The Fall weather is cooling off but the college football competition is heating up! Our ACC and SEC correspondents weigh in – let’s see what these in-the-know ladies have to say!
ACC Correspondent – Week 8
- The big news in the ACC is Duke’s 33-30 win over rival UNC and achieving bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994. With the victory they also took the lead in the Coastal division race at 6-2 on the season. Duke’s quarterback, Sean Renfree, was named ACC offensive player of the week after leading the team on a game-winning drive that resulted in a touchdown with 13 seconds left in the game to take the lead.
- NC State coach Tom O’Brien snapped a 13-game road losing streak against Atlantic Division opponents with a 20-18 win at Maryland on Saturday. The win wasn’t pretty and didn’t come easily for NC State, they took the lead with a little more than 1 minute remaining in the game but only held on as Maryland missed a field goal attempt as time expired. The Wolfpack can control the ACC race, but will likely have to beat rival UNC in Chapel Hill this weekend.3. Clemson finally got a strong defensive performance and forced four turnovers in a 38-17 win over Virginia Tech. The defense allowed a season-low in points to an FBS team and had three interceptions, but the Tigers have a quick turnaround, with a game against Wake Forest on Thursday night.
4. The Seminoles got off to a slow start against Miami and overcame 12 penalties and five fumbles, two of which were lost, to beat the Canes 33-20. They’ll face a bowl-eligible Duke team this weekend and are looking for their third straight win.
5. It’s too bad Duke doesn’t play NC State, because then we could really settle who the best team in the state of North Carolina is this year. The ACC race remains very unclear as we head into Week 9, but the league’s two ranked teams have held their ground the entire season. Despite Florida State’s loss to NC State, they are holding strong at the top spot, but the Atlantic Division race is still wide open as four teams (including FSU) have one league loss each. The Coastal Division race is a jumbled mess, as Virginia Tech and Miami both lost again, and could still win the division.
SEC Correspondent – Week 8
- Texas A&M was introduced to LSU’s SEC caliber defense in LSU’s 24-19 win over A&M. It was not easy at first for the Tigers, who trailed the Aggies 12-0 until the second quarter. However, LSU then scored 24 unanswered points. Seven of those points were scored on a 47-yard touchdown thanks to LSU running back Jeremy Hill. The Tigers easily contained Aggie dual threat quarterback Johnny Manziel, however A&M put up a good fight and proved that they can compete in the SEC.
- Alabama continued their SEC dominance in their 44-13 win over rival Tennessee. Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron threw for a career high 306 yards and four touchdowns in the win. This is Tennessee’s 11th SEC loss out of 12 SEC games since head coach Derek Dooley took over in 2010.
- It was SEC East showdown in Gainesville on Saturday night between Florida and South Carolina. The Gators scored first and continued their domination throughout the game, beating the Gamecocks 44-11. South Carolina’s running back Marcus Lattimore was unable to start due to injuries, and the Gamecock offense was shut down by the Gators. Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel threw for 4 touchdowns and put the Gator’s closer to an SEC East division title in Saturday’s win.
- Georgia avoided a near upset by Kentucky, but came away with a victory, beating the Wildcats 29-24. The Bulldogs were only leading by two points at halftime and Kentucky kept it close, but the Bulldogs proved to be too much for the Wildcats. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray threw for four touchdowns and 427 yards in the win. Georgia faces off with Florida next weekend in Jacksonville for a game that will likely decide the winner of the SEC East.
- Vanderbilt beat Auburn 17-13 on Saturday in Nashville. The game was tied at halftime, but the Commodores overcame a late 4th quarter fumble by its senior running back Zac Stacy to win the game. This was the Tigers sixth loss of the season, in what is their worst start since 1952.