September 15, 2013

Saturday rewind

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So, what did everything think of yesterday's slate of college football action?

From a personal standpoint, it was nice for a chance to sit back with the remote control and flip around to catch just as many games as possible, something I typically don't get to do on a football Saturday covering Mark Richt and company.

It definitely made for some interesting viewing.

Obviously, the Alabama-Texas A&M tilt was yesterday's main course.

Couple of quick observations.

No. 1, it was no surprise to see the Crimson Tide churn out the yardage and points that they were able to do in the 49-42 win.

In case you missed the Aggies' first two games, you'll see that Rice and Sam Houston State, of all people, rolled up 509 and 390 yards of offense against a defense - which like Georgia - is having to depend on some young, unproven players

.But here's what was surprising and brings us to No. 2.

We all know about Johnny Manziel, but here's an interesting stat. Did you know the 635 yards surrendered by Alabama was the most yardage given up by Alabama since 1969?

Such a thing seems almost unfathomable for a Nick Saban-coached team, so despite the victory, you can bet the Tide defensive players will go through their own little version of hell before their game next week against Colorado State.

Speaking of defense or lack thereof.

South Carolina's Steve Spurrier wasn't happy after giving up 41 points to Georgia and vowed change. But after jumping out to a big lead over Vanderbilt, the Commodores roar back and if not for a goal line interception midway through the fourth, who knows what might have happened.

Also, did you see where Jadeveon Clowney said he'd undergo surgery on his aching ankle after the season?

Caught some of LSU's game against Kent to watch Zach Mettenberger and I don't know how you can't be impressed with the way the former Bulldog QB is throwing the football.

He's always had a Sunday arm, but he is looking so comfortable under new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Georgia's going to have its work cut out dealing with him.

Watched more of the Auburn-Mississippi State game than I thought I would.

First impression, neither of those teams are very good, but give Nick Marshall some credit for that last-ditch drive to enable the Tigers to pull out the 24-20 win.

He was shaky early on, but played big when the Tigers needed him to. Cutting down on turnovers will be the key, but if he can do that, he'll be more than serviceable for Auburn this year.

Glad I'm not covering Texas right now. During Saturday's 44-23 loss to Ole Miss, the Longhorns ran a public service announce announcement with head coach Mack Brown and the crowd booed unmercifully.

As for the Rebels, that was a take-notice win for Hugh Freeze's team. Now, I know the Longhorns are playing more like yearlings, but still - to go into Austin and win in the manner they did - it deserves a tip of the cap.

Meanwhile, later today Georgia coaches and players will re-convene to begin preparations for this Saturday's game against North Texas after a long weekend break.

The timing couldn't have been better.

The Bulldogs were able to rest up and from what I can tell, they'll have all their key players ready to go against the Mean Green.

We'll hear from Richt later today as he plans to still hold his Sunday teleconference despite the weekend's bye, so we'll see what he has to say.

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