1. Georgia may have changed back to classic uniforms, but this did not help the outcome of their game. Though the Bulldogs fought a good fight, it was not enough to pick off Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks. Many Georgia fans were overheard this weekend demanding for Mark Richt’s head. Will he make it through the season?
2. Speaking of outfit choices again this week, Derek Dooley seems to be starting a pattern as we saw the “Big Orange” Pants again this weekend and they seem to be working for him and the Vols! UT QB, Tyler Bray passed for 405 yards to stomp the Cincinnati Bearcats 45-23. And by the way, what exactly is a “bearcat?” Is that like a “Liger” (for you Napoleon Dynamite fans out there)? Volunteer fans seem to be breathing a sigh of relief that the Vols are better than expected at this point of the season. It will be interesting to see how the Vols hold up when they finally start playing SEC teams. UT matches up against long time rival Florida in the Swamp in Gainesville this weekend. Will the Orange pants make a comeback…
3. The defending National Champs, Auburn, proved they can still play with the SEC even after losing 25 players from last year’s team. The Tigers tackled Mississippi State 41-34 in a classic shootout that came down to the last play of the game. Auburn pulled off another miracle with a Goal Line Stand to stop State from driving in the end-zone. Auburn is going to have to work on not relying on miracle plays if they want to stand up to powerhouses such as Bama and LSU, but a good win for the Tigers. Less Cow Bell!
4. Another impressive SEC win this weekend were the Vanderbilt Commodores rallying back from a 21-14 deficit against UCONN to win 24-21. This is the first time since 2008 that the Doors have started out with a 2-0 season. Vandy matches up with Hotty Toddy Ole Miss this weekend with the Nashville home field advantage, Doors have a real shot to go 3-0.
5. Alabama proved to still be the “team to beat” in the SEC this weekend. The Crimson Tide rolled over the Penn State Nittany Lions 27-11. Bama’s Defense was impressive and QB AJ McCarron went 19-31, so it appears Nick Saban can safely settle on a QB.
1. Florida State still sits at the top of conference as the team heavily favored to win the championship in Charlotte in December, although they have yet to face an opponent to challenge them, beating Charleston Southern 62-10 on Saturday. That will certainly not be the case against Oklahoma this week, probably the toughest matchup for the Seminoles all season.
2. Clemson and Virginia Tech both struggled against their non-conference opponents, Wofford and East Carolina respectively. However, both remain unbeaten after the 2nd week of the season. Virginia Tech quarterback, Logan Thomas, (previously deemed the player to watch) struggled against the Pirates, but still has a couple weeks to get his A-game together for conference play – the Hokies play Arkansas State and Marshall in the next 2 weeks.
3. Tanner Price at Wake Forest could be a rising star in the ACC, his offense was unstoppable against the NC State defense on Saturday in Winston-Salem. The closing line on the game was 1 ½ points and the post-game statistics are equally split, however the Wolfpack were handed their first conference loss and will face an uphill battle to the conference championship game.
4. Although the Duke Blue Devils gave #6 ranked Stanford a bit of a surprise in the first half and were in a position to be leading at the half, Heisman candidate Andrew Luck took over and beat the Blue Devils 44-14 in Durham. I dare say though, that Duke may not have the most disappointing season out-look at this point, as Boston College was beat handily by Central Florida. These 2 teams meet at BC on Saturday with two of the worst scoring offenses in the country and probably Duke’s best chance at a conference win all season.
5. With the turmoil of teams switching conferences on forefront of the national college athletics stage (Texas A&M moving to the SEC, leaving the Big 12’s future in question), ACC presidents are debating whether or not to raise the cost of buying out of the conference. The way the contracts are currently written it would cost a school between $10 and $13 million to buyout, and raising that cost would incentivize the schools to honor there conference membership and keep the ACC in tact.
Top 5 Tailgating Tips from Saturday: Auburn v Mississippi State
Tailgating Expert: Christie Leigh Mueller
1. Manners matter. The Auburn fans on the Plains are extremely well mannered; you would think you were going to a (very) large party at someone’s home versus one of the greatest games ever played in Jordan-Hare stadium. Auburn fans are a classy bunch as they tailgate and cheer on their team!
2. Breakfast club. Who doesn’t love cupcakes for breakfast? This tailgate was set up early before the 11am kickoff with beautiful cupcakes platters and Auburn Belles.
3. Fresh lemonade. A freshly squeezed lemonade from Toomer’s Corner is the perfect treat to indulge in while trying to cool off from the Southern sun!
4. We’re all patriots. Whether you cried “war eagle” or brought “more cowbell” there wasn’t a dry eye in the stadium as Auburn’s band and award winning choir performed “God Bless America” while an American flag covered the field. For those 5 minutes, we were all on one team.
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