The Sunday Blog comes at you on an hour’s sleep on drive from the Jax Airport. Don’t worry, Robbie’s driving while I type.
- Once again, we saw Dameon Pierce break a long run late in the game Saturday night. Here’s a stat for you — Pierce is sixth in the nation in yards per carry at 10.71. Of course, he only has 21 carries on the year and Gator fans want to see more. But that was easily the best game Jordan Scarlett has had this year and let us not forget that Pierce broke the long run against Colorado State against a tired defense and his 47-yarder Saturday came when Tennessee went to a goal line defense in desperation down 40-21. “What’s the difference between 40 points and 47 points?” asked Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt about the defensive call. Hmm, I’m going to go with seven points. I agree that Pierce needs to get the ball more, but there is more to playing the position than simply running with the pigskin.
- College football is so awesome. We missed so much on Saturday night but stayed up to see the highlights to watch Stanford’s stunning rally against Oregon, Old Dominion’s upset of Virginia Tech and Oklahoma’s OT win over Army. Why Virginia Tech is playing AT Old Dominion is baffling. But how does a Bud Foster defense that gave up three points against FSU give up 49 points — 28 in the fourth quarter — to a team that lost to Liberty 52-10? It’s college football, that’s how.
- As a Heisman Trophy voter I try not to get too committed to anything this early, but I do notice. And I have to tell you I have Benny Snell on my short list right now. He’s third in the nation in rushing and I’d bet first in the nation in yards after contact. It will be interesting to see where Kentucky goes from here after two physical wins in the SEC in September. It will also be interesting to see where Vanderbilt goes after getting trashed in the second half by South Carolina. I have a pretty good idea.
- It’s not the greatest slate of games this Saturday but we say that knowing that something wild will happen. The weekly four-pack:
Syracuse at Clemson, noon, ABC.
Ohio State at Penn State, 7:30 p.m., ABC.
South Carolina at Kentucky, 7:30, SEC Network.
Stanford at Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC.