SEC Updates – Week Nine
1. Vanderbilt could not pull out another close SEC Game. Vandy outplayed the much-favored Arkansas Razorbacks for the majority of the game, going into the fourth quarter with an eight point advantage. Then everything fell apart after Vandy fumbled on the 3 yard line and Arkansas Jerry Franklin recovered the ball and ran for a 96 yard touchdown, to be followed up by a 2 point conversion. Vandy still leading could not complete a series, which led to a 27 yard field goal by Arkansas to win the game 31-28. This reminded fans of the still-maddening Georgia game earlier this season. Vandy is going to have to be able to finish these games in order to have any respect as a real threat.
2. Georgia found a way to beat Florida, which means coach Mark Richt will not have to pack those moving boxes just yet. Both teams looked very amateur. Florida only rushed for 19 on the day. Georgia gave up a kick return for a touchdown, missed two field goals, and had turned the ball over when a pass hit a Georgia player’s helmet and was intercepted. There was a rumor that GA Coach Richt even had the players singing Rocky Top in the locker room after the game in hopes of a Vols win over South Carolina, which would have put them in first place in the SEC East. Final score Georgia 24 – Florida 20.
3. Ole Miss fell for the eleventh straight time to an SEC school on Saturday night. Ole Miss started out with a semi strong first half but the half-time speak surly had no impact. Auburn scored 24 straight points. Auburn rolled over the Rebels 41-23.
4. South Carolina came away with only their second victory ever in Knoxville, beating the Vols 14-3. With South Carolina’s QB Marcus Lattimore out for the season, replacement Brandon Wilds led the team. He gained 137 yards and was the leader during a drive that went 20 plays, covered 98 yards, and lasted 11:35. This was a cold night in Knoxville and the fans are still shivering.
5. The biggest game of “the century,” as many people are calling it, is this Saturday when #1 ranked LSU travels to Tuscaloosa, AL to face the #2 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. This should be a game for the ages; a square off for the SEC West title and possibly the National Championship. When polling fans, Bama seems to be the clear pick here since they have the home field advantage, but many think LSU is due and will continue the winning streak. Everyone in the SEC must pick a side!
ACC Updates – Week Nine
1. Clemson lost to Georgia Tech, ruining their undefeated season and a shot at the National Championship. They certainly weren’t playing at a National Champ calibre on Saturday; the game was all Georgia Tech from the beginning. GT still has a shot at the ACC championship game if they can knock off VT in a Thursday night matchup in Atlanta on November 10th.
2. It wasn’t pretty, but VT edged out Duke – even with a scoreless second half. The Blue Devils had several chances to pull of an upset at home, but couldn’t overcome 4 turnovers, adding another loss to their streak. The Hokies have a buy week to prepare for the potential ACC championship-deciding game on the road.
3. UVA recovered from their loss to NC State on the road at Miami Thursday night and beat the Hurricanes 28-21. The Cavaliers proved that they’re worthy of a bowl appearance with 4 tough ACC games remaining. They head to Maryland this week and host Duke the following week. The Blue Devils certainly can’t be overlooked by anyone, especially Miami this coming week.
4. NCSU was shut out by FSU in Tallahassee, with a dismal performance by the Wolfpack, as they head home to face the Tarheels this week. Woflpack fans hope that the Tarheels will bring a cleaner game than they have the past and will be playing for their 5th straight win over the in-state rival. Check out this highlight from last year at the :35 second mark.
5. UNC defeated Wake Forest at home in a diappointing performance by the mistake-ridden Demon Deacons, with 5 turnovers resulting in 28 points. Wake faces Notre Dame and Clemson over the next 2 weeks and will need to be more discipline than they were leading into this past week.
Top Tailgating Tips from Saturday: Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas
Tailgating Expert: Christie Leigh Mueller
A lazy morning does not guarantee a slow morning! The tailgating at Vanderbilt was a little slower than usual this weekend in Nashville for the Vandy v Arkansas game, but it did not deter the Commodores to hold back their speed and tenacity on the field.
What you need at a Vandy Tailgate:
1. Coffee! To help lure the Vandy game day goers, copious amounts of Joe are a necessity for an early game.
2. Easy outfits. Many Belles tend to have a plethora of black shirts and dresses in their closets. Teamed with a stylish gold necklace, you’re set for a full day of football fun in the Music city.
3. Location, location, location. Vanderbilt football fans have some of the most conveniently-located tailgating spots in the SEC. With parking lots strategically placed near VandyVille, having a full tailgate spread up in no time is as easy as getting dressed.
4. Visiting fans come in droves. Thanks to the centrally located SEC school, every Vanderbilt game tends to attract lots of visiting fans. This week, there were lots of Arkansas Belles dressed up for an exciting game!