The celebration after Saturday’s 38-10 blowout probably won’t end until Monday morning, but No. 13 Alabama still has a long way to go after taking down No. 8 Georgia.
Arkansas comes to town in six days, and while the Razorbacks figure to be huge underdogs, fans should know better than to look past Bret Bielema and co. after a wild SEC weekend.
Here’s what you need to know this Sunday morning:
- Alabama sent a scary message to the rest of the country. Essentially: “We’re still here.” The Tide got up 24-3 before halftime at Georgia and washed fans out of Sanford Stadium before the heavy rain could. Derrick Henry led a potent rushing attack with 149 yards on 26 carries, while the defense shut down UGA’s previously unstoppable offense.
- Jake Coker locked up the starting quarterback job. It’s been an up-and-down year for Coker, but he made all the right throws on Saturday, including a beautiful 45-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Ridley. He finished with 190 yards passing, 28 yards rushing and two total scores on the afternoon.
- The future is here. Several freshmen made big plays against UGA. Ridley had two huge catches, while Minkah Fitzpatrick blocked a punt, returned it for a touchdown and then later tacked on a sack. Marlon Humphrey, Ronnie Harrison and Bo Scarbrough were notable as well.
- A Crimson Tide assistant couldn’t resist trolling Georgia. One of this past week’s major storylines was the fact that Georgia appears to be building an Alabama-influenced football program. Tide wide receivers coach Bill Napier was having none of it after the blowout win.
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- No. 25 Florida took down No. 3 Ole Miss, which does wonders for Alabama’s SEC West hopes. Both the Rebels and the Tide now have one loss, with Mississippi holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. Of course, there are two other West contenders — Texas A&M (Oct. 17) and LSU (Nov. 7) — on tap for ‘Bama in the next five weeks.
- MontgomeryAdvisor.com‘s Duane Rankin explained how Georgia missed chances to get ahead early against Alabama. Most notable was the game’s first play, when quarterback Greyson Lambert misfired on a throw to his wide open receiver.
- Has Alabama found its identity? Nick Saban thinks so. TuscaloosaNews.com‘s Aaron Suttles broke down how ‘Bama established its running game after weeks of frustration.
- Yahoo.com national columnist Pat Forde said the Tide’s win knocked UGA down a peg. You’ll like the title: “All bark, no bite: Georgia put back in its place by resurgent Alabama”
- Did Saturday’s win remind you of anything? Maybe Alabama’s “Black Out” win over Georgia in 2008? TideSports.com‘s Cecil Hurt thought so, and got some pretty interesting comments from UGA coach Mark Richt.
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- An ESPN analyst said Florida might be the best team in the SEC
- LSU running back Leonard Fournette set an impressive SEC record
- Texas A&M receiver ejected for targeting after bone-crushing block
- Auburn finally won again, got chance to “catch breath”
- “Phantom calls” have Steve Spurrier furious after loss to Mizzou