Thoughts on the Start of College Football

Barrett Trotter's anointment as starting quarterback was hardly a surprise last week. The redshirt junior continues to receive high marks from those inside Auburn football. Speaking with someone who's seen more than a few practices this year, it was maturity and comfort in Gus Malzahn's system that proved to be the difference. That said, the battle with Clint Moseley was a draw, with experience winning out - barely.

Don't be surprised to see three freshmen start on the offensive line in Auburn's opener against Utah State. Word on the inside is that Greg Robinson, Christian Westerman and Reese Dismukes have better than average chances of having their name called by the public address announcer when starting lineups are announced.

I have to say I thought it was a joke. When pictures began appearing over the weekend of Georgia's "new" uniforms for the season opener against Boise State, I thought a new Arena Football team had come to town. For a team that prides itself on tradition, these uniforms sure make them look like upstarts.

I can't imagine why any traditional power would embarrass itself by pushing tradition aside and going with a look that can only be described as ugly. Thank you to Jay Jacobs and Gene Chizik for not tinkering with tradition. We can all handle slight modifications; but promise us we'll never have to endure what Georgia fans will see on September 3rd.

While this is still a developing story, you may want to reconsider LSU as your pick in the SEC West. The altercation that four LSU players were involved in early Friday morning in Baton Rouge now appears to be much worse than first reported.

Auburn Undercover senior editor Phillip Marshall is reporting that quarterback Jordan Jefferson could be charged as early as today with two felony assault counts. If so, that would likely end his college career.  

I wonder if Carolina Panther quarterback Jimmy Clausen will give up his number two jersey number now that Cam Newton is number one? I'm not holding my breath.

Why is it that every time ESPN makes reference to teams under NCAA investigation, they mention Auburn? Did I miss the official letter or inquiry from the NCAA? And why is Miss State's name never mentioned?

Last week was a bad one for Mullet Nation. First, their boy Danny Sheridan was outed as just another blow hard and then word came that two of their assistant coaches may have been involved (while at Miami) in the biggest scandal to hit college football since SMU back in the 1980's. By the way, why are state reporters not asking more questions? Hmmm.

I've never been one to watch Michigan football, but I'm looking forward to seeing what former Auburn offensive coordinator Al Borges can do with the Wolverines. He remains one of my all-time favorite coaches. He poured himself into the community during his time on the Plains. I'll always pull for him.

I'll stop short of picking Arkansas to win the SEC West, but something tells me they are going to have a big year despite the loss of running back Knile Davis.

How high will the heat be turned up on Georgia coach Mark Richt if his team drops its first two games against Boise State and South Carolina?

What is it about Tennessee coach Derek Dooley that's so annoying? I can't put my finger on it.

I wonder if new Florida coach Will Muschamp feels any additional pressure considering what Gene Chizik has done at Auburn over his first two seasons. Both have taken similar paths and now Muschamp will be expected to win quickly.

Many people around college football like to say the NCAA will never hand down the death penalty again. I'm not so sure. If these infractions at Miami prove to be true, I think there's a strong likelihood the program will be shut down for a time. Don't forget, Alabama was given strong consideration several years ago.

I really hope Auburn will consider playing Troy in the coming years. I know there are plenty of reasons not to, but it sure would be entertaining for the fans. Would it really hurt anything?

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