The Sunday Blog comes at you working on no sleep and a special thanks to the idiot who pulled the fire alarm at 4 a.m. Classy.
* At around 3 a.m. Gainesville time, I figured I might as well fill out my Associated Press poll. Because I already had LSU at No. 1, there was no need to move the Tigers. I did drop Florida, but only one spot. There were enough teams losing ahead of them that Florida’s one loss doesn’t seem as bad, as say, Georgia losing at home as a big favorite.
* In the airport today I am getting a lot of people wondering what went wrong with the Florida defense Saturday night. Well, when you give a really good quarterback with NFL receivers all the time in the world to throw, it’s not going to go well. The Gators did a lot more blitzing than they did against Auburn with Jon Greenard and Jabari Zuniga out, but give LSU credit for stonewalling the blitzers. LSU is really, really good on offense and mediocre on defense which means that game against Alabama on Nov. 9 should be epic. From what I’ve seen, it’s going to be a 1-game season for LSU.
* I don’t know enough about the dynamics of Vanderbilt’s power structure to know whether Derek Mason survives this, but the loss to woeful UNLV was another embarrassing nail in his coffin. I’ve said for years that what Vandy needs to do it hire a guy with an offensive mind who can make it fun again and give the Commodores a chance to win any game. Vanderbilt has three NFL draft picks on offense and scored 10 points against a team ranked in the 100s in total defense. If people really cared in Music City, they would know it’s time to move on. And I think it’s time for Mason to get out of there and find a real coaching job.
* My daughter called me during the Georgia-South Carolina game and was wondering what in the heck was going on. Well, we knew going into the season that Georgia’s weakness would be the downfield passing game with all of these new receivers and it is. Jake Fromm is really good (most quarterbacks are) when you give him all kinds of time (see: Burrow, Joe), but when the pressure comes he’s like any other quarterback. Fromm couldn’t rally his team despite the fact that the Gamecocks had almost no offense in the second half with their third-string quarterback.