Quarterbacks will be praised and coaches will be questioned on The Paul Finebaum Show entering Week 13, but all attention will be on the Iron Bowl.
Coaching critiques and quarterback narratives will be on display on The Paul Finebaum Show.
With six of the seven SEC games able to be played on Saturday, we were fortunate to be able to double our southeastern football dosage from the week prior. Alabama destroyed Kentucky, Tennessee is in total free fall and Georgia might have a quarterback finally. So if you were not prepared for The Paul Finebaum Show already, get ready for yet another wild Monday.
Here is what The Paul Finebaum Show callers will be talking about Monday
5. SEC officials do not care for the Arkansas Razorbacks at all.
This is twice now where the Arkansas Razorbacks were hosed by SEC officials. A targeting call on Jalen Catalon allowed the LSU Tigers to march down the field and score the game-winning touchdown in Fayetteville. The Hogs may have had a potential, game-tying field goal blocked, but if you leave the game in the hands of the officials, you are going to lose if you are Arkansas.
No, this targeting call was not as egregious as the Bo Nix fake spike that helped propel the Auburn Tigers to victory a few weeks ago. However, we are looking at Sam Pittman’s team with a 3-5 record and they are this close to being the inverse of that. Arkansas is much improved over a season ago, but a lot will get lost in their overall record in time due to questionable officiating.
4. If Kyle Trask does not win the Heisman, something will have gone wrong.
Saturday was not even a truly outstanding day for Kyle Trask quarterbacking the Florida Gators, but he put up points and stats on the Vanderbilt Commodores defense to ensure us all he is the runaway favorite to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy. As long as the Gators keep winning, he will be the fourth Florida signal-caller to bring the Heisman back to Gainesville. He should pull it off.
The only thing that can prevent Trask from winning the Heisman is an injury or a terrible performance in the SEC Championship game vs. Alabama. The odds are whoever wins that title bout will see their starting quarterback win the Heisman. Unfortunately, Trask does not play for the better team, so maybe Mac Jones will steal it out from under him? Then again, Trask has got this.
3. I’m not saying it’s worse than Butch Jones, but Jeremy Pruitt is worse than Butch Jones.
Rocky Top, how you doing? Man, has it been an unmitigated disaster for the Tennessee Volunteers of late. After getting off to a 2-0 start, the Vols have dropped five games in a row to find themselves near the bottom of the SEC East standings. Only Vanderbilt is definitely worse than the Vols this season. How sure are we that Jeremy Pruitt even survives the season in Knoxville?
To say this year has been as bad as the worst years of Butch Jones or Derek Dooley might be pushing it. Then again, this was a season where Tennessee was expected to challenge Florida and Georgia in the division. Now, the gap could not be wider than it is right now between the upper crust of the SEC East and where Tennessee finds itself. Is it ever going to get any better for them?
2. Georgia finally has a quarterback.
Even though the Georgia Bulldogs are not contending for anything this season, the Dawgs have themselves a quarterback by the name of JT Daniels. In truth, we all had a feeling he would be pretty good for Georgia. He threw for over 400 yards in his first career start at UGA. However, why in the hell did it take this long for him to get the nod over Stetson Bennett IV or D’Wan Mathis?
Obviously, Daniels was working his way back from a torn ACL suffering in Week 1 last season. This may have everything to do with him being medically cleared to play for the first time, but had he been healthy enough to play, then why was he holding a clipboard on the sidelines? Dawg Nation has been starved for a vertical passing game. It cannot wait for its favorite season: The next one.
1. It’s Iron Bowl week and that is the only thing that matters.
This weekend might be a little different than in years past, but it is still about pure undeniable college football hatred in the Yellowhammer State. We are talking about the Iron Bowl. Alabama vs. Auburn, PAWL?! It is going to be the greatest Iron Bowl since last season. And you know what? Nix and Auburn won down on The Plains to make sure Alabama did not make the playoff.
Even though the game will be in Tuscaloosa this year, Auburn is looking to play spoiler and try to ruin Alabama’s perfect season. If the Crimson Tide drop this one and do not beat the Gators in Atlanta, that is back-to-back years of no playoff games for Alabama, which for War Eagle Nation is just as good as almost winning a national championship. Get ready for the crazies to come out.
So what ties these five potential Finebaum talking points together this week? The undeniable. Alabama is ridiculously good and so is Trask. Tennessee is falling apart and so do SEC officials when they are working an Arkansas game. And if you have a five-star quarterback on your roster who can sling it, let the dude sling it! The Paul Finebaum Show is about to be off the hook.
Expect the train to go fully off the rails on Monday afternoon on The SEC Network.