Well it seems as if every source of college football information has completely gone to the dark side and endorsed the SEC as the reigning king of college football. If a top ranked team loses on the road, no big deal, it was to another SEC team. If another top ranked team fails to cover that 17.5 point spread at home to a team falling well short of expectations, forget about it. It was another SEC team that they are playing. And if a certain SEC team jumps out to a big lead but surrenders a boat load of points in the second half, it’s totally okay because that game was in the bag anyhow. Well, it’s time for the Southern Football Report to get on board because we don’t want to be left behind. Here are your Week 9 Superlatives:
MVP – Amari Cooper – WR – Alabama – I’m assuming that Tennessee watching game film of the Alabama offense leading up to the annual rivalry game that is only a rivalry game to fans of Alabama and Tennessee and upon allegedly watching said film, they probably noticed that Crimson Tide wide receiver Amari Cooper is the primary target for everyone on the team including the quarterback, towel boy, athletic trainer & peanut vender. Yet somehow they allowed Cooper to catch 9 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Cooper leads the 2nd leading receiver on the team by almost 50 receptions. Cooper is an NFL primary target receiver playing at the college level with an incredible rushing attack to give him plenty of time and open space to work. It really is unfair for Alabama to have him on their roster.
Coach of the Week – Les Miles – LSU – Oh, Coach Miles. There is never a time that a video camera or voice recorder is trained on the Tigers head coach that doesn’t give us some golden nugget of amazingness that is Les Miles’ personality. Oh yeah, and he’s a pretty good football coach as well. His Tigers welcomed the third ranked team in the land to a hostile Tiger Stadium on Saturday night, turned the ball over 4 times yet still managed to earn a three point victory. Les Miles didn’t eat grass or roll the dice on some weird special teams plays but he did compare corn dogs to fish on College Gameday earlier that morning having admitted to never before actually having eaten corn dogs. Bravo, Coach Miles. Bravo.
Game of the Week – Auburn defeated South Carolina 42-35 – Let’s see, Gamecocks Head Coach Steve Spurrier had a bye week and Furman prior to traveling to The Plains to take on the reigning SEC Champions who were also coming off of a bye week. Yeah, if you didn’t expect some fireworks in this one you have clearly gone off your rocker. Spurrier’s bunch scored first and the two teams matched score for score for the first three quarters where they entered the 4th quarter tied 35-35. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall scooted into the end zone with a little over 11 minutes remaining the final stanza which proved to be enough as the Tigers were able to force a few untimely South Carolina turnovers. In the end, Tigers quarterback Nick Marshall rushed for three touchdowns while Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for five as the Tigers were able to hang out and win 42-35 in one of the more entertaining games of the season.
Coach Who Needs to Turn In His Company Car – There is no such thing as a bad head coach in the SEC. Stop trying to name one, they are all national champions.
Uniforms of the Week – LSU Tigers – When it comes to uniforms in the SEC, there are a few that stand out over the others but none look better to me than when LSU wears their home whites as they do for most home games. There is just something about a team who just bucks the system and wears their white jerseys at home and LSU does just that. I love that classic uniform with the gold pants, gold helmet along with the purple and gold shoulder stripes.
Honorable Mention – Pittsburgh – The Panthers get an honorable mention for their old-school script ‘Pitt’ helmets they wore on Saturday.
Dud Uniform of the Week – Kentucky Wildcats – I absolutely loved the chrome helmets they wore a few weeks ago with the blue jerseys and white pants. When Kentucky decided to switch out the white pants with the grey ones, I cringed. It looked like three parts of three different uniform sets mixed together for an abysmal look against the number one team in the country.
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