SEC's top five

dshirley@macon.comSeptember 2, 2013 

1. Bama's back: Alabama wasn't great on offense against Virginia Tech (it had only 206 yards of total offense), but the Crimson Tide didn't have to be. They were still dominant on defense (Virginia Tech had 212 total yards and only 59 passing) and got two special teams scores to blow out the Hokies. Alabama isn't yet the machine it has been the past two years, but if the offense catches up to the defense, watch out.

2. Johnny Football enters Lebron territory: Johnny Manziel doesn't care what anyone thinks about him, and it shows with his on-field antics. He is disrespectful to the game, his teammates, his coaches and the opponents. He has to be the most disliked athlete in sports in our country (Lebron James says thank you Johnny Football). One of these days, that is going to catch up with him and really hurt his team. Against, Rice, it didn't. But Manziel, whose punkish ways have turned college football against him in less than a year, and his Texas A&M team are headed for trouble if all this silly stuff keeps up.

3. Tough loss for UGA: Not only did Georgia lose to Clemson in its opener, it lost standout receiver Malcolm Mitchell for the season. The Bulldogs have some good receivers behind Mitchell, but none of those players have ever been the go-to guy like Mitchell has been. Someone will have to step up and help quarterback Aaron Murray, who once again made key mistakes in a big game. Georgia has to get this figured out quickly with South Carolina up next on the schedule.

4. Malzahn/Marshall might work: Former Wilcox County standout Nick Marshall wasn't great against Washington State in his Auburn opener, but he was steady, and that might be good enough for now. Marshall threw for fewer than 100 yards, but he didn't have any turnovers in his debut, which was also Gus Malzahn's debut as the Tigers' head coach. Having Ellis Johnson on the staff as the defensive coordinator certainly helps the Tigers' chances.

5. Cam is a plus: Cam Cameron was hired by Les Miles during the offseason to be LSU's offensive coordinator, and that paid off, at least for one week. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger looked more confident and polished as he threw for more than 250 yards and led LSU to a win over TCU.


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