Mitchell: What SEC fans should be discussing
Bama's A.J. McCarron
Bama's A.J. McCarron
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Sep 19, 2012


SEC fans are some of the most educated college football advocates around, but like everyone, they tend to focus on the big picture. So what are the ten things every SEC fan should be talking about in week four, but aren’t?


The following is an excerpt from Y’all Play Nice, Week Four. Read it every Thursday at College Football News.

By Russ Mitchell
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Well, that leaves out anything to do with how good Bama and LSU are, how beat up South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw is, or the questionable fortitude of his opposing quarterback this Saturday, Missouri’s James Franklin...

(i) Don’t look know, but Bama quarterback A.J. McCarron is putting up a Heisman-esque performance, even in a Nick Saban offense. So far on the young season, the junior quarterback is 36-of-56 for 607 yards, with a 64% completion percentage and seven touchdowns against zero interceptions. Through three games, his 2012 QB passing efficiency rating is a breathtaking 197. It’s true the best passing efficiency defense he’s faced is Michigan’s (43 in the nation); nevertheless, McCarron’s production, confidence and leadership have him on pace for a special season…and a trip to the Downtown Athletic Club…

(ii) Interestingly, though, this Bama team only ranks in the top five nationally in three categories: in passing efficiency and scoring defense it’s ranked third, and in turnover margin the Tide is tied for best in the land…

(iii) Through the first 40 minutes of the Tennessee vs. Florida game Saturday, the Vols had 24 rushes to 26 pass attempts, the lead (20-13), the ball (near mid-field, following a failed fake punt attempt) and the momentum...

(iv) …in the game’s remaining 20 minutes, Derek Dooley’s offense ran the ball only four times and the wheels came off the cart. The Gators took them back to Gainesville, along with Tennessee’s pride. On Wednesday, Dooley said that to beat the SEC's best the Vols can't be throwing the ball 45 times, and he'd have liked to have a few of those series back. They say the first step to fixing a problem is awareness, so there's that...

(v) Speaking of “wheels off”…how are those business decisions working out for Arkansas AD Jeff Long? If you think Arkansas only just now started its head coaching search, you’re higher than a TCU football player. The real question is has the new AD search started yet?...

(vi) Staying with the Hogs, don’t look know but Arkansas’ next opponent, Rutgers, has ten upperclassmen among its 11 defensive starters, and is currently ranked ninth in the nation in rushing defense and tenth in total defense. As of Wednesday, quarterback Tyler Wilson has yet to be cleared for Saturday…

(vii) Explain this to me: the privacy of the woman who took the spy photos of Princess Kate is being protected, for now. Ironic, huh…

(viii) LSU lost another starter this week when it was announced tailback Alfred Blue will be out an unknown number of weeks with an injured knee. If Blue fails to return, that makes 12 players that have fallen off the active 85 man roster since August 1. Add to that an offense line juggling two more banged up players to compensate for the season-ending injury to starting LT Chris Faulk, and some folks in Red Stick are unfurling the caution flag…

(ix) In our inaugural installment of “Introducing the World of CFB Outside the South”: the University of Maine mascot is Bananas the Bear. That’s it. Got nothing else for you… and

(x) The SEC currently has two teams ranked in the top 25 in total offense (UGA 20 and Ole Miss 25 (nope, Bama is 69)), and only four teams ranked in the top 25 in total defense (LSU 4, Bama 6, Vandy 11, Missouri 20)…You see that Vandy bit there, UGA fan?


Russ Mitchell is CFN's lead SEC Columnist. Follow Russ for SEC and CFB analysis @russmitchellcfb