Say this much for Alabama and Kentucky: They know how to start a football season with a bang. The Tide and Wildcats scored on their first scrimmage play of 2007 Saturday, spurring each to a lopsided victory.
Bama got a 47-yard touchdown run from Terry Grant
on the first snap of its 52-6 blowout of Western Carolina. The Big Blue got a 51-yard TD pass from Andre Woodson
to Dicky Lyons
Jr., on the first snap of its 50-10 beat-down of Eastern Kentucky
Alabama and Kentucky were among 10 SEC teams to post season-opening wins over the weekend. The only league teams to lose were Mississippi State (which fell to SEC rival LSU) and Tennessee.
Obviously, one weekend of action is way too early to start drawing conclusions but I'm not going to let that stop me. That said, here are my week 1 SEC Rankings:
1.Georgia (1-0). Coming off a forgettable freshman season, sophomore QB Matthew Stafford completed 18 of 24 passes for 234 yards and two TDs as the Dawgs whipped a good Oklahoma State team 35-14.
2.LSU (1-0). The Tigers' defense looked great against an offensively challenged Mississippi State team, holding the Bulldogs to 10 rushing yards and 136 passing yards in a 45-0 rout.
3.Florida (1-0). Tim Tebow made his starting debut a good one, passing for 300 yards and three TDs, and running for another TD, as the Gators hammered Western Kentucky 49-3.
4.Alabama (1-0). Terry Grant, the heir-apparent to Kenneth Darby, rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns as the Tide trounced Western Carolina 52-6.
5.Auburn (1-0). Outplayed for 57 minutes, the Tigers scored two touchdowns in the final 2:01 to overcome visiting Kansas State 23-13.
6.Arkansas (1-0). Casey Dick completed a mere 11 of 20 passes for 108 yards and the Hogs led just 23-17 at halftime before pulling away to beat Troy 46-26.
7.Kentucky (1-0). The Wildcats' first eight possessions produced five touchdowns and a field goal en route to a 50-10 thumping of Eastern Kentucky.
8.Tennessee (0-1). The Vols' offense looked pretty good but their defense and special teams came up short in a 45-31 loss at California.
9.South Carolina (1-0). Playing without suspended QB Blake Mitchell, the Gamecocks allowed 252 rushing yards and struggled mightily before subduing lowly Louisiana Lafayette 28-14.
10.Vanderbilt (1-0). Earl Bennett caught 13 passes for 223 yards and three touchdowns as the Commodores blitzed Richmond 41-17.
11.Ole Miss (1-0). The Rebels blew a 20-0 lead and had to stop a two-point conversion attempt with 31 seconds left to preserve a 23-21 defeat of a very weak Memphis team.
12. Mississippi State (0-1). Michael Henig threw six interceptions – and he's supposed to be the Bulldogs' offensive leader – in a 45-0 loss to LSU.