SEC Week Two: Three and Out

Michael MatthewsCorrespondent ISeptember 14, 2009

ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Quarterback Joe Cox #14 of the Georgia Bulldogs directs the offense against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Sanford Stadium on September 12, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Two weeks into the season, what should we make of Auburn and Georgia, and is there still a clear favorite to win the SEC West?



1. So That's What an Offense Looks Like

Not even when Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown shared a backfield, did the Tigers do this much damage on the ground. 


For the second consecutive week, not one, but two Auburn running backs eclipsed the century mark as the Tigers marched for nearly 400 rushing yards. While they have yet to play a "quality" opponent, their two victories do include one win over a 2008 Bowl team and another over a division foe. 


If they can manage even half of their production against top SEC opponents, then the Tigers' stay at the bottom of the SEC West standings might be short-lived.



2. What Happened?


After putting up 600-plus yards of total offense in Week One, the Vols entered Neyland Stadium a two-touchdown favorite against the visiting Bruins of UCLA. 


The problem is they forgot to bring that high-powered attack with them. The defense did its part holding UCLA to 186 yards of total offense and only one touchdown, but the offense sputtered all day—managing a pedestrian 208 yards and three interceptions from QB Jonathan Crompton. 


This certainly takes some of the luster off of next week’s showdown with the Fighting Tebows.


3. Will the Real Georgia Bulldogs Please Stand Up


Against Oklahoma St., the Bulldogs clawed their way to a paltry 10 points. Against a South Carolina defense that was supposed to be considerably better than the Cowboys, the Dawgs put up more than respectable numbers.


Against the three-headed monster of Robinson, Bryant, and Hunter, the Georgia defense held strong—giving up only 24 points in a tough-fought road loss. Against the consistently mediocre offense of the Gamecocks, the UGA "D" gave up over 400 yards of offense and 26 first downs.


So which is the "real" Georgia team? Maybe this week's clash with the Hogs will give us a clearer picture.



Is Ole Miss the Fifth Best Team in the Country?


Is Ole Miss a good team? Yes.


Is Ole Miss a contender to win the SEC West? Sure.


Is Ole Miss the fifth best team in the country? Not even close.


After watching what Middle Tennessee St. did to Memphis this past weekend, Rebel fans have to be wondering how their Heisman dark-horse QB and vaunted defense performed in comparison. 


The MTSU offense put up nearly 100 more yards of total offense than the Rebels did, and the defense kept the Memphis rushing attack under 100 yards—something the Rebels couldn’t do.


Now, I know the comparison game only goes so far, but it does have to open some eyes.  Aside from that, do pollsters really expect us to believe that Ole Miss is better than BYU, LSU, Oklahoma, California, or even Ohio St.? 


I’m having a hard time buying that one.


And the sad thing is, we won’t really know anything about this team until Sept. 24 when they travel to Columbia.


And based on the effort the Gamecocks showed on Saturday night in Athens, that could be when the question of Ole Miss’s legitimacy is answered.