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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Week Six in The Land of College Football

Week six is behind us and I can’t say much about this week other than there were a lot of predictable outcomes and teams from the top 10 really just establishing who they are. I guess you could say this was a week where those in contention for the National Championship really had to prove they were for real and it appears that they all are. Trap games? I think not.

A few rivalries were on the slate but none of them will rate in our top games this week. (Sorry Red River fans, that was not even close. OU could have made that look a lot worse. Good thing Texas has that huge TV contract so everyone could see them get beat up this week). A couple of my favorite teams (this year anyway) also got wins this week including Arizona State and Kansas State, while Auburn once again showed their youthful inexperience. What did I tell you last week about Arkansas?


One NFL note, a sad day in football as Al Davis has died at the age of 82. Say what you want about how he ran his franchise but the man was a huge part of how the NFL got to where it is today and was a big part of the civil rights movement in California. He won't be missed by many of the higher ups in the NFL world; but should be.

Anyway, let’s flip a coin, choose sides and get on with this week…

GAMES OF THE WEEK:
#10 Arkansas over #15 Auburn 38-14
I know, I know. Not a great game but It had some great plays in it including a 92 yard run and a stellar performance by Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson who complete 19 straight passes at one point. How did Auburn go from unranked to #15 just by beating South Carolina last week? I was shocked when I saw this week’s rankings. Anyway, Arkansas proved they deserve to be the third best team in the SEC West behind Alabama and LSU and certainly a top 15 team in the nation. Defense looked good, offense looked great and we’ll just have to wait and see how they hold up through the rest of their SEC schedule.

#24 Texas A&M over Texas Tech 45-40
Offense! Offense! Don’t forget Tech came into this game undefeated at 4-0 and were playing at home. However, two blocked field goals by A&M (one returned for a TD in the 3rd quarter) made the difference on the day. Texas Tech as usual threw the ball all over the place and outgained A&M overall but the Aggies just played solid football and “it came down to the special teams.” Also, big thumbs down to the Tech fans for this little nugget: http://espn.go.com/dallas/ncf/story/_/id/7077711/texas-aggies-buses-vandalized-manure-texas-tech-red-raiders-logos

#14 Nebraska over Ohio State 34-27
I like to pick on both of these teams but this game warrants a spot in this week’s top games because of the comeback. OSU led 20-6 at halftime and 27-6 midway through the 3rd. This was Nebraska’s first Big-10 home game and their largest comeback in school history. Now, The Gay-Acorns did lose their starting QB in the 3rd and their offense did nothing after that, but you’ve got to think that a defense can hold a 21-point lead. Wow. Just another shining example of OSU sucking it up. Oh, and congrats Nebraska. (Yes this picture is what an actual Buckeye looks like… gay acorn).

Honorable Mention this week goes to: Georgia over Tennessee 20-12. The Dawgs got destroyed their last two trips to Knoxville but this week picked up a much needed win and got coach Richt his 100th win with the program. Georgia is now 3-1 in the SEC and tied with South Carolina for the East lead. There are still some tough matchups ahead, but with some amazing luck, they might just pull this off despite those two early losses.

UPSETS OF THE WEEK:
Unranked Wake Forrest over #23 Florida State 35-30
Again, this one was hard to call an upset (Wake came in at 3-1 to FSU’s 2-2) and FINALLY we’re going to be able to get FSU out of the top 25. From 5 to out in just a few short weeks. Awesome. Don’t look now Georgia Tech fans but Wake is 3-0 in the ACC and could be making their own appearance in the top 25 before too long. I know, they haven’t played anybody yet, but we’ll see. (They do host Virginia Tech next week and then travel to Clemson late in the year). Wake really just took the momentum in this game to start the second half and for the Seminoles it was too little too late and Wake sealed it when they recovered that onside kick attempt to end it.

PILLOW FIGHT OF THE WEEK:
Western Kentucky over Middle Tennessee 36-33 in DOUBLE OT!!!
EPIC PILLOW FIGHT!!! Western Kentucky earns their first win of the year to go to 1-4 while the loss drops MT to 1-4. I demand a rematch! The SunBelt Conference is just too competitive! Wow. Feathers were-a-flyin’ in this one. What can I say about this game? MT kicked a field goal in the second OT and W. Kentucky scored a touchdown on a RB pass from 7 yards out. The Hilltoppers’ (that’s W. Kentucky btw) running back Bobby Rainey also ran for 146 yards on the day and scored a TD early. Wow. The SunBelt just keeps putting up quality matchups for our Pillow Fights. Where is their network on the TV dial?

BEAT DOWN OF THE WEEK:
Every conference has their whipping boys and the SEC is no exception. So this week I’m calling it a tie between #2 Alabama’s 34-0 win over Vandy and #18 South Carolina’s 54-3 win over Kentucky.

Alabama’s QB A.J. MaCarron tossed 4TDs and went for 237yds on the day while their RB Trent Richardson put up his 5th straight 100 yard rushing performance with 107 yards and a TD.

South Carolina debuted their new offense and QB (see below) in a big bounce back win over Kentucky putting up huge yardage numbers (639). Somehow Marcus Lattimore was held out of the end zone but still managed 102 yards on the ground. Kentucky meanwhile had 96 total yards and committed SIX turnovers.

BIGGEST LOSER:
South Carolina QB Stephen Garcia (You know the guy who’s in his 5th year and has been suspended more times than the entire Miami defensive backfield).
This is either a picture of Garcia drunk again or right after another sack; I’m not sure.

Well well well; The Ol’ Ball Coach Steve Spurrier finally did it. I was wondering how long he would stick with that crapper of a QB after last week’s loss to Auburn which knocked them out of the top 10. This week Spurrier went back to what he’s good at and that’s putting up yards with an efficient QB. Granted it was Kentucky but Sophmore QB Conner Shaw really stepped up and basically ended the Stephen Garcia era at USC. Through 5 games this year Garcia put up these numbers: 61 of 118 (that’s a 51.7% completion rate) for 844 yards and 4TDs to go with his 9INTs which as of last week led all Div-I QBs in the INT category. Now, not to forget, he has rushed for 171yds on 34 attempts (5yd avg.) for 3TDs. But that’s Stephen Garcia. A 50/50 passer meaning he may complete every other throw and he makes a ton of bad decisions. In ONE GAME Conner Shaw went 26/39 for 311yds and 4TDS with 0INTs. He also rushed for 42yds. So, he has as many TDs in one game as Garcia has had in five and he didn’t turn the ball over. What more could that visor wearing mad scientist want? Stephen Garcia had better start packing his bags or pick up a clipboard because barring an injury this is Shaw’s team now. I like Spurrier’s quotes on the day: "It was just time to call some plays and see what happened," Spurrier said. "Gosh, we had over 600 yards,"

Thanks Coach! See ya’ next week!

1 comment:

MAC is wack said...

Gosh, Garcia era is right. That guy seems like he has been quarterbacking for the cocks for the last decade.