Not once during the broadcast did Verne (Lundquist) or Gary (Danielson) dare mention that D-E-F-E-N-S-E is what sets the SEC apart from all other leagues.
The cue usually comes from a producer in the CBS truck right after they flash a wacky Pac-12 score on the screen.
"Boy," Gary might say. "That's a score we wouldn't recognize in this league."
Except it was that kind of ping-pong score Saturday in College Station when Alabama defeated Texas A&M, 49-42.
It was a terrific game and grand theater, but good tackling was nowhere to be found.
Alabama, the top defense in college football over the last few years, gave up a school-record 628 yards. The Crimson Tide countered with 568 yards of its own, for a grand total of 1,196.
In the old days, when the Western Athletic Conference played football, those were called "WAC" numbers.
The 42 points were the most given up by an Alabama team coached by Nick Saban.
The schools each earned 31 first downs as they free-range raced and roamed up and down the field.
To give you some perspective, Texas Coach Mack Brown had to fire his defensive coordinator after the Longhorns yielded 550 rushing yards last week to Brigham Young.
Alabama runners averaged 6.3 yards per carry and Texas A&M runners averaged 5.1.
The SEC is better, everybody says, because its teams dominate defensively, especially on the line of scrimmage.
Saturday, though, Alabama, Texas A&M and Tennessee gave up a combined 150 points and 1,883 yards.
The SEC defense that stood out, shockingly, was Kentucky's as the Wildcats gave up "only" 27 points to high-octane Louisville.
Saturday's game in College Station will do little to affect the stature of either team or the SEC.
Alabama will keep its stranglehold on No.1 and No. 6 Texas A&M won't fall that far with a loss to the two-time defending champions.
The SEC is great because it's great but also because it knows how to adjust the narrative as the season goes along.
There, Alabama and Texas A&M made their points, and we made ours.