There was only one get in town in the SEC this week. This means that instead of the usual Five Best and Five Disaster pieces there will be this piece that looks at the Three Best and Three Disasters at the same time. It is indeed a madness, but given what happened in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta it would seem like the season was incomplete without covering that game.
By Steve Wright
BEST – The SEC
The way that the seedings have fallen for the College Football Playoff are perfect for the SEC. The league wanted to avoid an Alabama/Georgia rematch in the semi-final, something that would have happened had the two schools landed at No. 1 and No. 4 in the rankings in either order. With Bama at 1 and Georgia at 3, however, the chance of a rematch of the SEC Championship game in the College Football Playoff final is a real possibility. Alabama should open as heavy favorites against a Cincinnati team that is talented and has a chip on its shoulder, but that hasn’t been playing SEC-level competition for the past few months. Georgia will (likely) have more issues with Michigan, but both SEC schools will start as favorites to meet in Indianapolis.
WORST – Brian Kelly’s Louisiana Accent
I mean he has been there for a day. Really there is a lot not to like about how this all went down. Leaving your team and dumping them by text after 12 years on the job feels like a cheap way out. Doing so less than a week after saying (for some reason) that it would take a filthy-rich fairy godmother to make you leave is also not a good look. Maybe Brian Kelly brings success back to LSU – something everyone seems to say forgetting that LSU was successful literally two years ago – but there will be plenty of folks in the SEC and further afar who will want to see this hire fail purely because of how Kelly dipped out on a team that – at the time – still had a College Football Playoff shot.
BEST – Jameson Williams First Touchdown
The only reason this isn’t higher is that Jameson Williams was so uncovered in the play that it seems like the whole state of Georgia forgot about him. Even so, the ridiculous speed of Williams when he catches the ball in full flight is like nothing else on a college football field. He makes athletes – extremely fast SEC level athletes at that – look slow time after time. On this play the Georgia safety has a simple angle on Williams to stop the score, yet every step the gazelle-like Williams takes the angle disappears. It’s insane.
WORST – John Metchie III’s Injury
Really this just sucks. John Metchie has 96 receptions on the year for Alabama and he is the Tide’s leading receiver. He carried the school in the win over Auburn in the Iron Bowl and he was more than doing his part on Saturday before disaster struck.
It was an injury when the news of a torn ACL was inevitable for anyone who saw it happen. Metchie was on a route near the end of the first half of the SEC Title game. Bryce Young pulled the ball down to run as Metchie came into the frame he was already down on the turf holding his knee with no defender near him. A replay showed that the knee went as he planted to cut on his route, with Metchie immediately crumpling to the ground. All we can hope for here is a swift recovery for his (hopefully) days playing on Sundays.
BEST – Bryce Young
Just give him the Heisman already. Georgia doesn’t concede yards or points. The Bulldogs’ season average saw them give up less than a touchdown a game. All Bryce Young did against a defense playing at the highest level AND without his most consistent receiver for the entire second half, was to throw for 421 yards and three touchdowns. All year long it was said that no one wanted to win the Heisman this year and that there were no standout performers. There is a kid tossing no-look laterals and touchdown bombs down in Tuscaloosa that would disagree with that statement.
WORST – Stetson Bennett’s Second Interception
The first interception was far from ideal when Stetson Bennett threw it with Georgia down 14 and driving in the third quarter. His second interception, however, was the one that ended the game. As described on the broadcast, Bennett expected ‘Bama to be in a two safety shell. Instead, safety Jordan Battle was baiting Bennett. He waited until the quarterback through his wide receiver was open then cut in front of him to grab an interception that had him halfway to the end zone before anyone could react. One block on the quarterback later and the margin was 21 points and Alabama was out of sight.