It's time to take a look at the best in the SEC from Week 1:
Many wondered if Denard Robinson
and Michigan's offense could give Alabama's younger defense some fits. That didn't happen. Alabama absolutely smothered Robinson and Michigan's offensive line early before winning 41-14
. Defensive coordinator Kirby Smart game planned the Wolverines and Robinson perfectly, basically taking the potential Heisman candidate out of the game. Michigan got past Alabama's secondary on two deep plays, but the game was out of hand by that time. Senior cornerback Dee Milliner
stepped up the way coach Nick Saban wanted him to. He showed tremendous coverage skills and grabbed one of Alabama's three interceptions.
Connor Shaw, QB, South Carolina:
No, he didn't have even close to spectacular numbers against Vanderbilt, but talk about heart and grit. After suffering a shoulder contusion in the second quarter, Shaw returned in the third with basically half of his right arm attached. He was the ultimate leader, throwing and running with immense pain shooting through his shoulder. He took some more hits along the way and even slammed into the ground at the end of a 12-yard run toward the end zone. He finished the game with 67 passing yards and 92 rushing yards and the Gamecocks won 17-13