South Carolina 4-0 (2-0)
The Gamecocks are still undefeated despite Steven Garcia doing his thing after yet another offseason of turmoil. USC downed Vanderbilt Saturday night 21-3, despite Garcia throwing four interceptions. USC’s defense was absolutely dominating, holding Vanderbilt to 77 total yards of offense. Defensive end Melvin Ingram scored his third touchdown of the season in the win after falling on a fumble in the end zone. While the quarterback position is still up in the air, the Gamecocks’ defense and Marcus Lattimore should keep South Carolina in the hunt for the SEC East title. South Carolina takes on Auburn in Columbia this weekend at 2:30 on CBS.
Florida 4-0 (2-0)
Florida is looking more and more impressive each week. Now, Kentucky is pretty bad, but the Gators were impressive nonetheless. UF scored three touchdowns in the first eight minutes and didn’t really let up until putting their second-stringers in…in the third quarter. The Gators looked solid on offense as Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey combined for over 250 yards rushing. Oh yeah, they also lead all Gator receivers in catches, yards and touchdowns. This Saturday, Florida heads to Tuscaloosa for the first big time SEC clash of the season. An interesting statistic I heard this morning made two points: Through their career, Demps and Rainey break a 15 yard+ gain on 1/7 of their touches. However, they have yet to break a play for more than 15 yards against Alabama in three previous meetings, so don’t expect Florida to explode like they did against Kan-Tuck-Hee.
Vanderbilt 3-1 (1-1)
The Commodores looked much more like the Vanderbilt of old (every season before this) against USC. Despite Stephen Garcia giving them three picks in the first half alone, Vanderbilt was stunningly incompetent on offense. Frankly, this shit makes me mad as hell. They come out and run for over 250 yards against us, and then can’t get 10 against SC. You’ve got to be kidding me. Oh yeah, and their leading tackler got hurt against South Carolina. Whatever. I have no analysis for them because I harbor too much hate for the Dores right now. I’m still up in the air about Pete Boone, but if he doesn’t do something about us playing Vandy this early in the season, I’m done. Vandy has the week off before traveling to Alabama next weekend.
Georgia 2-2 (1-1)
The Bulldogs are back to .500 now after defeating our beloved Rebels this weekend. We all saw what happened, so I’ll skip that. UGA takes on their Bulldog counterparts this weekend in what is a crucial game for both teams. Georgia seems to be finding its legs on offense as Isaiah Crowell has taken over the number one spot at tailback in impressive fashion. Though Aaron Murray can be a bit of an enigma from time to time, he plays well beyond his years as a sophomore and appears to be more comfortable behind an offensive line that hasn’t settled on five guys yet due to injuries and underperformance. UGA takes on MSU at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports in what should be one of the better morning matchups.
Tennessee 2-1 (0-1)
The Vols had the week off to work out some kinks after dropping their first game to Florida two weeks ago. UT is a bit of a mystery right now, because their passing game looked completely different after losing Justin Hunter for the season. Darrick (I don’t know if/where there is an apostrophe) Rogers is good, but is mitigated when defenses can double team him every play, as UF did when Hunter was hurt. Buffalo travels to Knoxville for an 11:30 a.m. kickoff on ESPN3 or one of the gameplan channels.
Kentucky 2-2 (0-1)
Oh, sweet Wildcats. If it weren’t for you, I would have complete apathy towards Ole Miss Football. Fortunately, the more I see UK play, the more and more I think Ole Miss may not be the worst team in the SEC. As bad as we have been on offense, Kentucky may be worse. UK was out of the game last week against Florida before the second quarter began. Things don’t get any easier as Kentucky heads to Baton Rouge for the 11:21 kickoff. Personally, I’m just thankful that UK is so bad that I won’t have to hear Andre Ware single-handedly butcher the broadcast journalism profession for the third week in a row.