Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes 9/27
The Rebs laid an egg in Columbia
The Rebs laid an egg in Columbia
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Sep 27, 2009


CFN SEC Blogger Barrett Sallee shares three thoughts, comments or observations about week four in the SEC.

By: Barrett Sallee


Week number four saw the conference schedule really get cranking, with a top five team falling in prime time on the road, a top 10 team struggle against an SEC bottom-feeder and a former Heisman Trophy winner take a wicked hit. Here are the three most important things to take out of week four in the SEC:

Colonel Reb Is Cryin'
Many people, including yours truly, suggested that, following a stellar end to the 2008 campaign, the Ole Miss Rebels would step up to the big boy table and seriously contend for the SEC West Championship.

Yeah, about that...

The then-fourth ranked Rebs traveled to Columbia on Thursday night looking to put on a show in front of the entire nation, and solidify themselves not only as an SEC contender, but a National Title contender. Sixty dreadful minutes later, the perception of the Rebs went from fourth in the nation, to possibly fourth in their division, following a 16-10 loss to South Carolina.

Heisman hopeful Jevan Snead, who received South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier's original pre-season All-SEC vote, went 7-for-21 and was sacked four times. Throughout the game, the Ole Miss coaching staff looked completely discombobulated, especially in the final few minutes of the game; which saw the Rebels come out of a time out with under a minute to play on fourth and 12 with 12 men on the field. That's not supposed to happen...even to average teams.

Earlier this spring, I ranked all twelve SEC coaches and, much to the chagrin of Arkansas fans (and my inbox), I ranked Houston Nutt third. Well, if that's the kind of performance we are going to see in big games from the Ole Miss coach, that ranking will plummet next spring.

Top Five Tigers?
For the second straight week, the SEC claimed three of the top four spots in the AP Poll. Florida remains the overwhelming number one, with Alabama at three and LSU claiming the fourth spot, which was vacated by Ole Miss.

LSU being ranked that high is surprising, simply because they haven't really answered the one big question that dogged them in the pre-season – has their defense improved?

The Tigers defense stood strong when it mattered most in a goal-line stand Saturday afternoon at Mississippi State. But, LSU has already allowed Washington (who just got Harbaugh'd by Stanford) and Mississippi State to out-gain them by more than 100 yards each. That's not acceptable for a defense on a team that, allegedly, is a contender for the National Title.

LSU being ranked fourth really is due to lack of options. Four of the top 10 from last week lost in week four, and several other national title contenders are already sporting an L on their resume.

John Chavis is a good coach, and there's little doubt that he will get that Tiger defense back on track with talent like Chad Jones, Rahim Alem, Patrick Peterson and the like on that side of the ball. But the inconsistency shown on defense for the second straight season has to be concerning for Tiger fans.

Scary Moment For Tebow
By now, you've probably seen the replay of Tim Tebow getting nailed by Kentucky DE Taylor Wyndham and, subsequently, Florida OT Marcus Gilbert, a thousand times in the last 24 hours. We can only hope that Tebow will make a full recovery and be back on the field as soon as he can following this concussion. Nothing is more important than the health of every college football player. After all, this is still a game.

With that said, how could this affect the Gators down the road?

The Gators are off this week and will travel to Baton Rouge in two weeks to take on LSU. This allows Tebow an extra week to get better, and also allows the Gators to get plans together for both Tim Tebow and backup QB John Brantley.

If Tebow doesn't miss any more time, it will be interesting to see how Florida head coach Urban Meyer uses him going forward. People who have had concussions in the past typically become more susceptible to them after suffering one. Tebow has made his mark in college football by being a vocal leader, efficient passer and a punishing runner. The latter part of that equation is very much in flux following Saturday's injury.

Tebow has been known to put his team on his shoulders and carry them to victory. Often times, that path to victory is straight up the middle. That path is a little more daunting when recovering from a concussion.

Barrett Sallee covers the SEC for www.CollegeFootballNews.com. He can be reached at
barrettsallee@gmail.com, or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/BSallee_CFN



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