Wins and losses each week but always a reason to tailgate! Our ACC & SEC Correspondents are hot on the college football scene again this week. Where does your team stand in the rankings?
ACC Correspondent – Week 9
1. NC State quarterback Mike Glennon threw for a career-high 467 yards and five touchdowns, if his recievers had held onto a couple more crucial passes (that were dropped) the pack most likely would have left Chapel Hill with a win. UNC running back Giovani Bernard had a performance good enough to snap a streak of five straight losses to rival NC State with his 74-yard punt return for a touchdown with 13 seconds remaining.
2. Maryland has lost its fourth starting quarterback to a season-ending injury, as true freshman starter Caleb Rowe tore his ACL in the loss at Boston College on Saturday and is out for the season. Maryland’s quarterback struggles started this past summer when Danny O’Brien decided to transfer to Wisconsin, then C.J. Brown tore his ACL in August. Brown was replaced by true freshman Perry Hills, who tore an ACL against NC State on Oct. 20. Devin Burns, a converted wide receiver, broke his foot in that game and is also out for the year. Rowe was the team’s last eligible scholarship quarterback. Either converted linebacker Shawn Petty or converted tight end Brian McMahon will start at quarterback for the Terps this Saturday against Georgia Tech.
3. In Saturday’s 20-17 loss to Boston College, the Terps couldn’t make the stops when it mattered most, as Chase Rettig completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman with 52 seconds left to give Boston College its first FBS and ACC win of the season. The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Eagles and helped them avoid their worst start since 1989.
4. The gap between the Atlantic Division and Coastal Division this year is as wide as the FSU-Duke score indicated. Florida State pummeled Duke 48-7, but the difference is that heading into the game, Duke was leading the Coastal Division. The Blue Devils are still the only bowl-eligible team in the division (UNC has six wins but is banned from the postseason this year due to cheating and numerous other NCAA violations) and is leading the standings, but plenty of important games remain. There’s a reason the ACC’s only two ranked teams are in the Atlantic Division. The conference is top-heavy this year, but Saturday’s game in Tallahassee was a reminder as to just how much of a gap actually exists between the division leaders.
5. The Hokies had a much-needed bye week, as they enter the Miami game having lost three of their past four games. Virginia Tech’s defense has played its best football in the past two games against Duke and Clemson, despite the loss to the Tigers. They’ll need more from the offense, though, to win the division. The Canes also had a bye week to prepare for the critical Coastal Division game against Virginia Tech on Thursday night. They needed the break, as the team has lost three straight, had off-field distractions, and had been banged up.
SEC Correspondent – Week 9
1. South Carolina snapped a two game losing streak to beat Tennessee 38-35 in Columbia, SC. The biggest story of the night though was a knee injury sustained by South Carolina’s star running back Marcus Lattimore during the game. Lattimore was carted off the field in pain and taken to the hospital as fans chanted his name and players from both teams wished him well. South Carolina’s coach, Steve Spurrier, said that it was not a career ending injury but there is no word on the timeline for recovery.
2. Ole Miss beat Arkansas 30-27 on a 31-yard field goal as time expired in the fourth quarter of the game. The Razorbacks tied the game 27-27 with 2 minutes remaining in the game, but that was enough time for the Rebels to march down the field to set up the game winning field goal. This is Ole Miss’s first back to back SEC win since 2009, and the Rebels play Georgia next week in Athens.
3. It was what many perceived as a battle for the winner of the SEC East as Florida and Georgia played in the “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” in Jacksonville, FL. Georgia’s defense came ready to play, forcing six Gator turnovers, which came after comments earlier in the week by Georgia’s own defensive player Shawn Williams for playing “soft”. The Gator’s struggled offensively and could not overcome their mistakes, and Georgia came away victorious, winning 17-9. If Georgia wins their remaining two SEC games they will win the SEC East play the winner of the SEC West in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
4. Auburn struggled again this week, losing to Texas A&M 63-21. A&M’s high powered offense led by quarterback Johnny Manziel, who ran for two touchdowns and threw for three more, was too much for the struggling Tigers. This is Auburn’s fifth straight loss, putting talk of Auburn’s Coach Gene Chizik’s job status in question.
5. It was business as usual for #1 ranked Alabama who beat an undefeated Mississippi State 38-7 in Tuscaloosa, AL. It was another dominating performance for the Tide on both sides of the ball. Alabama’s defense forced two fumbles and recovered an interception, and held the Bulldogs scoreless until a late fourth quarter. Alabama remains the only undefeated team in the SEC; they play LSU in Baton Rouge, LA next week in a re-match of the 2011 BCS National Championship game.