The Cocks moved the ball down the field in an impressive manner to win on Saturday night in Athens. The win secured the first back-to-back wins for the Cocks over the Dawgs in more than a decade. Georgia's defense was outstanding, allowing last season's SEC leading rusher Derek Watson to less than 20 yards.
Still, penalties, dropped passes, and bad special teams caught up with the Dawgs. Carolina improves to 2-0; 1-0 in the SEC. The Dawgs drop to 1-1; 0-1 in the SEC.
Tennessee – Arkansas
Arkansas held the Vols scoreless until late in the game. The Vols then put 13 straight point on the board to secure their second straight win over the Hogs. Both teams looked pretty bad for the whole game. Weather could have been the biggest factor in the game, as a lightning storm forced the game to be delayed twice. Tennessee improves to 2-0 and 1-0 in the SEC. They play Florida next week. Arkansas falls to 0-1 in the SEC.
Alabama – Vanderbilt
Alabama struggled to win a kicking contest in Nashville Saturday afternoon. The honeymoon is most certainly over for Bama head coach Dennis Franchione. His team now averages less than 15 points a game in the 2001 season, a far cry to the points that he put up while at TCU. Bama improved to 1-1 and 1-0 in the SEC.
Vandy was looking to rebound from its season opening loss to Middle Tennessee State. The Commodores are now 0-2; 0-1 in the SEC, and stand little chance of getting to a bowl game for the first time since 1984. Vandy seems content to play teams close and then lose.
Auburn – Ole Miss
The Tigers got out to a 27-0 lead on Ole Miss and then held the Rebels off to get an important win in the SEC West. Ole Miss looked awful in the first half. It looked like there were Tigers everywhere on the defensive side of the ball.
I think that everyone needs to hold off on the Eli Manning hype just a little bit longer. While I do think that he will be a great quarterback, he needs more time to develop. Ole Miss falls to 1-1 and 0-1 in the SEC. Auburn improves to 2-0 and 1-0 in the SEC.
Both Florida and LSU had non-games with La Monroe and Utah St respectively. Kentucky struggled, but finally defeated mighty Ball State. It is clear that the Kentucky program is in dire straights. The Cats will be fortunate to win a game in conference this season.