The tweets started reaching my mentions page by midafternoon, continuing as the losses to the SEC's top half piled up. It was a steady flow of vitriol, a sort of happiness rooted in residual scorn.
The South has enjoyed plenty of Saturdays. Week 8, for the most part, was not one of them. This one was for the rest of the country -- at least those who are into schadenfreude.
Five of the SEC's eight ranked teams (Nos. 6, 7, 11, 15 and 22) lost, with three of those losses coming against unranked teams. With each defeat, the SEC saw its conference and national title contenders fade. Florida. South Carolina. Georgia. Texas A&M. LSU. All knocked off, all knocked out.
We wake up on Oct. 20, and the SEC is suddenly a 1.5-team league: Alabama and maybe Missouri. That’s my top takeaway from Week 8. Others include Jameis Winston’s move on the Heisman Trophy, how Stanford bounced back from a loss and how still-undefeated Baylor bounced back after “only” scoring 35.
1. The SEC's BCS title odds have taken a big hit
I love what Missouri has done so far this season. As I noted in Friday’s blog, several coaches I've spoken with appreciate the Tigers' talent, which was again on display in their 36-17 win over Florida on Saturday. But there's no question that Alabama is toting the banner for the conference.