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Monday, October 09, 2006

The week that was College Football

The Wolverines took care of business with their 31-13 victory of MSU, I wasn't too worried about the game and I was proven right, thankfully, but now I'm very worried for these next two weeks which will determine the course of the rest of our season. Reports are that Super Mario is hurt, to what extent we don't know but latest reports are much more encouraging than the early word that it was an ACL tear and gone for the year. If he needs 2-3 weeks I'd rather just rest him up for Indiana to get some rust off of him and then let him go full speed for the Game. We will have to wait and see.

The upset of the season came at Jordan Hare Stadium as Arkansas came into town and upset #2 Auburn 27-10 which puts the Hogs as the frontrunner in the SEC West. I had pegged Auburn as my national championship pick this preseason and now I look like the idiot. Auburn couldn't get it done at home against a true freshman QB, but I expect them to bounce back and beat Florida this week, that's just the nature of the SEC.

The biggest matchup of the SEC week was Florida hosting LSU but it wasn't nearly the game that people expected as LSU imploded with 5 turnovers which is not going to help you win any game much less on the road to a team like Florida. One of the funkiest plays I've ever seen with Tebow and his fake run/jump pass for a TD.

Another key SEC matchup featured Georgia and Tennessee, with the Bulldogs taking the early lead then letting the Volunteers storm back and hang 51 on them, which is shocking considering Georgia was the #1 scoring D in the country coming into the game. It looks like having one QB in Ainge is definitely helping the Vols as is the return of David Cutcliffe as OC.

Speaking of which, Tennessee's win over Cal looks that much more impressive considering the run the Bears are on right now. Coming out with new jerseys, I thought it was Oregon at first when I turned on the game, Cal took it to the Ducks and won going away 45-24 to move themselves up as the #1 contender for USC in the Pac-10. I really think if Cal and Tennessee played again the outcome would be very different right now. The Ducks were unable to get the job done as they have done the previous few weeks but I still believe they are a threat to beat USC as well.

The Trojans have not looked that great the past two weeks squeaking out wins against the Washington schools. They look much more beatable this year than they have in years past and it looks like their competition at the top of the Pac-10 (Cal and Oregon) have gotten stronger. Needing to pull out a fake FG as well as the fast clock against Washington doesn't seem to bode well for the Trojans.

Texas took care of business in the Red River shootout downing the Sooners 28-10. It was a telling sight when Aaron Ross, unlike Adrian Peterson, played until the whistle blew and picked up the backwards pass for a TD while AP just stood there like it was incomplete. Much like Lamont Jordan did for the Raiders yesterday, things like that should not happen, the players should realize those types of plays are close enough that you must jump on the ball just in case the officials don't see it the way that you do.

Clemson came back with a fury against Wake Forest as they entered the 4th quarter down by 14 but then ended up scoring 24 in the 4th to defeat previously unbeaten Wake Forest 27-17. The blocked kick return for a TD by Gaines Adams was very impressive considering his size. Who would've thought we could possibly see a Georgia Tech/Clemson ACC Championship game this year? That's what I'm projecting.

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