Thursday, September 12, 2013
Way too Late Arky State Review/Schedule Threatdown
Apologies for being late with the review this week, I just got back from meeting with Alabama's congressional delegation to discuss vision care. Technically I met with their staffers. We didn't see a single congressman or senator. I am amazed that the country seems to be run by 25 year old poli-sci majors whose parents donated to somebody's campaign.
Auburn handled Arkansas State early and we all felt pretty much at ease after 2 quick scores. The running game for Auburn may be one of the best in the conference, with the 3 headed monster of Mason, Payne, and Grant. Throw in Nick Marshall and you have a dangerous run game that can attack you from anywhere.
For that reason I am less concerned about our passing game at the moment. There will come a time this year when Nick Marshall will have to win a game throwing the football, but for now, we should just enjoy this power eye offense that happens to be run out of a spread.
Defensively we still give up too many yards, but hard to argue with 9 points surrendered. As a whole way better.
Now on to the threatdown...
Last week we used the Def-Con system, we'll use the use that as a basis for how I am feeling about the rest of the schedule today...
Mississippi State- Last week- Whipped Alcorn State 51-7. Tyler Russell did not play in this game, still shaking off the cobwebs from his week 1 concussion. Threatdown level--Down a bit, based more on Auburn's easy win vs State's performance.
LSU Last week- destroyed a hapless UAB 56-17. Auburn should be 3-0 going down to take on a scary team at night in Baton Rouge. Threatdown level-up a tic.
Ole Miss Last week-Looked kind of meh in beating SEMO State 31-13. I am not buying stock in this bunch yet. Threatdown level-down slightly.
Western Carolina Last week- Blown out by Va Tech 45-3. Not worth talking about otherwise. Threatdown level-Non-existent.
Texas Aggies Last week-Clobbered Sam Houston St. 65-28. The Aggs haven't stopped anybody's run game yet. They get some players back on defense this week, and they will need them or else they will be totally flukered (see what I did there?) against Bama. Threatdown level- Still very high, but down slightly.
Florida Atlantic Run out of the stadium by ECU 31-13. Cupcake city. Threatdown level-None.
Arkansas Last week-Had to change their shorts after squeaking by Samford 31-21. Hogs almost got caught napping in this one as the Bulldogs actually had the lead in the 4th quarter. Threatdown level-down some form last week.
Tennessee Last week- Beat WKU 52-20. Kudos to the Vols for accepting the 5 first quarter gifts in the first 8 plays from the Hilltoppers. We'll know way more about the Vols after their trip out to Oregon. Threatdown level-unchanged.
Georgia Last week-Beat South Carolina 41-30. Georgia still has some defensive issues to work out, but they looked impressive beating the Gamecocks. Threatdown level-Unchanged.
Bama Last week-Did not play. According to Nick Saban, Unfluckering believable week of practice for the Tide getting ready for A&M. And if he gets one more Fluckering question about off the field stuff he will blow a Fluckering microchip. Threatdown level-Hasn't changed a Fluckering bit.
More tomorrow on State....