What did we learn from the first full weekend of college football? (Well, it actually isn’t over, but the SEC games are, and for most of y’all, that’s all that matters).
The SEC’s Holy Trinity of QBs — you know them as McCarron, Murray and Manziel — looked merely mortal at times.
McCarron struggled, whether it was because of an ingrown toenail, we’re not sure, but the Alabama OL needs work. He was the country’s top-rated passer in 2012, but was only 10-of-23 with a pick in the win over Virginia Tech.
Georgia’s line also damaged Murray’s opportunities, and although his completion percentage was high, he also had two turnovers and will be roasted for failing to win another big game.
That leads us to Manziel, who came out of the world’s shortest exile to throw three TD passes, but also showed he hasn’t learned a thing from the past eight months. My 7-year-old is more mature than him. Under the NCAA’s new rules, Manziel might become the first person to be ejected for targeting with his mouth.
To throw another M into the SEC’s bag of M&M&M QBs, LSU’s Zach Mettenberger appeared comfortable in new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron’s offense. He took chances down the field against TCU’s tough defense and his lone TD pass gave the Tigers a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
In case you missed it, Mercer restarted its football program after a 72-year absence with a 40-37 win over Reinhardt, a first-year program. QB John Russ threw three TD passes and Josh Shutter — a former soccer player at Clemson and Mercer — kicked two field goals in the final 3:17 for the victory.