OXFORD, miss. – In the second week of the football season, some teams looked pretty smart. A few others looked like they had no idea. You know, a hint like the kind they give on Jeopardy!
On Saturday, the SEC drew 11-1 against non-conference teams.
Here’s a look at last week’s games and the Jeopardy hint each team has for the future. I’ll get Still The Best College Football Conference for $ 500.
NO. 25 AUBURN 62, ALABAMA STATE 0
Why does Auburn even charge entry for sideshows like this one? Instead of playing against Bama State, Tuskegee is even closer and a Division II team, why not play against them? At least fans could see Jarquez Hunter break a school record with a 94 yard touchdown run. Well, it happened less than a minute to go in the third quarter, so there weren’t many fans left at the Jordan Hare Stadium to see it.
THE NOTE: We found out about Auburn on Saturday.
THE QUESTION: “What is nothing? What is absolutely nothing? “
SOUTH CAROLINA 20, EAST CAROLINA 17
Shane Beamer took his second South Carolina coaching victory dramatically when the 27th. The Carolina Defense didn’t allow a pirate quarterback to throw 80 yards or an ECU runner to throw more than 70 yards. It also seems that former assistant Zeb Noland is a real leader.
THE NOTE: It is the single most important question to ask any aspiring assistant coach.
THE QUESTION: “What other authorization do you have?”
PITT 41, TENNESSEE 34
In an underrated game, the Johnny Majors Bowl took place on Rocky Top Saturday. The Panthers took the lead at 27:20 at halftime and that was important as the two teams exchanged punches like boxers in the second half.
UT needs to find out his game in progress. The Vols lead rusher was the starting quarterback and the second lead rusher was the backup quarterback.
THE NOTE: This is why Rocky Top is so rocky upstairs.
THE QUESTION: “What are Tennessee fans asking for Josh Heupel’s head after just two games?”
NO. 13 FLORIDA 42, SOUTH FLORIDA 20
Quarrel about the quarterback? Which quarterback controversy? Oh, the one brewing in Gainesville, that’s the one. Starting quarterback Emory Jones threw for 151 yards in 14 completions for the Gators. Backup Anthony Richardson threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns on THREE completions.
THE NOTE: A thesaurus.
THE QUESTION: “What book does Dan Mullen have to read to find other words to replace ‘controversy’?”
IN THE. 5 GEORGIA 56, UAB 7
JT who? Georgia’s JT Daniels was unable to play due to an injury, so Stetson Bennett IV stepped in, throwing 288 yards and five touchdowns. The real newcomer Carson Beck also came into play and threw his first touchdown of his career.
After the Dawg defense had only given one field goal to Clemson in the beginning, they gave the Blazers only a single touchdown. The UGA defense is pretty good.
THE NOTE: If a backup quarterback succeeds, it’s a product of that coaching philosophy from the season before.
THE QUESTION: “What is ‘this year’s coaching team for the next season’?”
NO. 5 TEXAS A&M 10, COLORADO 7
Texas A&M not only lost its starting quarterback to Colorado, it almost lost the game and its high ranking. Losing Haynes King early in the game to a severe leg injury, the Aggies relied on replacement Zach Calazada to throw a 14-yard touchdown to Isaiah Spiller 2:41 in Denver to avoid the surprise.
THE NOTE: This is where you don’t look when facing non-conference opponents.
THE QUESTION: “What is too far to go to Arkansas on September 25th?
NO. 1 ALABAMA 48, MERCER 14
Even the announcers in Alabama sounded like Willy Wonka telling bad kids not to do bad things. “No stop. Please don’t,” Wonka said listlessly. Kudos to the Bama coaches who were able to get their team to play against a team that had never scored against them before Saturday.
THE NOTE: Nothing. I do not have anything.
THE QUESTION: “Why is Alabama playing against teams like Mercer?”
ARKANSAS 40, NO. 15 TEXAS 21
Wait what Arkansas not only won the game against the No. 15 Longhorns, the Hogs beat them too. Not only did Arkansas knock out the Horns in the first half, the Razorbacks also outperformed Texas in the second half, winning away from home. Any hog runner who handled the ball averaged at least 6.3 yards per rush.
THE NOTE: This team should be careful what they want for the future.
THE QUESTION: “What is Texas eagerly waiting for to join the SEC?”
MISSISSIPPI STATE 24, NC STATE 10
Use caution if you speak ill of a Mike Leach team. After battling Louisiana Tech at the season opener, Mississippi State took just 13 seconds to let NC State know the Wolfpack had a long day ahead of them.
Lideatrick Griffin took the opening kickoff and ran back 100 yards to score a touchdown before the cowbells could even ring in Starkville. From then on, the Bulldogs looked like a team that other SEC schools can’t overlook.
THE NOTE: So many teams in SEC West can win many games.
THE QUESTION: “What is it all, including the state of Mississippi?”
KENTUCKY 35, MISSOURI 28
It would be hard to choose a better game between SEC and SEC to start the season. Kentucky’s Will Levis and Chris Rodriguez, Jr. become one of the SEC’s most formidable quarterback-running-back duos. Rodriguez, Jr., ran for 206 yards and three touchdowns while Levis threw for 179 yards and one more score. Mizzous Conner Bazelak threw 294 yards and four scores.
THE NOTE: It sucks.
THE QUESTION: “What is the reaction if one of these teams had to lose this game?”
WELL. 20 OLE MISS 54, AUSTIN PEAY 17
There was no hangover from an opening week win, no episodes of a short week, nor one big deal that Lane Kiffin returned to the sidelines. Instead, fans got what they expected. Matt Corral threw five touchdowns in three quarters, the Rebels had explosive plays and the defense even scored.
THE NOTE: You are back …
THE QUESTION: “Who is the Landshark Defense?”
LSU 34, McNEESE STATE 7
In the weekly Take-Your-Son-to-Work game, LSU trainer Ed Orgeron’s group treated his son Cody’s McNeese State Cowboys. Cody threw a touchdown against Daddy’s team so that Father’s Day doesn’t get too uncomfortable in the Orgeron household.
One cool fact about McNeese: The Cowboys have lost two games this season. Both teams, LSU (FBS) and West Florida (D-2) became national champions in 2019.
THE NOTE: Another one.
THE QUESTION: “How many games does the LSU have before the Tigers get more serious?”
VANDERBILT 24, COLORADO STATE 21
Yes, Vanderbilt won a game. In fact, Vanderbilt won a street game. Vanderbilt won a game that gave Clark Lea his first college win. The Commodores could have wrapped this up, but instead, when the Rams leveled the game with a touch of more than three minutes, Vandy took over and hit the field in eight games to Joseph Bulovas’ game-winning 38-yard field goal. Anchor down!
THE NOTE: After a win, Vanderbilt’s chances of beating Stanford – who defeated Southern Cal Saturday – in Nashville this week.
THE QUESTION: “Which is not good, but it sure would be cool.”
By the way, I personally know two guys who performed at Jeopardy! Neither of my friends won, but both said Alex Trebek was a real gentleman. (Why should they lie? These two guys are sports presenters.) Rest in peace, Alex.