The Sunday Blog comes at you from the road again, this time at the Atlanta airport where it is not as much fun as I thought it would be watching the Ryder Cup.
- The safety blitz that finished off Saturday night’s game is going to be one of those highlights you see a lot this week. What was especially impressive was that Florida also sent linebacker David Reese, who occupied a blocker and allowed a free run for Donovan Stiner. Defensive back Brad Stewart also came on a soft blitz from the outside. Certainly, it was risky, but as anyone in my family or any of my friends can tell you, I’m a big believer in pressure in pressure situations. The three-man rush should be outlawed. Hey, everyone has their beliefs. Anyway, Florida is now tied for 14th nationally in sacks with 15, eight fewer than it had all of last year. That’s what sending extra rushers can produce.
- You have to wonder where Mississippi State goes from here. The Bulldogs are 0-2 against the East with the next three games against Auburn, LSU and Texas A&M, the latter two on the road. Is it possible Joe Moorhead will make a quarterback change? Florida forced Nick Fitzgerald into throwing the ball downfield and he was 11-of-26 for 98 yards with six sacks. Another problem for MSU is that tailbacks Kylin Hill and Aeris Williams carried only 12 times in the game because the Bulldogs were fixated on the quarterback runs.
- Every game has a winner and a loser and some games have coaches being questioned for their decision making. The goat of the week has to be Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, who had the win over FSU wrapped up before asking his quarterback to throw on first down from the Seminoles’ 21 with a little over two minutes to go. ESPN had the Louisville probability of winning at 98.8 percent at that point. I’m all in favor of aggressive play-calling, but you have to know when to pound the ball and drain the clock. Just dummy.
- There will be plenty of attention on the Florida-LSU game, which is a 3:30 p.m. game that the Gainesville businesses love. Unfortunately, it means we have to miss some good ones. Here’s your four-pack:
Oklahoma-Texas, Noon, Fox.
FSU at Miami, 3:30, ABC.
Kentucky at Texas A&M, 7 p.m. ESPN.
Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, 8 p.m., ABC.