage of hosting a game that was supposed to be at a neutral site and still managed to blow an 18-point lead. Boise State had 38 first downs and ran 108 plays while limiting FSU to 68 second-half yards and no points. You can’t blame this one on Jimbo Fisher. The Seminoles are now 12-14 in their last 26 games.
- Meanwhile, Florida’s opponent on Sept. 21 was manhandled by a team that won two games last year. It was no accident. Georgia State outplayed Tennessee on Saturday and the Vols looked soft on defense. How that team beat Auburn on the Plains last year is still a mystery.
- It was a glorious day because football was officially back and I watched 12 straight hours with my 92-year-old father. He loved every minute of it, but I have to school him up on his flipping technique. He kept checking in on the hurricane. I brought him barbecue for lunch from a roadside stop east of Hastings and we had dinner brought in by my niece, Destin, so my rear is a little numb today. But, man, it’s good to have you back college football.