SEC Updates – Week Five
1. The visor Flew this weekend when Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks could not pull out a win against the Defending National Champions – the Auburn Tigers. It was a close game in Columbia until Auburn picked apart Quarterback Stephen Garcia. The final score on this game was 16-13, Auburn.
2. Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt still has a job after beating Mississippi State 24-10. It was a nice win for the Dawgs, who got fired up after feeling that MSU players were stomping on their midfield logo during pregame warm-ups. Georgia matches up with Tennessee this weekend in an always hard fought game in Knoxville.
3. The Crimson Tide rolled over the Florida Gators on Saturday in “The Swamp.” Florida Fans were geared up when Florida got ahead early with a touchdown against Bama. However, then the Tide started rolling and finished 38-10 over the Gators.
4. The Arkansas Razorbacks welcomed the newest SEC member, Texas A&M, into the conference with a little southern hospitality. They allowed the new kids to gain an 18 point halftime lead. Arkansas then refocused and scored 25 second-half points to come up with a 42-38 victory. This was A&M’s seventh straight loss to an SEC team. Maybe the Aggies will have better luck next year!
5. The University of Tennessee had a “rest” this weekend, matching up with Buffalo. Tyler Bray shined, marching his Vols to a 41-10 Victory over Buffalo. The true test comes this weekend against the Georigia Bulldogs in Knoxville, without star reciever Justin Hunter.
ACC Updates – Week Five
1. Clemson has proven again this week that the Tigers are not only an ACC championship contender, but maybe a national title contender. They went into Blacksburg and only allowed a field goal for the Hokies in a 23-3 one sided victory. Clemson’s most challenging game remaining looks to be against their in-state rivals South Carolina to finish the season in Columbia.
2. In Raleigh, NC State’s 4th quarter efforts turned out to be too little, too late against Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets remain unbeaten. GT moves up eight spots in the AP and coaches’ polls, benefitting from eight higher-ranked teams losing, and is 5-0 for the first time since 1990.
3. In a close 31-27 win over Florida International, the Duke Blue Devils make it three straight heading into their open week. Quarterback Sean Renfree threw for 335 yards in the game and a redshirt freshman defensive end forced a fumble for a touchdown return in the last few minutes of the game. This helped the Blue Devils overcome a 10 point deficit in the 4th quarter.
4. UNC continued their success at East Carolina with a nice win for the Tarheels under interim head coach and staff. If Carolina can keep winning, it will beg the question of whether or not they should hire Withers full time. He certainly doesn’t have big shoes to fill with the academic integrity of the program.
5. Russell Wilson is looking to become the first NC State graduate to win a Heisman trophy. Unfortunately, it would be with Wisconsin of the Big 10. They dominated Nebraska on the field Saturday and Wolfpack fans are missing their quarterback more and more every week. If Wisconsin’s season stays on it’s current path, Wilson will be sitting with Stanford’s Andrew Luck at the Heisman trophy ceremony and may be the first to win after becoming a 5th year senior transfer.
Top 5 Tailgating Tips from Saturday: South Carolina v Auburn
Tailgating Expert: Christie Leigh Mueller
Perhaps I didn’t give South Carolina and their tailgating abilities enough credit before. As the polls and rankings shift in the world of football competition, so do the rankings of Gridiron Belles tailgate stadiums. South Carolina has sky rocketed to the top 5 of the Gridiron Belles tailgate rankings after Gamecock fans showed Gridiron Belles and Swoozies countless impressive parking lot parties and well clad Belles!
Must haves for South Carolina Tailgates:
1. Garnet and Black. It’s a must. Red no longer cuts it; garnet is in a league of it’s own and can be easily found at LaRoque, just a few blocks off campus.
2. Koozies. It’s a good thing we brought lots of garnet colored koozies because South Carolina fans compete for the best koozies and were happy to help empty our stash.
3. A spot at the Fair Grounds. Thousands of Gamecock faithful rally around delicious snacks and socializing at the Fair Grounds parking lots before flooding Williams Brice stadium.
4. Endurance. South Carolina fans are loud the entire game. Despite the ups and downs and ultimate loss to the Auburn Tigers, the Gamecock Nation was lively and ever so spirited down to the last second of the game… that never actually got played.