Around the SEC: More Candid Thoughts

Tim PollockSenior Writer IOctober 11, 2009

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 10:  Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers tackles quarterback Tim Tebow #15 of the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Dear Georgia,


Wow. I mean, wow.   


You go from a bogus celebration penalty away from winning in Baton Rouge to getting torched by Jonathan Crompton of all people. 


That’s like getting dumped by Erin Andrews and then left at the altar by Wendi Nix.


I would say it’s time to call off the Joe Cox Experiment, but the whole team looks bad.  Except for return man Brandon Boykin, of course. Kick away from this guy, future opponents.  


LSU’s defense is still on the field.


That said, was anyone else confused about how Tim Tebow earned co-Player of the Game (along with Brandon Spikes) last night? I know he had a concussion and all, but let’s get serious here. Number 15 threw for 134 yards, ran for 38 on 17 carries, and threw a terrible interception late in the game.   


Meanwhile, Jevan Snead threw for 140 and ran for 44 and is the most hated man in the state of Mississippi right now—along with dropping another 80 spots on Mel Kiper’s big draft board. Yes, I am conveniently leaving out the four interceptions Snead tossed—two of which were simply lost balls by the receivers—but a little perspective on Tebow would be nice. 


I think Touchdown Timmy is the greatest player in the game, but the kid has received enough accolades already. The stifling Gator D was the reason Florida walked away with an easy win in Death Valley, and crediting another Gator defender would have been the right thing for CBS to do.


Steve Spurrier is 17-0 vs. Kentucky. 


Sure, the Gamecocks were unbalanced an inconsistent while posting a slim two-point win over the injury-plagued Cats, but 17 in a row at two different schools is pretty amazing. 


And the emergence of true freshman receiver Alshon Jeffery has to be encouraging for the Head Ball Coach.       


Montario Hardesty is nasty. Just plain nasty—and his career path is unlike any other player’s.  Never more than a role player before this season, this kid is looking like a legit NFL Draft pick. 


Last week, I suspected Auburn’s vault from unranked to No. 17 was a bit overzealous on the part of the pollsters, but never did I think they would get manhandled by a roller coaster Arkansas team.  Imagine rushing for 242 yards and losing by 21 points. 


Mississippi State’s Anthony Dixon may have recorded the best run of the year yesterday when he dragged nine Houston players 50 yards to the house. The Cougars have never been the most defensive-oriented team in the nation, but still…


Vanderbilt’s loss to Army only strengthens the argument by other conferences that the SEC is just as top heavy as most. Add in the way Ole Miss and Georgia have been exposed, and the argument is valid. Simply put, the SEC just ain’t as tough as it was even a few years ago. 


Then there is this: Kentucky—fresh off a three-game losing streak—is preparing for its fourth bowl win in a row. Despite losses to any legitimate team they have faced, the Cats are still on pace for another bowl appearance due to some neat scheduling. 


After wins over Miami of Ohio and Louisville to open the season, Kentucky also plays Louisiana Monroe and Eastern Kentucky.

And if they can take two of their games against Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, or the toss-up game with Tennessee to end the season, Rich Brooks will have himself yet another Music City Bowl trophy for his bathroom