College Football Scene – Week Five

footballlogoOur ACC and SEC correspondents weigh in again this week, as the competition gets tighter and we perfect our tailgates!

Listen in and see what they have to say about all things football from the games this weekend!

ACC Updates from Charlotte – Week 5

1. Virginia Tech’s win over Georgia Tech was crucial for the Hokies in the Coastal Division race.  Quarterback, Logan Thomas, led his team to the 17-10 victory with his best performance since 2011 and was named the ESPN.com ACC Player of the Week.  The Va. Tech defense also looked more like one of the nation’s leading defenses, holding Ga. Tech’s triple-option offense to just 10 points and 273 yards.

2. UNC fell to a 1-3 record after losing to ECU at home on Saturday.  The Tar Heel defense gave up 55 points and 603 yards in the 55-31 loss to the Pirates and their offense not scoring until late in the first half didn’t help the cause.  They face Va. Tech and Miami in their upcoming games so will need to pull it together fast in order to improve the losing record.

3. NC State bounced back strong after the loss to Clemson and defeated Central Michigan 48-14 in Raleigh.  Pete Thomas completed his first touchdown pass for the season and Bryan Underwood helped lead the offense as well with 5 receptions for 148 yards and 42 rushing yards.

4. Clemson’s Tajh Boyd had a record-setting game against Wake Forest with his 100th career touchdown, joining Philip Rivers as only the 2nd quarterback to reach the mark.  The Heisman rumors have been stirring again after a slow performance at NC State, Boyd completed passes resulting in 3 touchdowns and no interceptions in the Tigers’ 56-7 win.

5. Florida State pulled out a win against Boston College in a 48-34 offensive battle.  The Eagles held a double digit lead in the first half but the Seminoles recovered in time to look to their next opponent, the undefeated Maryland Terrapins.  The Terps are 4-0 for the first time since 2001 and travel to Tallahassee to face No. 8 Florida State on Saturday.

SEC Updates from Kate – Week 5

1. Number 9 ranked Georgia took on number 6 ranked LSU Saturday between the hedges and came away with a 44-41 nail-biting victory.  After last week when Alabama beat Texas A&M 49-42, who would have thought SEC football would see another game with two-ranked teams scoring more than 40 points each?  Georgia broke LSU’s record of 34 straight wins when the Tigers scored more than 30 points in the game.  Georgia seems destined toward a SEC East championship which would give them the opportunity to knock out Alabama and make them an obvious contender in the national championship game.  While most other SEC teams have been playing lesser qualified teams throughout September in an effort to improve their games and add to the win column, Georgia has faced three top 10 opponents and shown they have what it takes.  But Saturday’s win didn’t come without challenges as running back Todd Gurley was  lost in the 1st half to an ankle injury.  His playing status for next week is unknown.

2. But just like last week’s Alabama Texas A&M game, this week’s Georgia LSU game was really about the quarterbacks.  And what a performance Aaron Murray (UGA) and Zach Mettenberger (LSU) gave.  Roommates their freshman year at Georgia together, the two were reportedly close friends until Mettenberger left for junior college and then to LSU after an alcohol-related arrest his freshman year.   Murray threw for 298 yards, four touchdowns and just one interception which led to an LSU score. But statistically, Mettenberger took the night, passing for 378 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions.  At the end of the game Georgia coach Mark Richt showed he was a true class act, approaching Metternberger before he even greeted Les Miles, LSU’s head coach.  While understandably Murray was celebrating an amazing victory, it was a little disappointing to see he didn’t show the same class as Richt and some of his other teammates and never approached Mettenberger on the field.

3. No one was surprised by Alabama’s shut out against Ole Miss with the final score being 25-0.  However, what was a little surprising is Ole Miss kept Alabama to only 3 field goals in the 1st half of the game.  But Alabama took care of business giving Ole Miss its first shut out since 1998 and keeping Ole Miss from achieving a 4-0 season, something they haven’t achieved in 43 years.  Alabama seemed pretty lackluster in the first half but came back strong during the second half.  And while it has been a year for offenses this season in the SEC, it was Alabama’s defense that ruled Saturday night.

4. In other SEC play, Missouri remains the only SEC team in the Eastern Division with a 4-0 record, easily beating Arkansas State 41-19.  South Carolina surprisingly struggled in the first half of its game, barely beating the University of Central Florida 28-25.  Offenses looked strong in the Texas A&M and Arkansas game with the win going to the Aggies, 45-33.  Florida easily defeated Kentucky 24-7, with Vanderbilt and Tennessee also racking up wins.

5. The SEC still dominates the Top Ten AP poll.  Alabama remains at number 1, Georgia has moved up to number 6, Texas A&M is 9 and LSU takes the number 10 spot.  South Carolina (13), Florida (18) and Ole Miss (24) makes half the SEC teams placing in the top 25.  These rankings make SEC fans proud and ready for Week 6 of college football.

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