The first college football games of November – what a way to kick off the month! What was your favorite moment from this weekends games? Our ladies share their sides below with the ACC & SEC roundups!
ACC Correspondent – Week 10
- With the Hurricanes’ 30-12 win over Virginia Tech, Miami is the team to beat in the division. If the Canes win out, they will play for the ACC championship for the first time since joining the league — unless, of course, the program decides to self-impose another postseason ban. The Hokies, meanwhile, imploded in all three phases of the game and dropped to 2-3 in league play. The Hokies’ streak of eight straight 10-win seasons is officially over.
- The Cavaliers played arguably their most complete game of the season against NC State. The defense had three interceptions and forced five turnovers after coming into game with only four forced turnovers. They had six sacks and a safety when coming into the game with only seven total sacks. The offense ran away with a 26-0 lead en route to a 33-6 win. UVa had 446 yards of total offense, more than double NC State’s 216. Nice job by the coaching staff, regaining the focus and getting the team better during the bye week.
- Maryland quarterback Shawn Petty is a true freshman, a scout team linebacker playing quarterback, and considering the circumstances, he did pretty well in a 33-13 loss to Georgia Tech. The fifth-string quarterback ran for 24 yards on 17 carries, was sacked four times and completed 9 of 18 passes for 115 yards. He also fumbled twice and threw an interception; but had the defense done more, this might have been a more interesting game. Not bad for the first time in a college football game, ever, and after just seven days of practice as a quarterback.
- Clemson’s passing attack looks as though it’s still improving entering the final month of the regular season – Tajh Boyd is flirting with school records, DeAndre Hopkins keeps hauling in touchdowns and Sammy Watkins is emerging from a slow start. The Tigers had 718 yards – 379 through the air – during their 56-20 win at Duke on Saturday night. Boyd passed for five touchdowns to match the program record for the second straight game, while Hopkins had three TD catches to set a school record for most career touchdown catches.
- Florida State fans are going to be livid. Not because FSU (8-1, 5-1 ACC) is ranked No. 10 this week in the BCS standings, but because No. 9 Louisville is ranked ahead of the Seminoles. Louisville?! Although the Cardinals are 9-0 and could be the Big East champs, they have not beaten one ranked team this season and Rutgers will be their biggest game this year. With Boise State’s loss to San Diego State this past weekend, the Discover Orange Bowl is looking more and more like an ACC champ versus Big East champ matchup; i.e. FSU vs. Louisville. With FSU at No. 10 and Clemson still at No. 13, the ACC is still clinging to the possibility of having two teams play in BCS bowls.
SEC Correspondent – Week 10
- Florida nearly escaped an upset by Missouri but came away victorious, winning 14-7. The Gator’s trailed 7-0 at halftime, but were able to put together two scoring drives in the second half. Mizzou tried to come back to tie the game, but the Gator’s intercepted Mizzou quarterback James Franklin in the end zone, securing the Gator win. This is the end of regular season SEC games for Florida; the Gators need Georgia to lose next week at Auburn in order to secure a spot in the SEC title game.
- Vanderbilt crushed Kentucky over the weekend in Lexington, KY, winning 40-0. The Wildcat offense could not get anything going against the Commodore defense, reaching the red zone only one time during the game and missing a field goal attempt. After the game the Kentucky athletic director wrote an open letter announcing the dismissal of head coach Joker Phillips at the end of the season.
- Texas A&M handed Mississippi State their second straight loss, beating the Bulldogs 38-13 in Starkville, MS. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is only a freshman, had an outstanding performance, completing 30 of 36 passes for 311 yards and 129 yards rushing for two touchdowns. The Aggies, who are 7-2, have put together an impressive season as a SEC newcomer.
- Georgia beat Ole Miss 37-10, putting them one step closer to a chance to play in the SEC title game. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray redeemed himself from the shaky performance against Florida last week, throwing 384 yards and four touchdowns against Ole Miss. Georgia needs a win against Auburn next week to clinch the SEC East title.
- It was one of the most anticipated games of the season as LSU hosted Alabama Saturday night at Tiger Stadium, aka “Death Valley”. It was an exciting game with much on the line, especially for #1 ranked Alabama, and LSU was looking for revenge from last years’ 21-0 beat down by Bama in last year’s National Championship game. LSU trailed 14-3 at halftime but fought back in the second half, scoring 14 unanswered points to take a 17-14 lead with the help of a strong performance by LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger. With 51 seconds remaining in the game, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron hit a screen pass to running back T.J. Yeldon, who scored the game winning touchdown, beating LSU 21-17. Alabama is the likely winner of the SEC West; they have two SEC games remaining, against Texas A&M and Auburn.