FAYETTEVILLE — After hearing all week about how good they were after knocking off previously ranked No. 9 Clemson, 34-10, Alabama was less than stellar in its follow-up effort against Tulane. Needing a special teams touchdown to put away Tulane, the Crimson Tide struggled on offense and sputtered to a 20-6 win against the Green Wave.
For Tide coach Nick Saban, the game served as a perfect example of showing his team to not get ahead of themselves.
“My first comment to the team was ‘Do you believe me now,’” Saban said. “You talk about all these things and you talk about consistency and what it takes in terms of preparation and things you need to be able to play well. Because you want to be able to compete to your capacity. That’s what we want for the players. I’m sure that’s what they want, I’m sure that’s what their families want. And it’s disappointing when you can’t drive that point home and get them to do that. But I also think that in all these circumstances and situations there are lessons to be learned.
“And the simple analogy to me is you can tell your kids don’t touch the stove, it’s hot. But most of them don’t figure it out until they do it once, and maybe that’s the lesson we can learn from this one.”
Tigers Hoping To Be Home
After having last week’s scheduled game with Troy postponed until Nov. 15 due to damages in the Baton Rouge area caused by Hurricane Gustav, LSU was looking forward to playing another game in Tiger Stadium this week. That was until Hurricane Ike showed up on the radar.
With another hurricane in the region, LSU officials have been forced to search for other possible venues for this week’s game against North Texas, contacting Shreveport, Dallas and Atlanta as possible alternatives. But as Ike has now set its sights on the Texas coast, Tigers coach Les Miles believes his team’s game this weekend will be able to go forward as planned.
“We’re pretty optimistic that Tiger Stadium is going to be made available,” Miles said. “And my guess is as good as any’s, but just from the path that Ike is taking there’s the likelihood that we’ll have good weather and the opportunity to be in Tiger Stadium is there.
“But I do appreciate the opportunity to have other venues looked at by our administration, because honestly you just never know where a storm ends up. And an opportunity to be at another venue allows us to play the game, which is certainly what we need.”
The Real Season Begins
Georgia is 2-0 after back-to-back wins against Georgia Southern and Central Michigan to open the season. But in Bulldogs’ coach Mark Richt’s mind, the real season doesn’t really get under way until Saturday when his team visits South Carolina for its Southeastern Conference opener.
“I think there’s just a different feel for that game than for any other game of the year,” Richt said. “We’re feeling the same kind of emotions (as an opener) knowing our Southeastern Conference play is beginning and our quest for a Eastern Division title is beginning.”
Same Old Houston
Houston Nutt might not be at Arkansas anymore, but that hasn’t stopped him from laying down some of the same coachspeak he handed out over the past 10 years in Fayetteville.
Analyzing Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead’s play during the weekly SEC coach’s teleconference, Nutt sounded like his old self.
“What a competitor, excellent leader and all of the players really trust him,” Nutt said. “He really studies the game and puts a lot of time in it and he’s a real winner.”
SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL — WEEK 2
5-11 • 207 • Sophomore
Belford, N.J. (Middletown South HS)
Moreno rushed for 168 yards on just 18 carries and had a career-high tying three touchdowns in Georgia’s 56-17 win against Central Michigan. The sophomore scored three touchdowns for the second week in a row and is now second in the nation in scoring. Moreno also had three catches for 30 yards last week and was part of an offense that racked up 552 yards.
6-0 • 222 • Junior
Southlake, Texas (Carroll HS)
Benoist turned in a career-best game in Vanderbilt’s upset win against then No. 24 South Carolina, contributing 15 tackles in the Commodores 24-17 victory last Thursday. A two-year starter, Benoist also picked up a six-yard quarterback sack, a two-yard tackle for a loss and a pass deflection in the win against the Gamecocks.
Return Specialist/Cornerback, Alabama
5-9 • 198 • Junior
Tampa, Fla. (Robinson HS)
Arenas had five punt returns for a school record 147 yards and a touchdown in Alabama’s 20-6 win against Tulane. His 87-yard punt return for a touchdown was the fifth longest in school history. Arenas now has four punt returns for touchdowns in his career, tying him with David Palmer for the school record.
6-4 • 273 • Senior
Huntsville, Ala. (Grissom HS)
Bosley graded out at 94 percent on 70 offensive plays in Auburn’s 27-13 win against Southern Miss last week. Against the Golden Eagles, Bosley recorded five “rodeo” blocks and two “cockroach” blocks after playing right tackle for the first time after moving over the center position.
Defensive End, Florida
6-3 • 250 • Junior
Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson HS)
Cunningham picked up nine tackles — including five solos — two tackles for losses and a sack in Florida’s 26-3 win against Miami (Fla.). With Cunningham leading the way, the Gator defense held the Hurricanes to just 140 yards of total offense while also forcing nine punts.
Wide Receiver, Arkansas
6-0 • 175
Little Rock (Central Arkansas Christian)
Adams led all Arkansas receivers with seven catches and totaled 89 receiving yards in the Razorbacks’ 28-27 win against Louisiana-Monroe last week. His seven catches were the most by a Razorback since Peyton Hillis’ seven catches against Auburn in 2005. Two of Adams’ catches came during Arkansas’ fourth quarter comeback, netting first downs on each reception. Adams also recorded a nine-yard rush in the win against the Warhawks.
Rough In The Red Zone
Through the first two weeks, Arkansas ranks last in the Southeastern Conference in red zone defense, giving up five touchdowns in seven chances. Here’s a look at how the Razorbacks compare with the rest of the SEC.
Team TD-Chances Percentage Rush/Pass
Alabama 0-4 00.00 0/0
Kentucky 0-2 00.00 0/0
LSU 0-2 00.00 0/0
Vanderbilt 2-5 40.00 0/2
Georgia 3-7 42.86 2/1
Auburn 2-4 50.00 0/2
Florida 1-2 50.00 0/1
Mississippi State 3-5 60.00 2/1
Ole Miss 4-6 66.67 2/2
Tennessee 2-3 66.67 1/1
South Carolina 2-3 66.67 2/0
Arkansas 5-7 71.43 3/2
38 Career touchdown passes for Arkansas’ Casey Dick, the third-highest active total in the SEC
147 Punt return yardage for Alabama’s Javier Arenas last week, setting a school record
315 Career pass completions for Dick, the third-highest active total in the SEC
2005 The last season Vanderbilt started 2-0 before this year
90,833 Record crowd for last week’s Florida-Miami game in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium