Three & Out: SEC Thoughts, News & Notes 10/25
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Posted Oct 25, 2009


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

By: Barrett Sallee


In the week eight wrap-up edition of Three & Out, we discuss the nail-biter in T-Town, the turnaround in Oxford and SEVERE issues on the Plains.

TWO HUGE BLOCKS...LITERALLY
It's not easy winning a National Championship. Every year, the team hoisting the crystal football in January can point to one or two plays that marked the turning point of their title run. Alabama got one of those moments Saturday afternoon.

Terrance Cody was a pre-season first-team All-SEC DL for a reason. The big fella' is known for plugging up the middle, making it difficult for opponents to run the ball. However, he hasn't exactly been known as a special teams stud. That is, of course, until Saturday.

Cody blocked two Daniel Lincoln field goals in the fourth quarter, including one as the final gun went off, to preserve a 12-10 win, and keep the Tide's National Championship hopes alive. It's moments like these that transform what could be, into what should be.

Florida's Jarvis Moss blocked the game-winning field goal in a 17-16 win against South Carolina in 2006, LSU converted five fourth downs against Florida in 2007 and Tim Tebow made an immortal speech in 2008, following a loss to Ole Miss. All of these were season-defining moments for their respective teams.

To be a National Champion, you need talent, coaching, luck and timing. Big time players make big time plays when their team needs them most. Terrance Cody did just that on Saturday. Cody hasn't been as visible this year as he was last year. But when his team needed him the most, he stepped up. In the process, he may have saved Bama's season.

REMEDY
It's not an exaggeration to say that, thus far, the Ole Miss Rebels have been a disappointment this season. Their once-lauded offense has tanked in the first-half of the season, making those who bought into the hype, including yours truly, look a little foolish. Arkansas proved to be the perfect Remedy for the Rebels yesterday, in a 30-17 Ole Miss win in Oxford, Miss.

The Rebs rolled up 553 yards of offense on the Hogs, including 332 passing yards from Jevan Snead. Versatile WR/Wildcat QB Dexter McCluster tallied 123 rushing yards and 137 receiving yards. This is the type of offense Ole Miss has been in desperate need of, following miserable performances on that side of the ball in their two biggest games of the season.

Last season, the Rebs offense got off to a slow start before a win vs. Arkansas propelled them to six-straight wins and a victory in the Cotton Bowl. It's only one game, but if the performance that they showed on Saturday proves that there is still life in that Ole Miss offense. With a game against another struggling defense in Auburn next week, the Rebels seem to be poised for a second half surge for the second straight season.

TIME FOR A CHANGE?
The fast start enjoyed by the Auburn Tigers is now a distant memory, following three straight losses in which the Tigers offense has taken a nose dive. The reason for the nose dive has been the passing game – or lack thereof.

Chris Todd was 8-for-14 for 47 yards in Saturday night's loss at LSU. Since the win at Tennessee four games ago, the senior hasn't thrown a touchdown pass and hasn't thrown for more than 133 yards in a game. Todd's lack of down field passes and inability to make decisions in the pocket have many calling for a change to junior Neil Caudle or even true freshman Tyrik Rollison.

According to Jay G. Tate of the Montgomery Advertiser, Todd's status as the Tigers No. 1 QB may be in jeopardy.

It's obvious that something is bothering Todd. Early in the season, his passes were crisp and he seemed comfortable in the pocket. The last few weeks it seems that he's reverted back to 2008. The fast-paced, down field, high-powered Tiger offense has been replaced by short passes, happy feet and indecisiveness.

Whether it's the shoulder he injured last season, the play-calling or something totally different, it's time for someone else to get a look. For the Auburn offense to be effective, they need to have the ability to stretch the field. For whatever reason, Todd doesn't have that right now.

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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