Let's start with the obvious topic of choice... Jeremy Johnson. Sure, it was Western Carolina, and we knew that even Cody Parkey would be able to win at quarterback against the Catamounts. But there's no denying that Jeremy Johnson, with a year under the system under his belt, will be the favorite to win the starting job for the 2014 season. My question to the coaches is, why burn the redshirt? Coach Malzahn announced yesterday that Nick Marshall is healthy enough to play against Texas A&M in College Station this weekend. I'm finding it extremely hard to comprehend Gus' decision. Maybe he figures that Jeremy Johnson is a good enough quarterback to leave early for the NFL anyway...who knows? Gus Malzahn's mind is a scary, scary place.
M-I-Z Z-O-U... Go back into the archives on any sports blog, and you'll find joke after joke about the Missouri Tigers. Is there anyone in their right mind that expected Mizzou to do well this year? Even Missouri fans expected utter disappointment from their Tigers, but would ya look at that...they're leading the east. I told you guys last week that Missouri ran the quickest offense in the SEC, and it certainly payed off last Saturday against UGA. But then, the strike of lightning. James Franklin, no...not Vandy's coach, suffered an injury on Saturday that will place his rear end right on the bench for the rest of the regular season. With two crucial games in the next two weeks, Florida and South Carolina, can the Tigers expect a win out of either of those opponents? Not without a starting quarterback, that's for sure. I guess we'll be getting a glimpse at how Gary Pinkel and Mizzou will work, post-James Franklin, in the coming years.
I took a gander at Louisville last Thursday... and I must say, they were extraordinarily average in their game against Rutgers. I thought this offense was supposed to be explosive with Teddy Bridgewater and, familiar face, Michael Dyer. The Cardinals only managed to put up 24 points against a pretty weak Rutgers team. Arkansas put up 24 on the Scarlet Knights, and they were on the road! There is no chance that an undefeated Louisville team would go to the national championship over a one-loss SEC team, and to classify Teddy Bridgewater as a Heisman candidate is a complete joke. Look me straight in the eyes and tell me that Teddy Bridgewater will win the Heisman trophy over Jameis Winston...I dare you.
Speaking of Jameis Winston... he and his Seminoles have a pretty big game this weekend in Death Valley. No, not the one in Baton Rouge, but the (fake) one in Clemson, South Carolina. Is it too early to say that I think this team will play Oregon in the national championship? Maybe. But I think it'll happen, and Jameis Winston will be the second freshman to win the Heisman trophy. Hopefully he handles the fame a bit better than someone else I know...