SEC Updates – Week Four
1. Alabama dominated Arkansas 38-14. Many thought this would be a much closer game due to Arkansas’s powerful offense. No one expected Bama’s defense to hold that offense to 17 rushing yards the entire game! Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide looked like a pro team playing against the Razorbacks. Alabama matches up with the Florida Gators this coming weekend and most expect a repeat of last week’s domination.
2. LSU proved why they are a National Championship contender, beating West Virginia on the road 47-21. The player of the game was no doubt cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, with six tackles and forcing two turnovers. LSU takes on Kentucky this weekend and the Tigers should have no problem eating up the Wildcats and holding on the AP pollsters #1 position.
3. Houston Nutt at Ole Miss has been rumored to be interviewing for moving companies after the Georgia Bulldogs beat them 27-13. The Rebels only had eight 1st downs, and if you think about the fact you automatically get a 1st down after every kickoff or punt, you wonder what Rebel team was even on the field. Maybe Ole Miss will have better luck with a non-SEC team this week when they match up with Fresno State. Georgia is favored against Mississippi State this weekend, hoping for another SEC win.
4. Mississippi State dodged a bullet in an overtime win over Louisiana Tech. Maybe it was the Cajun heritage that spooked the Mississippi State Bulldogs in this game. They were listless for most of the game and needed a late interception to stop a possible game winning field goal. Chris Relf hit LaDarius Perkins for the game winner in the extra session, or otherwise, you would have had a huge upset on your hands.
5. South Carolina upset Vandy’s 3-0 start to the season with a 21-3 victory over the Doors. South Carolina proved they could beat a strong defense, and Vandy did not look half bad against Steve Spurrier’s Gamecock’s. Spurrier has another issue on his hands, a wildcard of a QB, Stephen Garcia. It felt as if you were watching Bull Durham with a pigskin, with passes going litterally eveywhere! Competing QB Marcus Lattimore will have a chance to prove himself against the Defending National Champions, Auburn this weekend. This should be a good match up and a close game.
ACC Updates – Week Four
1. The NCSU vs Cincinnati game was very disappointing for Wolfpack and ACC fans; the Thursday night matchup was all one-sided for the Bearcats. NC State’s defense went into the game ranked 3rd in the nation with 7 interceptions. Cornerback David Amerson tied for the national lead in interceptions, but the defense was no match for Cincinnati who put 44 points on the board. The lingering question over the Wolfpack season is whether releasing Russell Wilson, now playing for #7 Wisconsin, was the right decision.
2. Clemson’s victory over Florida State makes them the new team to watch in the ACC and the undisputed front runner to win the division. Florida State has not won in Death Valley since 2001 and, the Tigers have knocked off 2 ranked teams in as many weeks. The team was led by first year offensive coordinator, Chad Morris, and sophomore quarterback, Tajh Boyd, who had 344 yards on 23 of 27 passing and 3 touchdowns.
3. Georgia Tech broke an NCAA record for rushing yards per attempt, broke an ACC record for net rushing yards, and broke a school record for total offense in last week’s win over Kansas. They went into Saturday’s game against UNC leading the nation in scoring offense, total offense, and rushing offense. The Yellow Jackets’ success continues through this week with 496 yards total against the Tarheels and they start the season 4-0 for the first time since 1990.
4. Miami and Maryland both experienced very disappointing losses this week against Kansas State and Temple. Maryland opened the season with a win over Miami and Miami went on to defeat Ohio State. However, neither team brought any of that momentum into their Saturday games. Maryland only scored 7 points in a final score of 38-7 against Temple and Miami couldn’t score from 2 yards out with the game on the line to fall to Kansas State 28-24.
5. The Duke Blue Devils looked good in their 48-27 win against Tulane and have now put together back-to-back wins. Duke’s defense, which had gone five quarters without allowing a touchdown, appears to be significantly improving and the offense is doing well under quarterback Sean Renfree as they had to Florida International this week.
Top 5 Tailgating Tips from Saturday: Florida v Kentucky
Tailgating Expert: Christie Leigh Mueller
There is something to be said about tailgating in a parking lot.
Fortunate to have friends with a pass in the Red lot, Gridiron Belles was able to set up shop 4 cars away from the entrance to Commonwealth Stadium. Of course, the short walk into our seats was a huge plus, but what I learned to appreciate more was the ability to pack our car full of tables, platters, delicacies, chairs and people and unload right at our spot. No lugging from miles away. No drop off and pick up systems. No glistening from manual labor in a sundress. Could this be my new favorite way to tailgate?
It could be possible that I am slightly biased toward my old Kentucky Home, but after an afternoon relaxing with CAT fans I’m realizing it may not be all bad to be a Kentucky fan. Unless of course, you like winning.
Top 5 must haves for a Kentucky Tailgate:
-Parking spot in the Blue or Red Lot
-Ale 8 ( A Kentucky brewed ginerale)
-Bourbon Brownies (KY people will put bourbon in anything)
– A bright blue “CATS” t-shirt (Unless you’re with the fraternities and then a dress is required)
– Hope… hope that basketball season will hurry up and get here!
Which game are you looking forward to the most this Saturday?