The Spread Offensive: SEC Backlash?
The Spread Offensive: SEC Backlash?

This article is part of our The Spread Offensive series.

I spent all day watching college football Saturday, as you might expect. After the dust settled, I knew the backlash against the SEC would be coming. I watched Michigan State hold off an impressive Oregon squad in a battle of top-10 teams, and I couldn't even enjoy the Oregon Duck doing push-ups for every point that Oregon scored. I knew that the story of the weekend would be the lackluster performance of the mighty SEC. An easy narrative this early in the season. An easy narrative for the media. The reality is much more complicated.

Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start. It was a bad week for the SEC. We thought the Tennessee Volunteers were ready to make the jump to elite status, only to squander a 17-point lead to the Oklahoma Sooners. Auburn played with fire against an FCS opponent, Jacksonville State, ultimately pulling out a 27-20 come-from-behind victory. The Tigers have looked terrible through two games, and my defense of quarterbac

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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