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Weekend Summary

Going to go a different way this week. The SEC used to be known for defense, big strong run stuffing DTs, DEs coming off the edge, LBs flying around and hitting people, and DB covering and making plays. Excepting Georgia, none of that exists this year. In fact, it is historically bad, inept may be a better term. The experts have opined that due to COVID there is no hitting in practice. In fact, due to targeting and other factors, defenses do not practice tackling much anymore. Whatever it is, I know things run in cycles but defense better return for teams that want to win.

If you want a record setting day for your offense, padding the stats for the NFL, play the Gators -- or LSU. These two play each other next week and there may not be enough digital lights to count the score. Florida lost to A&M 41-38 and LSU to Mizzou 45-41. Both schools have given up more points in a 3 game span at all time levels, incredible. And then Bama wins at Ole Miss 63-48.

There are two teams yapping that they are back, Tennessee and Miami. The Vols held a 21-17 lead at the half but started committing TOs and Georgia routed them 44-21. Clemson dominated the Canes from start to finish for a 42-17 win. Ga and Clemson have the rarest of commodities this season, a defense. Note that Tenn and Miami each had defensive TDs in their games.

Finally, the screw job of the day had to go to Arkansas against Auburn. First year coach Sam Pittman has done an incredible job making the Hogs competitive. Arky held a one point lead very late after Auburn had missed an easy FG. The War Eagles got the ball back and were driving at around 20 something seconds. Attempting to stop the clock, QB Bo Nix fumbled a snap and then spiked it. Nix clearly threw it backwards so it should have been a fumble. The SEC officials were beyond confused and simply called it grounding due to the fumbled snap. At worst the ball should have been placed 5-7 yards back but it was really a fumble. I think they made up a rule on the fly since their wordy explanation said something along the lines of the ball was not recovered so it was grounding. Auburn, of course, made the FG (barely and those 5 yds made a difference) allowing Gus Malzahn to stay off the hot seat another week.

As for the playoff, it is clearly Georgia, Clemson, Alabama and Ohio St. Recruiting matters. I do not see any team other than these four winning the title.

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