Week 3 is in the books. Let’s see what we learned.
Arkansas looks legit. Everyone knew that Arkansas’s offense was going to be good but I had some serious doubts about their defense. Arkansas’s defense dominated Georgia for the first three quarters in their 31-24 victory which put Ryan Mallet in the Heisman discussion and setting up a big game with Alabama next week.
The hot seat just got turned up a notch for Mark Richt. The rumblings were heard loud and clear about Mark Richt in Athens after losing at home to Arkansas. Georgia’s team is really young so I’m not that surprised at this, but I guess the folks in Athens are. This loss will most likely eliminate Georgia from getting to Atlanta for the SEC Championship and we are only in week 3.
Stanford and Arizona are real threats to Oregon for the Pac 10 title. We all wondered who would give Oregon problems in the Pac-10 since USC is on probation, but we don’t have to wonder anymore. Both teams had dominating performance as Arizona upset Iowa 34-27 and Stanford slapped around Wake Forest 68-24. This three team race is going to be exciting to watch as the season goes on.
Nebraska is the best team in the Big 12. After making Jake Locker look like complete crap and having three players with 100 yards rushing in a 56-21 rout against Washington, the Cornhuskers are the best team in the Big 12. Nebraska’s defense is just nasty and with that powerful running attack, Nebraska might have a chance to compete for more than a Big 12 title.
Playing in the SEC is way different than playing in the Pac-10. Don’t believe me? Just ask Ole Miss and Jeremiah Masoli. The gamble for Masoli hasn’t paid off as he threw two interceptions and one was returned for a touchdown in a 28-14 loss to Vanderbilt in Oxford. Ole Miss fans should get ready. It’s going to be plenty of more interceptions from Masoli as the season goes on.