2. The Most Underrated Thing Was …
Just how shockingly inept the mid-to-lower level of the SEC was.
Losing games is fine – it happens – but what happened on Saturday to the best conference in college football was totally inexcusable.
South Carolina came into the game against North Carolina with the talent, experience, and supposed desire to get over last year’s brutally ugly Belk Bowl loss to Virginia and start out rocking. Instead, it played ultra-conservative and didn’t press, and it held the honor of being the most maddening Power Five program going.
Wyoming hasn’t done anything interesting offensively since Fennis Dembo was averaging 18 a game for the hoops side back in the late 1980s, but all of a sudden, the running game was good enough to rip apart Missouri for a 37-31 win.
There was no O in Ole Miss as it clunked against Memphis, and, of course, there was the Tennessee 38-30 whiff against Georgia State, which would be considered the low point of Volunteer football if only it didn’t seem like there’s a whole other level the program might get to.
Throw in the lousy performance by Arkansas in the 20-13 win over Portland State, Mississippi State’s underwhelming win over Louisiana, and the ugly Florida win over Miami in Week 0, and this wasn’t a good look for the league …
Right up until Auburn saved the conference’s bacon.