Saturday College Football Notes

I didn’t watch much of the Florida game today because Michigan was playing at the same time, but what I did see was less than thrilling. It was a typical SEC defensive battle. Maybe it’s a personal fault, but that style of football generally bores the hell out of me. TimTebow didn’t look particularly good in his return to action after his concussion, but he was far better than his counterpart and he got the win. Florida finally proved themselves against their best opponent yet, but I still don’t believe that this is the best team that there is.

Alabama, on the other hand, impressed me. I think that Ole Miss is far from a great team, but they looked impossibly bad against the Tide. Alabama was solid on offense and terrifying defensively. I have little doubt right now that they are the best team in the country. I really wish that they played Florida in the regular season, but we’ll have to the SEC Championship for that. I hope that neither team falters before then, because that could be one heck of a game.

Texas still makes me uneasy. They ultimately won reasonably easily against Colorado, but they were actually trailing at the half. These lethargic starts scare me, and they are going to come back to haunt them at some point this season. I can’t figure out if the team is too cocky or something else.

I keep hearing people trying to say that Texas A&M and QB Jerrod Johnson weren’t getting enough respect and attention. I hope that those noises will be silenced after today. The Aggies only lost by five to Oklahoma State, but the Cowboys were playing without their top receiver and their top running back, and A&M was at home. That game was handed to theAggies on a silver platter. To lose it means that this team is not ready for prime time.

Auburn is another team that was getting all sorts of hype and calls of lack of respect – too much, apparently. They not only lost to Arkansas today, but they got beat up. Arkansas was significantly better on both sides of the ball. I hope Auburn enjoyed their one week of being ranked.

It was a rough day to be a Michigan fan. The bright side to the loss is that we turned it over five times against the 12th ranked team in the country and still only lost by two points. The trouble is that we turned it over five times. There were some ugly turnovers, too – a bad QB fumble, a muffed punt return, and a lousy interception on the closing drive when we were trying to get within field goal range among them. On the grand scale I can seethat we are making progress forward and that this is all part of the progress towards the future. That doesn’t make it any less frustrating to see a mess like that, though. Cruel game.

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