Five Top Fives in the SEC: Week Two

Chris MizeranyCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2008

Well, we're two weeks into the new season of college football.  Here is a quick look at my five top fives in the SEC.

Top Five Teams

1. Florida Gators

I'm sure the Georgia fans will hate me for this, but the UF defense looks improved, and their offense has what seems like an infinite amount of weapons.

2. Georgia Bulldogs

Georgia has lived up to the hype, but they have played against lesser competition than the Gators.

3. Auburn Tigers

Auburn showed that they could run against UL-Monroe and showed that they could pass against Southern Miss.  Their defense is brutal.  Now, about those fumbles...

4. Alabama Crimson Tide

The Tide absolutely dominated a top 10 Clemson team but followed that up with a less impressive victory over Tulane.  Impressive or not, they're still 2-0.

5. LSU Tigers

LSU fans will now be the ones biting my head off.  This could be because I was never on the App State bandwagon, or because I'm still not convinced of Andrew Hatch being an SEC-caliber quarterback.  LSU can prove itself to me on Sept. 20.

Top Five Offensive Players

1. Tim Tebow

One word describes Tebow on the field: Beast.

2. Knowshon Moreno

Last year's freshman phenom looks to be avoiding the sophomore slump: He is averaging 8.7 yards per carry en route to 310 all-purpose yards and six touchdowns.

3. Ben Tate

Auburn's running back has really emerged.  Against ULM, he had 120 all-purpose yards, and he added 122 more against Southern Miss—all this while splitting time with Lester, Davis, and Smith in the backfield.

4. Charles Scott

In just one game this year, LSU's tailback has 160 rushing yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns.

5. Andre Smith

He helped anchor an offensive line that dominated Clemson, and the drop-off was noticeable when he didn't play against Tulane.

Top Five Surprises

1. Alabama Crimson Tide

Alabama was a heavy underdog against Clemson, and they crushed the Tigers.  No letdown against Tulane the week after.

2. Vanderbilt Commodores

After beating Miami (OH) in Week One, Vandy overcame a 10-3 halftime deficit to defeat the then-No. 24 South Carolina Gamecocks.

3. Mark Ingram

The freshman flew under the radar all spring and has run wild for the Tide, amassing 171 total yards so far this year.

4. Tennessee Volunteers

This is by no means a good surprise.  The Vols intercepted UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft four times and still lost.  Bye bye Fat Phil?

5. Auburn running game

After all the hype about Auburn's new spread offense, many people were under the impression that the Tigers had abandoned the running game.  As my friend Lee Corso would say, not so fast my friend!

Top Five Coaches on the Hot Seat

1. Sylvester Croom

After a loss to Louisiana Tech, the Bulldogs can only go up.  Right?

2. Phillip Fulmer

Fat Phil always seems to be on the hot seat, but he never seems to go anywhere.

3. Steve Spurrier

Okay, Spurrier most likely will not be fired.  But he may step down soon.

4. Rich Brooks

After losing Andre' Woodson, the Kentucky football team will likely return to its losing ways.

5. Bobby Petrino

Could Arkansas really fire such a high-paid, highly touted coach after one year?  I don't know, but if Arkansas keeps this up, they should.

Top Five Disgraces to the SEC

1. The New Arkansas Uniforms

Seriously?  Whatever they were drinking, it should be illegal.

2. Mississippi State Loses to LA Tech

The only thing more embarrassing would be losing to Cal Poly.  Sorry, Aztecs fans...

3. Arkansas Beats Western Illinois—By FOUR

Come on Arkansas, can we step it up a little?  For the SEC?

4. Mississippi State Opens the Season in Ruston, LA

Where?  Exactly.

5. Urban Meyer Runs Up the Score on Miami

With about a minute remaining and up by 20, Meyer kept calling passing plays and drove downfield for a late field goal.  I don't know your motives, Coach Meyer, but show some class.  Run out the clock.

Now let's hear your opinions.

War Eagle,



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