few thoughts to jump start your Tuesday morning:
Since the Gators aren’t playing football this week and Dan Mullen is quarantined with the virus, therefore no press conference on Monday, here are 10 observations about football in the Southeastern Conference that may or may not be within light years of reality. I reserve the right to be obnoxiously right, slightly prophetic or dead wrong.
(1) THE SEC HAS FOUR LEGITIMATE HEISMAN TROPHY CANDIDATES: Three of them are from Alabama – QB Mac Jones, RB Najee Harris and WR Devonta Smith. The fourth is Florida QB Kyle Trask, who can enhance his status if he can beat Georgia in three weeks and then take the Gators to the SEC East championship. It seems voters are pre-dispositioned to vote Climpson’s Trevor Lawrence or Ohio State’s Justin Fields as the Heisman winner, but if Alabama and Florida are among the top four teams in the country as of December 19, then at least one of the SEC guys will be on the podium in New York when they hand out the big trophy.
(2) RANKING THE SEC STARTING QUARTERBACKS WORST TO FIRST: (14) Ken Seals, Vanderbilt; (13) K.J. Costello, Mississippi State; (12) Jarrett Guarantano, Tennessee; (11) Connor Bazelac, Missouri; (10) Terry Wilson, Kentucky; (9) Bo Nix, Auburn; (8) Collin Hill, South Carolina; (7) Stetson Bennett IV, Georgia; (6) Matt Corral, Ole Miss; (5) Myles Brennan, LSU; (4) Feleipe Franks, Arkansas; (3) Kellen Mond, Texas A&M; (2) KYLE TRASK, FLORIDA; (1) Mac Jones, Alabama
(3) SANKEY LEVELED THE PLAYING FIELD: When SEC commissioner Greg Sankey re-booted the schedule after Covid-19 issues at Florida and Vanderbilt, he made it a point to level the playing field for Florida and Georgia by taking away the open date that both would have had on October 31 and giving them an open date this Saturday instead. The Florida-Missouri game, originally scheduled for Saturday got bumped back a week to give the Gators time to work through their virus issues that include Dan Mullen in quarantine. Georgia was scheduled to play Kentucky in Athens on October 24, but Sankey moved that game back to October 31, effectively leveling the playing field. Although Missouri is vastly improved, the Gators should have an easier time with the Tigers than Georgia will have with a Kentucky defense that has forced 10 turnovers and scored three pick sixes in the last two games. Georgia fans aren’t too happy with the re-schedule. Advantage Florida.
(4) STETSON BENNETT IS STILL GEORGIA’S QB: Stetson Bennett IV looked quite ordinary in the second half of Georgia’s 41-24 loss to Alabama. He was sacked twice, threw two more (three for the game) interceptions and had five passes batted down at the line of scrimmage. So far there has been no indication that Kirby Smart is willing to change quarterbacks. Either Georgia’s players believe so strongly in Bennett or else the three backups – D’Wan Mathis, Carson Beck and JT Daniels – aren’t as good as Bennett, are relatively clueless when it comes to running the offense or haven’t inspired the confidence in the rest of the team. It’s a real problem because while Georgia is a very good football team with Bennett at QB, the second half against Alabama showed he probably isn’t good enough to lead the Poodles the SEC East title. I bet the same folks who spent last year trashing Jake Fromm wish he had never left.
(5) THE BEST CORNER IN THE SEC IS … : Well, it isn’t Derek Stingley Jr. of LSU nor is it Patrick Surtain II of Alabama. The best corner in the league is South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn, who completely dominated Auburn Saturday when he picked off two passes, def