We’re six weeks into college football season, the weather is cooling and the competition is heating up! Our Swoozie’s College Football Correspondents weigh in on the weekends best wins and biggest upsets. See what our ladies have to say, and weigh in for yourself!
ACC Updates – Week 6
1. Florida State shut out NC State in the first half of the game in Raleigh but NC State shut out the Seminoles in the second half, scoring 17 unanswered points en route to an upset victory over the #3 Seminoles. Wolfpack quarterback, Mike Glennon, completed three fourth-down passes in a drive that ended in a touchdown to tie the game and take the lead with the point after. The last 6 times ranked Florida State has played at unranked NC State, the Wolfpack have won 5 out of the 6, including Saturday night, and likely spoiling the Noles’ chances at a BCS championship game, maybe even an ACC championship game.
2. Duke’s backup quarterback, Anthony Boone, picked apart Virginia’s secondary and Duke improved to 5-1, its best start since 1994. The Blue Devils are now a win away from bowl eligibility for the first time since that same season and no. 2 in the Coastal Division standings behind Miami. Duke is 2-0 in ACC play heading into Blacksburg and the Hokies shouldn’t look past the Blue Devils just yet.
3. UNC is playing the role of spoiler this season, starting with Virginia Tech this week in Chapel Hill. The Tarheels are ineligible for post-season games, including the ACC Championship, so their conference wins only serve as a spoiler to their opponents. The Hokies may also be concerned about their post-season play because, with Clemson, Miami and Florida State still on the schedule, it’s not going to be easy.
4. Clemson was 8-0 last year when they were upset by the Yellow Jackets and this year, the #15-ranked Tigers held on to a 47-31 win. Georgia Tech gave Clemson a run for their money, but the Ga. Tech defense couldn’t stop them in the end. That might have been Clemson’s toughest test remaining on the schedule. The Tigers’ success is good for the ACC, as the league needs to keep its 2 ranked teams ranked in order to stand a chance at 2 BCS bowl bids.
5. The Deacs were without six suspended players, including four starters and top offensive playmaker, injured Michael Campanaro, and Maryland sneak out a 19-14 win over Wake Forest. Maryland’s Stefon Diggs had a 63-yard play to set up the game winner and the Terps have already surpassed last season’s win total.
SEC Updates – Week 6
1. Arkansas had its first SEC win of the year over the weekend, defeating Auburn 24-7. The Auburn offense struggled throughout the game, scoring once in the third quarter when Auburn put backup quarterback Clint Mosley in the game. Mosley threw for a 21-yard touchdown but then threw two interceptions in the end zone in the fourth quarter. The Razorback defense forced eight sacks and five turnovers in the win, and quarterback Tyler Wilson threw for 216 yards. The Tigers are now 0-3 in SEC play and 1-4 overall.
2. Mississippi State traveled to Lexington, KY to take on take on the Kentucky Wildcats. The Bulldogs dominated the Wildcats on both sides of the ball, holding Kentucky to 228 yards on offense and quarterback Tyler Russell passed for 269 yards and 2 touchdowns. Kentucky could not stop the Bulldog offense, and in the end Mississippi State came away with a 27-14 victory over Kentucky. Mississippi State is now 5-0 for the first time since 1999.
3. It was the first of two games over the weekend featuring top 10 SEC teams as #3 LSU took on #10 Florida in the Swamp in Gainesville, FL. Both defenses dominated the first half as LSU only scored on two field goals and held the Gators scoreless by halftime. The Gator’s established the running game as running back Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns in the second half and 146 total yards. LSU would not score again after halftime as Florida shut down LSU’s offense in the second half, beating the Tigers 14-6. Florida was ranked #4 in the AP Poll after the win and the Tigers dropped to #9.
4. In the second game of top 10 ranked opponents, #5 Georgia played #6 South Carolina in Columbia, SC Saturday night. South Carolina dominated the Bulldogs, scoring on their first drive and scoring again after Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw an interception. Georgia could not get anything going offensively, and the Gamecocks scored on a 70-yard punt return by Ace Sanders, leading the Bulldogs 21-0 at halftime. The Gamecock defense took over the rest of the game, holding Georgia’s freshmen running back duo Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall to just 79 yards combined to win the game, defeating Georgia 35-7. After the loss, Georgia dropped to #14 in the AP Poll and South Carolina rose two spots to #3. The Gamecocks travel to Baton Rouge to take on LSU next weekend.
5. SEC newcomer Missouri lost to Vanderbilt in Columbia, MO. Vanderbilt scored a safety on a Mizzou punt attempt that bobbled out of the end zone and Vandy running back Zac Stacy ran for a touchdown to lead Mizzou 9-6 at halftime. The game was tied 9-9 after a Mizzou field goal in the third quarter, but Vandy proved to be too much for Mizzou, winning 19-15. SEC West newcomer Texas A&M fared better over the weekend, beating Ole Miss 30-27. The Ole Miss Rebels were up 27-17 in the fourth quarter, but A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel passed for 2 touchdowns late in the fourth quarter to win the game 30-27.