This is more like the Alabama I was expecting to see this year. Bama needed a punt return for touchdown and a blocked punt returned for touchdown to win the game. The offense was anemic all day, compiling only 172 total yards. Youch.
Florida 26, Miami 3
Miami hung around in the first half, but couldn't generate enough offense to make a game of it. Florida held the Canes to 140 total yards and Tim Tebow fought off a barrage of blitzes to lead three scoring drives and ice the game in the second half.
*Miami has an impressive collection of freshmen. Linebacker Sean Spence is going to be a player. He's fast and physical. Quarterback Robert Marve struggled in the second half, but he has a strong arm and came out with great poise early in the game. Miami will win some games in the ACC this year.
*Florida has quite an impressive collection of athletes. There was so much speed an athleticism wearing blue tonight that it almost doesn't matter what schemes you teach them. Florida started slow but got better as the night went along. By the end of the game the Gators looked like a top five team with national title aspirations.
*The defensive game plan called by Bill Young of Miami was impressive. The continuous pressure they put on Tim Tebow, particularly with constant blitzes off the edge, really disrupted Tebow and the offense. Tebow adjusted in the second half, but his accuracy was clearly diminished with all the pressure in the first half.
Texas 42, UTEP 13
After a slow start, the Longhorns put it together and ran away with a big win in El Paso. It was sort of a ho-hum game, but Texas proved their superiority in the trenches, and Colt McCoy played another excellent game.
*Quan Cosby is a super solid receiver. He and McCoy seem to be on the same page which will come in handy in those third down situations against Missouri and Oklahoma in a few weeks. The young receivers are also showing more and more promise every week. For some reason I'm not sure about Dan Buckner yet - he doesn't seem to play as big as he is - but Malcolm Williams and Brandon Collins are going to be good.
*By the end of the game the Texas defense was pressuring UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe on every snap. Vittatoe hung in there pretty well for the most part, but you can't expect him to win a game when he's under that kind of pressure.
*Overall it was a spotty performance by the Longhorns, but the good spots were really good. The defense is still a work in progress, but they are definitely coming along. At the end of the day it's hard to complain too much when the strength of the team is on both lines.
It's been a long, glorious day of college football. Good night now!