SEC Updates – Week Six
1. South Carolina marked up 639 yards of offense, beating Kentucky 54-3. Connor Shaw threw for four touchdown passed and 311 yards. Kentucky gained only 96 yards (for the game) and threw almost as many interceptions as completions. My favorite back handed comment came from “The Old Ball Coach” Steve Spurrier, saying after the game, “Kentucky has a heck of a punter, I know that.”
2. LSU dominated Florida, 41-11. Florida went into the game without QB John Brantley and then lost Freshman Jeff Driskel. Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey rushed for 52 yards between them (Rainey had the 52 yards). Florida Coach Will Muschamp has a long road ahead him to get this Florida team back into fighting shape.
3. Arkansas ran over the Auburn Tigers on Saturday. Many fans were shock by the blow out because they were expecting a close game, as did Vegas, giving the Razorbacks only a 3 point spread over the Tigers. Arkansas’s Tyler Wilson threw for 226 yards and 19 straight completions. The key play of the game was Joe Adams 92 yard touchdown run that broke the game open midway through the third quarter.
4. Alabama continued their roll, beating Vanderbilt 34-0. Despite the final score, Vandy played Bama tough in the first half, trailing only 14-0. It was only 7-0 late in the second quarter when Alabama scored with 21 seconds left to give them a little breathing room. Three straight TD’s to open the second half squashed all hopes for a close game. Vandy had several opportunities in the first half to stay in the game, but missed two field goals and could not manage a point on four trips inside Bama territory.
5. One of the ugliest games in college football this weekend was the once SEC Powerhouses, Georgia and Tennessee, battling it out in what seemed like a bad mud wrestling fight. Georgia beat the Vols 20-12 in Knoxville, but had many fans clamoring about the lack of discipline as seen with the debacle of four penalties on five plays setting up a 3rd and 57 for the Dawgs. On the other side, Derek Dooley’s orange pants did not inspire his offensive line with the debacle of four penalties on five plays, setting up a 3rd and 57 for the Dawgs. Tennessee matches up with LSU and Alabama next. Sorry all Vol fans for the next blowouts coming to town.
ACC Updates – Week Six
1. Although Clemson’s quarterback, Tajh Boyd, was hurt and taken out of the game against Boston College, the Tigers remain the team to beat in the ACC. Boyd has a slight hip strain, something that could have been avoided if he hadn’t forgotten his hip pad, and is expected to return next week at Maryland. The loss puts BC at 1-5, their worst start to the season since 1991 as they head into their open week.
2. Wake Forest went up in the first half over Florida State and never trailed again. It is the Demon Deacons’ first 3-0 start in conference play. Ever. Wake’s defense forced 5 turnovers, resulting in 17 points, to send the Seminoles on a long trip back to Florida. FSU has dropped out of the top 25 rankings along with the Florida Gators. This is the first time since 1982 that a Florida team has not been in the top 25.
3. The Hokies were down last week with their worst loss since the mid-90s and first time in 105 games at home without a touchdown. But they aren’t out. Logan Thomas led the offense in a great game against Miami that came down to the final seconds after Miami scored a touchdown in 5 of their last 7 possessions. Had the game gone into overtime, it would have been the first ever at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va. VT still has a shot in their division race, but will need road wins next week against Wake and Georgia Tech in November.
4. Georgia Tech remains undefeated, but not with the same offensive showmanship they had in their first 5 games. They beat Maryland 21-16 in a valiant effort by the Terrapin defense, and back up quarterback C.J. Brown, to become the first bowl eligible team of 2011.
5. N.C. State beat Central Michigan, as they should have, in a much-needed win at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC. Heading into their open week, the Wolfpack needs every day of recovery to get healthy heading into the final 6 games of the season – all against ACC opponents with 3 on the road. If the open week can provide time to heal 3 missing defensive lineman and a starting running back, NCSU could become a much more viable post-season candidate in the 2nd half of the season.
Top 5 Tailgating Tips from Saturday: Tennessee vs Georgia
Tailgating Expert: Christie Leigh Mueller
Tennessee has earned themselves a second chapter in my next book! With so much fun had in one weekend in Knoxville, it’s hard to limit myself to 5 items, but these were my favorites. Any SEC fan should be sure to put Neyland Stadium on their bucket list—it’s amazing!
Top 5 Tennessee Tailgate Experiences:
1. Bologna sandwich. I’ve never tasted a tailgate delicatessen so delicious in all of my years touring the SEC. This smoked/grilled/BBQ’d bologna sandwich topped with sweet homemade coleslaw was a gift from the tailgating gods. I’m hoping to get the recipe for the upcoming Gridiron Belles recipe book. Mmmmm!
2. Table at Calhoun’s on the River. Calhoun’s on the river has one heckuva porch for watching games, catching some rays and taking in the impressive sights of the Vol Navy. Go early to get a spot!
3. A boat on the Tennessee River. There is no doubt that tailgating is a wonderful past time. There is also no doubt that when given the opportunity to tailgate on a boat it’s an even more wonderful past time before kickoff. Find a friend with a boat and you’ll be in the middle of an unforgettable SEC experience.
4. Orange tent and shady trees. With the hills of Knoxville comes the shade trees on campus. Pop up your orange tent under some of the beautiful trees on campus and you have a perfect tailgate spot to keep you comfortable and happy for hours on end before heading to see the Vol Walk.
5. Rocky Top Lyrics. The national anthem of all Tennessee football games is Rocky Top. If you don’t know the lyrics before a game, you certainly will afterward. While it’s not an official lyric of the song, the emphatical “Whooo” that comes after “good ole Rocky Top” is a must!