Just when you think the SEC changed its slogan to "That only means 1 more loss," Bo Nix saved the day – and maybe Gus's job.
There is now no delay on the Bo train.
Not after Nix's latest pursuit – from his 4th and 3rd time to his 26-yard winning dagger to Seth Williams with 9 seconds left, stunning No. 11 Oregon. That was the legend.
A true freshman. First start. Ranked opponent. I'm not sure there is an overreaction that could qualify as such. I'll try it in college.
Here are 10 things I absolutely respond to after Wild Week 1 in and around the SEC.
10. People Walking in Alabama: Oh No!
I don't go overboard with them. They are fine. Hell, they're better than good. All of Bama's backups have arrived in Tuscaloosa as the top 1
Shocking trend, I know. Alabama freshmen are almost always better than freshmen everyone else and are usually better than the seniors in most teams.
So I exaggerate with you, you mighty naysayer and doom translator.
Yes, I lost Dylan Moses and Joshua McMillan hurt. And it would be a killer target for most programs. In 49 countries, this is football. But this is Alabama.
Trevor Lawrence may be able to take advantage of their inexperience, but your quarterback cannot.
9. Trevor Lawrence threw 2 INTs. Overrated, overrated…
I saw a lot of this nonsense on Thursday night on Twitter. As usual, the stupidest opinion of the night comes from the man who shouted to the world that Johnny Manziel would dominate the NFL.
Did Trevor Lawrence blow up Heisman last night? Next @undisputed
– Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 30, 2019
I have no one to blame, except I actually searched for Trevor Lawrence.
I'm too damn old to make such a stupid mistake. Will not be repeated.
Speaking of Lawrence, that was epic. After throwing INT, he delivered TD-saving gear. From the intramural basketball game, I had never seen it so much.
– Kevin Boilard (@ 247KevinBoilard) [Aug192019] 8 . Justin Fields Wins Heisman!
I have not seen people so excited by the first immersion of Zion in the midnight madness.
Fields' performance on Saturday against #CometoTheFAU was as meaningful as an exhibition, but on a serious note, in his first 4 possessions as a bouquet, he showed the skills that almost everyone in Athens had so amped up last year.
Ownership 1: Fields ran for a 51 yard TD in a perfectly read and filled area – Read. We knew he could do that.
Ownership 2: He followed with a 25 yard pass. Not much proof of that.
Ownership 3: He threw a pass to the 32-yard TD
Ownership 4: He threw a 29-yard dash for another TD – setting a career high in the process. Last season, Fields was 27-for-39 for 328 yards and 4 TDs.
It was, dare I say it, more like a Tua-esque.
Fields completed with 4 TD passes and a total of 295 yards.
This guy is gonna make me like Bookie, right?
7. Unless Jacob Ayson does …
Anything you can do, I can do better …
This will be the theme of the Eason season. And Georgia's original horizon didn't need a long 5-star cannon.
By 7-0, Ayson threw a 50-yard laser at the first play of Washington's second possession.
. @ skinnyqb10 with a DIME of 50 yards! 1965
– Pac-12 Network (@ Pac12Network) August 31, 2019
Ayson was grand showing this rifle in the right, showing this rifle in the right made it all the rage 3 years ago. He finished 27-for-36 for 347 yards and 4 TDs.
He will keep Washington in the race for the playoffs and, if he continues to play that way, will participate in the conversation about one of the first QB boards in the NFL draft until 2020
. Long Life Out-of-Season Optimism
We are all passionate about excess. It's hard not to If a football coach can't motivate himself, he's not a football coach for long.
So we buy better schemes, new staff, improved talent, the next wave and pretty soon, we wonder if Mizzou can lose a record QB still winning 10 games. Can Kentucky lose 2 of the best players in program history and actually be better. We learned that Ole Miss lost 4 pass catchers now in the NFL, but RichRod! We know that defense couldn't stop anyone last year, but Mike McIntyre!
Then Week 1 arrives, and the first dose of reality tastes every fear like Pepto-Bismol.
Ole Miss is a long time year.
– Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) August 31, 2019
5. I tried to tell you about South Carolina
Throughout the off-season, I put South Carolina on alert for the first week.
"Crazy" was probably the best reaction I ever got.
There were numerous factors. First, UNC was not nearly as bad as it was from 2 to 9 last year. More than half of the losses were matches with 1 result. This is coaching. Second, they replace Larry Fedora with Mac Brown. This is a major upgrade. And third, I'm not nearly as sold to Jake Bentley as many people are.
Now, it's getting interesting. Bentley threw 2 more interceptions Saturday – after an offseason dedicated to defending football.
Tavien Feaster and Rico Dowdle average over 5 yards per carry. All Bentley had to do was just play well. Not great. Just fine. He barely completed 50 percent of his passes, the most notable omission of South Carolina's last possession when he emailed an open receiver in the end zone.
I've seen enough. Will Muschamp is not He still won't pull the plug and go to Ryan Hilinski. Alabama visits after 2 weeks. This is not fair to a freshman named Lawrence.
But the change is coming.
4. The four playoff teams are …
I just have to go over how ridiculous it is to choose 4 teams after 60 minutes of football. By week 10, let's just act on that understanding, OK.
I won't bury the Pac-12. Washington looked great and Oregon probably had to beat Rud. The ducks were flying. No offense, considering how nasty Rud's defense is.
3. Hey, weren't you the strong SEC?
We have seen worse opening actions.
I should have remembered that. In 2016, the SEC lost 6 non-conference games in Week 1.
However, 4 losses and several close conversations did not set the tone.
The world looks at the SEC differently this year. You can thank Clemson for that.
It's all fun and games, but don't forget that: the 6 SEC teams won on Saturday, OK. The top half of this league, the half that matters, is gone. If Week 1 is any indication, it is stronger than last year.
2. Throwing $ 26.6 Million
Is This Overreaction?
Maybe Gus Malzan can really go 6-6 or 7-5 against that schedule and survive. But he certainly bought some peace of mind on Saturday night.
His quarterback, the man he recruited, chose to start and stay with him, delivered the first of what Auburn hoped for 100 magical moments.
Without using Google as a Cheat code, I'm struggling to come up with a better return on Week One than the one Bo Nicks delivered.
And here: Nix will be the first to say he hasn't even played that well.  1. Rocky Times
I didn't see it coming. I don't know who could.
Georgia has just caused the biggest shock of Week 1 and officially launches the watch during Jeremy Prout's tenure.
Anyone have a Greg Shiano number? What, too soon?
Until next week …