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Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes 10/11
Florida QB Tim Tebow
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Posted Oct 11, 2009


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

By: Barrett Sallee


Marquis matchups dotted the SEC schedule for 12 straight hours during week six, during which we learned a lot about what teams are contenders and what teams are pretenders. Here are the three most important things to take out of the week that was:

The QB Didn't Matter
Prior to the season, Florida vs. LSU was considered to be one of the biggest matchups in 2009. When Tim Tebow suffered a concussion two weeks ago, the game took on Farve-like hype. But, during 24/7 media coverage of Tebow Watch, a funny thing happened...people seemed to forget that Florida has a pretty good defense.

They won't forget it anymore.

Florida employed a very conservative game plan in the 13-3 win over LSU Saturday night in Baton Rouge, relying on the ground game and defense in the win over the No. 4 Tigers. If it wasn't Tebow taking the snaps, it wouldn't have mattered. The Gators could have employed Red Beaulieu's three kneel-downs and punt offense from The Waterboy, and they would have still taken the W.

LSU's offense couldn't do anything against the Gators. The Tigers, who entered the game with the SEC's worst offense, manged only 162 yards of total offense, and managed to enter Gator territory only once in the second half – on the last drive of the game.

No. 4 teams aren't supposed to be out of the game down seven points at halftime, but that's exactly what happened to LSU. It was apparent that they were out-manned and out-schemed by the Gators D. The Tigers look more like the SCLSU Mud Dogs than the No. 4 team in the nation. Sadly though, I'm not sure Bobby Boucher could have helped them Saturday night.

Is That Crompton or Peyton?
A Tennessee quarterback went 20-for-27, for 310 yards, threw four touchdowns and only one interception on Saturday against what's supposed to be an SEC defense. That quarterback's name? Jonathan Crompton. Seriously.

I think I speak for the rest of the nation when I ask, “where did that come from?”

Crompton, the much-maligned signal caller from the Volunteers, almost singled-handedly ended the Lane Kiffin Honeymoon in Knoxville with his erratic play during the first five games. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, came Saturday's performance, which restores a bit of faith into Vol Nation.

The Tennessee defense didn't allow an offensive touchdown or a play inside their red zone in the 45-19 win over Georgia. With a defense like that, the Vols don't need a superstar at QB, they just need a caretaker. Crompton had been anything but that so far this season, throwing eight interceptions in the first five games of the season.

If Crompton continues to play anywhere close to the way he did against the Bulldogs on Saturday, the Vols will vault back into bowl contention. That would be a huge accomplishment considering the malaise that the Kiffin era started off with.

Side note: if you have any extra boxes lying around, you might want to bring them to Athens. Defensive coordinator Willie Martinez will probably need them soon.

Maybe These Are The Real Rebels
Ole Miss used a six-game winning streak to close out 2008 to propel them into SEC and National Title consideration to start 2009.

Thud.

The Rebels enjoyed a dream season last year, but, in the process, lost home games to South Carolina and Vanderbilt. Prior to the season, Rebel detractors openly questioned which team was the real Ole Miss, the team that beat Florida in the Swamp, or the one that lost to the Commodores. That question has been answered following their 22-3 loss to Alabama on Saturday.

Heisman-hopeful Jevan Snead returned to the national stage after his 7-for-21 debacle against South Carolina with an even worse performance. His final line – 11-for-34, zero TD's, four INT's. Yikes.

The Rebels that showed up for three quarters at Memphis, four quarters at South Carolina and four quarters at home against Alabama are the real Rebels. They are a mid-tier team in the SEC West with a mid-tier quarterback and a mid-tier offense. The Rebels rank no higher than eighth in the SEC in any of the major offensive categories and are tied with Tennessee for the most interceptions thrown this year with nine.

There's no shame in losing to Alabama. After all, the Crimson Tide is in the National Title hunt for a reason. But, the way Ole Miss played against the Tide, coupled with their performances already in 2009, has solidified the Rebels in the spot where they spent the majority of their time since the divisional split – SEC obscurity.

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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