1. Wait, Harvin hasn’t been healthy since when?
Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll refers to yards-per-touch as a football player’s “slugging percentage.” Reggie Bush’s slugging percentage, for instance, was 10.1 yards in 2004. Harvin had an 11.4 last season. And now Harvin is saying he’s been playing on a sore heel since the 10th grade and finally feels healthy. Let’s see if the CBS cameras can find him once he starts running Saturday.
2. If you’re an SEC football fan, I hope 3-2 didn’t offend you
There’s more soccer-score fun coming like we saw from Auburn FC and Starkville City last Saturday. The 10 SEC defenses who played last week allowed an average of 8.2 points, 2.5 yards per rushing attempt and forced 18 turnovers. The two conference games last week finished 3-2 and 14-7. On the Western side, LSU, Auburn, Alabama and Mississippi State look dominant on defense. Field goooooaaaaallll!
3. Vandy is playing better in the second half?
Really? The Commodores spent the last century making SEC fans shake their heads at blown leads and fourth-quarter meltdowns. Now, suddenly, they’re playing better late in the game. Vanderbilt trailed in all three games this year and won them all. The Commodores have outscored opponents 45-10 in the second half and whipped South Carolina after halftime. Bobby Johnson deserves a lot of credit.
4. The SEC is great, but watch out for the Big 12
After watching Cal, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington State (yikes) last week, I’m over the Pac-10 (USC not included). How about the Big 12? It’s kind of like the SEC, only those teams score lots of points. The quarterbacks are phenomenal: Graham Harrell of Texas Tech, Kansas’ Todd Reesing, Chase Daniel at Missouri, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford and Texas’ Colt McCoy. Nine of the top 11 teams are from the SEC or Big 12.
5. Either Falcons or Dolphins fans will rejoice Saturday
It’s Nick “I had a good college job, why would have I left that if I was going to be interested in other college jobs” Saban vs. Bobby “I haven’t given (college jobs) one bit of thought” Petrino in a ... college game. Hey, Dolphins fans, it goes like this, “Woo ... Pig ... Sooie!”