Each week, Noble Apparel LLC presents “Saturday Rewind” on which I will share five thoughts from the college football Saturday that was. This week marked the beginning of the SEC football season and a couple major upsets that have playoff implications.
5 thoughts from the college football weekend
- College football felt right for the first time this year. Until Saturday, I just wasn’t getting the same vibes as I would in years past. The SEC finally kicked off its season and it felt like the first real college football Saturday. No, we don’t have the Big 10 or Pac 12 yet but the season is slowly starting to form an identity.
- The Big 12 is in dire trouble of not making the playoff. The league’s best team, Oklahoma, was upset by Kansas State…again. Texas needed a miracle to stave off Texas Tech. Don’t forget ISU and Kansas State have already lost to non power five opponents. Sure, Oklahoma State or Texas can still run the table but even those two have looked shoddy thus far.
- Alabama is the best team in the SEC and it’s not close. They certainly have the best offensive line and receiving corps (Waddle and Smith are ridiculous). Sure, the Tide failed to cover the spread against Missouri but they were in cruise control the entire second half after building a 35-3 lead. You can just about mark down a Clemson/Alabama matchup this postseason and we’re all here for it.
- The Pirate is already terrorizing opponents in the SEC. Were LSU really a one hit wonder in 2019? Mike Leach’s Mississippi State Bulldogs went to Baton Rouge and put on a show as transfer QB K.J. Costello threw for over 600 yards and five touchdowns. Just like clockwork, Leach’s system is already producing results at yet another school.
- The other first year SEC coaches didn’t fare so well. The other three new head coaches in the SEC lost a combined 126-64. It doesn’t matter. None of these coaches are under any pressure at all. For Missouri, they outscored Alabama 16-3 in the fourth quarter. Arkansas stifled Georgia offensively for a half before falling apart and Ole Miss managed 35 in a loss to Florida. All three of these programs are likely better off than they were a year ago and these coaches will be judged on team improvement rather than wins and losses.