Yikes, Ole Miss
I know South Carolina is surprisingly frisky this year, but Mississippi looked dismal on offense on Thursday against the Gamecocks. With the exception of WR Dexter McCluster in the fourth quarter, the Rebels looked like a MAC team, not the advertised Jevan Snead juggernaut that everyone convinced themselves of before the year. Snead, who threw for just 7 of 21 for 107 yards, got nearly half his yards on a coverage breakdown in the fourth quarter, but could not make anything happen on a South Carolina defense that allowed 41 points to Georgia. Snead’s counterpart, QB Stephen Garcia looked very solid and is primed to become the overhyped preseason QB next year.
We are watching the golden era for Virginia Tech football
They are tied for the most consecutive ten win seasons and consistently defy expectations of Miami and Florida State renaissances to remain atop the ACC. If Frank Beamer won the national title in 1999, he would have become the Bobby Bowden of Virginia Tech. He created an unbelievable atmosphere at Lane Stadium and his convincing win over Miami last week made every pundit realize not to turn on Beamerball despite the sexy alternatives every year. Look out for RB Ryan Williams and WR Dyrell Roberts, two playmakers that have pro written all over them.
If there was ever a year for a non-BCS team to make it to the national title it may be 2009
TCU’s defense looked very solid in an under publicized game against Clemson. Houston showed pluck going toe for toe with fellow gimmick offense in Texas Tech. Boise State’s victory against Oregon looks even better after the beat down they laid on #5 California. If TCU can take down BYU, which is still a top 25 team, and Utah, last year’s media darling, they will have a puncher’s chance at the BCS. They might need the SEC to have a Gangs of New York bloodbath with two of the three powers -Alabama, LSU, and Florida- getting two losses, but its still a possibility.
Quick scores you might not have caught on the bottom line
- Ohio State 30, Illinois 0: The ignominious end of the Juice Williams era approaches. Once hyped for so much talent, he never developed into a true passer. Beware, Terrelle Pryor, Beware.
- TCU 14, Clemson 10: TCU knows how to grind out a game when it counts. The Clemson offense looks rough this year.
- USF 17, Florida State 7: USF loves to pull off the early season upset (à la ’07 Auburn, ’08 Kansas) before falling in the meat of their Big East schedule. Noles need QB Christian Ponder to get his mind right for BC.
- Georgia Tech 24, North Carolina 7: Tech stays alive in the tough Coastal division while UNC must wait another year before the Butch Davis Golden Years can begin.
- Stanford 34, Washington 14: You can not move mountains in one year, Steve Sarkisian. Stanford finally played up to its potential and look for them to pull a couple more surprises this year.
- Rutgers 34, Maryland 13: Bye Bye, Ralph Friedgen. Maryland might be worse than Virginia and Duke after losing to a bad Rutgers team.
- NC State 38, Pittsburgh 31: Russell Wilson looked like a world beater for the Wolfpack while Pitt’s offense got the job done as well.
- Notre Dame 24, Purdue 21: If Purdue QB Joey Elliot did not miss his wide open receiver on the last drive, there might have been a bonfire of Charlie Weis’ money ‘Joker-style’ in South Bend. You can officially peg Jimmy Clausen as a clutch college quarterback.
- Arizona 37, Oregon State 32: Nice win for the ‘Cats against a solid Oregon State team. The Pac-10 looks like it can be had for a miracle season of Mike Stoops’ team is up for it.
Some games to look at for this coming week
- LSU vs. Georgia: Georgia looks pretty good after beating South Carolina and Arizona State. LSU still will kill them.
- Georgia Tech vs. Mississippi State: If I were a gambling man, I’d bet Mississippi State hard after it showed it can stop the run against their last two SEC opponents (of course it got trounced by Auburn, but I’m not a gambling man).
- Auburn vs. Tennessee: A chance for two rookie coaches to make their imprint on a tough SEC road test. If Auburn can get by the tough Tennessee defense, they could contend for some serious bowl consideration now that they have a QB in Chris Todd.
- Oklahoma at Miami: I think that Miami is wearing down, but Oklahoma is just warming up.
- USC vs. Cal: USC always has a rough time against Cal and this looks to be no different unless USC gets motivation from the freak accident that happened to RB Stafon Johnson.
- UCLA vs. Stanford: Games like this can be springboards for mediocre teams going to big time bowls.
- Wisconsin vs. Minnesota: Ditto.
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