Other than No. 17 Mississippi State at No. 11 Georgia, it was supposed to be a fairly routine Saturday in the SEC. It was anything but. And in the process we learned a whole lot about the conference. Specifically:

 

YOU DON’T TUG ON SUPERMAN’S CAPE

Vanderbilt was feeling pretty good about itself after upsetting Kansas State (14-7) on Sept. 16.  So a student-athlete for said Commodores enjoyed his post-game celebration by looking into a television camera and saying, with no reservations:

“Alabama, you’re next.”

Alabama (4-0), the nation’s No. 1 team, was already a little bit grumpy after giving up 391 yards and 22 first downs to Colorado State. Winning, you see, is never enough in Nick Saban’s program. His teams play to a standard.  So the Alabama coach challenged his players to meet that standard for a full 60 minutes on the road against Vanderbilt, which had given up only 13 points in three games.

The final from Nashville: Alabama 59, Vanderbilt 0.

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