Well, the first full Saturday of college football is in the books, and what a day it was. Highlighted by two huge non-conference matchups, the SEC was on center stage Saturday night.
Alabama rolled into Jerry’s World and not only won, they made a statement, as Allen Faul from Rant Sports tells us. This was an assault that showed just what a machine Nick Saban has created in Tuscaloosa. But more importantly, a game that the Michigan Wolverines will learn a great deal from moving forward.
Let’s get it cranking with our SEC Football Sunday Morning Quarterback, showcasing some of the best performances around the league.
Russ The Bulldog wasn’t the only star to come shooting out of the tunnel at Samford Stadium on Saturday. True freshman running back Todd Gurley took his second carry around left end and found the endzone, then followed that up with a 100-yard kickoff return. Quite a day for the freshman phenom, as Bill King explains in his Junkyard Blawg, Gurley had a day to woof about.
True freshman running backs seemed like the theme of the day, as not to be outdone by Gurley, T.J. Yeldon of Alabama rolled through Michigan’s defense to the tune of 111 yards on 11 carries. A few other freshmen highlighted the night for the Crimson Tide as well.
The LSU Tigers started defense of their 2011 SEC Title on Saturday as they handled North Texas 41-14. The Baton Rouge crowd however, went speechless in the first quarter as new quarterback Zach Mettenberger went down and had to leave the field. Mettenberger did return and finished the night 19 of 26 for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
The Auburn Tigers fought hard for four quarters but came up just a bit short versus Clemson. Auburn struggled in the redzone and had to settle for field goal attempts instead of touchdowns. First game struggles have the faithful on “The Plains” wondering if the Tigers have more questions than answers.
Mississippi State blasted Jackson State 56-9, and now must get ready for the Auburn Tigers, who come calling on Starkville September 8.
The Arkansas Razorbacks welcomed in the John L. Smith era as they hosted the Jacksonville State Gamecocks. Tyler Wilson was on fire, after letting the Gamecocks hang around, he set the school record in passing yards for an opening season game.
The Ole Miss Rebels trailed Central Arkansas 20-14 at the half, but rallied and dominated the second half led by quarterback Bo Wallace.
It was a struggle all day for the Florida Gators, as it took until the fourth quarter before they could put away a scrappy Bowling Green squad. The guys over at Alligator Army tell you what went right and wrong on Saturday at The Swamp.
Freddie Vickers covers the SEC for Rant Sports
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