We’re knee-deep in another exciting week of college football! Our fabulous ACC and SEC correspondents share a few tidbits below, with all you’ll need to know to stay in the conversation this week!
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SEC Updates by Kate – Week Four:
With the exception of two games, Week Four of college football was- dare I say it?- a boring week for the SEC. But don’t worry! That will all be changing soon as our favorite teams move into regular conference play.
1. The Florida – Tennessee game provided more excitement than anyone anticipated, although it was based on some sloppy football. In the beginning of the game, Florida fans everywhere were scratching their heads and wondering what in the world was happening with their team when the Gators couldn’t turn Vols mistakes to their advantage. Tennessee fumbled on each of their first 3 drives, yet they led during the first quarter and trailed by only one touchdown by halftime. Even the Gators had 3 turnovers in the first half. However, once Florida had a chance to regroup and recharge, they finished the second half strong and the Vols fell to the Gators 31-17.
2. The story coming out of the Florida – Tennessee game wasn’t the score though; it was Florida’s loss of quarterback Jeff Driskel, to a broken leg. The break came in the first quarter, resulting in a season-ending injury. Junior Tyler Murphy was thrown into the spotlight quickly and may be able to still carry the number 20 ranked Gators on a continuing winning streak. Murphy ultimately passed for 134 yards, rushed another 84 and scored 2 touchdowns.
3. It was the battle of the Tigers in Baton Rouge, with the LSU Tigers handing the Auburn Tigers their first loss of the season. While few expected Auburn to upset 6th ranked LSU, some were surprised at Auburn’s tenacity of staying in the game after a mistake-riddled first half. The 35-21 score doesn’t truly reflect the competition in the game during the 2nd half. But in the end the night belonged to LSU and running back Jeremy Hill who rushed for 184 yards, his career high, and tied his career high of three touchdowns. As Les Miles said after the game, “we can play better” – a true statement as they travel to Georgia this coming weekend.
4. Another group of Tigers, those from Missouri, had a big weekend. While having a rocky 1st half, Mizzou defeated Indiana 45-28 on Saturday. This leaves them to be the only undefeated team in the SEC East. The win brought coach Gary Pinkel to 93 wins, the second most in program history. Mizzou, with its first 3-0 record since 2010, plays Arkansas State next weekend before heading into its conference play.
5. With more than half of the SEC in the top 25 this week – Alabama (1), LSU (6), Georgia (9), Texas A&M (10), South Carolina (12), Florida (20) and Old Miss (21) – expect some exciting conference play in week five. This coming Saturday, Ole Miss travels to Tuscaloosa to take on Bama, LSU will test their skills at Georgia and Texas A&M faces-off against Arkansas. Even though the SEC should be proud of the number of ranked teams, after this past weekend there will probably be a lot of talk among football fans about whether the Top 25 rankings mean anything, especially in the first weeks of college football. This past week many of these powerhouse teams played little known teams, with four of the top 25 teams scoring more than 70 points each. Is that really college football? Can you really judge a team’s worth when they have yet to face strong competition? Next week should tell.
ACC Updates by Charlotte – Week Four:
1. Clemson did come away with a victory Thursday night over NC State, however it was not in the way that anyone expected. The Wolfpack could have, and arguably should have, come away with the win based on their performance against the No. 3 Tigers. They led well into the 2nd quarter and had an 83-yard touchdown run by Bryan Underwood in mid-3rd quarter called back because an official thought he had seen Underwood step out of bounds. Although many camera angles revealed that did not step out of bounds, the play was not reviewable and became the turning point for the Tigers.
2. Pitt defeated Duke 58-55 in the high-scoring, record-setting game with a combined score of 113 and 1,130 yards of total offense. Each quarterback had 6 touchdowns for career high games and unlikely performances, Pitt went into the season with doubts about their office and Duke’s quarterback is the back-up after the starter was injured.
3. Miami invoked a mercy rule of sorts against Savannah State by shortening the 4th quarter to 12 minutes, as agreed upon by both coaches, in their 77-7 win with none of the points scored in the 4th quarter. The Hurricanes did all they could to shorten the game by not lining up on offense until there were 10 seconds left on the play clock and repeatedly running simple dive plays.
4. Marshall took Virginia Tech into triple overtime in a game the Hokies would eventually win, but it wasn’t pretty. The defense that had been strong for VT did not hold up to standard on Saturday, giving up 21 points in the first half. The Hokies came back to win 29-21 but will need a much better performance on Thursday night against Georgia Tech.
5. UNC got out to an early lead against Georgia Tech, but the Yellow Jackets came back and remain a top contender for the Coastal Division. The Tar Heels lacked consistency on offense and the Yellow Jackets’ running backs led GT’s offense with 324 rushing yards.