The Sunday Blog comes at you from the St. Louis Airport, which may be the easiest airport in American to navigate. Where are the people?
- Here’s the thing I don’t get about this Florida football team. You are on the road and the season is already lost. You claimed you were going to have fun. You had nothing to lose. So you run zero trick plays. I just don’t think it’s in the DNA of this coaching staff to take chances. And while Randy Shannon made sense as interim because of his head coaching experience, it was his conservative nature that contributed to his failure at Miami. So it’s not like it’s going to get better.
- Meanwhile, the Big Ten is counting on Wisconsin or it will be shut out of the playoffs. The Ohio State and Penn State losses were devastating. Wisconsin just keeps winning against mediocre teams, but it beats the alternative. I think I might be rooting for a College Football Playoff that includes two SEC teams and Notre Dame, so three conferences are left out and we take a major step in the direction of an eight-team playoff.
- It was a “you had to be there moment.” We were pulling into our home away from home in Wentzville, Mo., listening to the Kentucky-Ole Miss game on Sirius and I seriously felt bad for Kentucky football fans. Fumble, game over, announcer goes nuts. Color guy has to explain that the runner was down. Pass into end zone, announcer thinks it was batted away and goes nuts, color guy has to explain that it was actually caught and Kentucky has found another way to lose a game. Unbelievable.
- So then we went to a Buffalo Wild Wings in lovely Wentzville and watched a lot of football. My AP ballot has Alabama still at No. 1 and Georgia at 2. I just think Alabama is the better team. People expected the Tide to destroy LSU, but it wasn’t necessary. All that mattered was grinding out a win. You remember those, Gator fans? Wins?