ACC Updates from Charlotte
- Florida State gets in-state bragging rights over Miami with another statement win on Saturday. The Seminoles have scored at least 40 points in every game this season and remain a national title contender.
- UNC got their first win in NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium since 2005 on Saturday and the Wolfpack drop to 0-5 in the conference. The Tar Heels can still reach 6 wins to become eligible and salvage an otherwise disappointing season.
- Virginia Tech lost to Boston College and, coming off the loss to Duke, the season could be in a downward spiral going into the game against Miami this weekend. Both the Hokies and Canes are division title contenders and the winner will likely secure their position in the conference championship game against Florida State.
- Wake Forest fell to Syracuse, but what hurts more than the loss is the season-ending injury to star wide receiver Michael Campanero. Campanero broke his collar bone in the first quarter and the 2 win the Demon Deacons need for a bowl will be a very difficult task without him. The Orange kept their bowl hopes alive and have back-back road games against Maryland and Florida State looming.
- Clemson beat Virginia 59-10 and quarterback Tajh Boyd set a conference record for most career touchdowns, passing NC State’s Philip Rivers as the ACC’s all time leader. The Tigers face Georgia Tech following a bye week and are still in line for a BCS bowl.
SEC Updates from Kate
- The SEC game of the weekend was the Missouri/South Carolina game. When they started the first quarter, Missouri was the only undefeated team in the SEC East and the Tigers hoped to keep their winning streak alive. And for a while, they did. Mizzou lead for the first three quarters and at the beginning of the fourth, they were winning 17-0. Then South Carolina’s quarterback Conner Shaw took the field. After suffering a knee injury in Week 9, Shaw came back strong against the Tigers and tied the score at 17 all with 42 seconds left to play, putting the game into overtime. Both teams scored touchdowns in their first overtime possessions, bringing the score to 24-24 and leading to double overtime. The Gamecocks had possession of the ball first in double overtime which resulted in a field goal. Missouri’s placekicker, Andrew Baggett, failed to answer the Gamecock’s three-point lead as his field goal attempt bounced off the goal post. Although the win came late and came in a surprising manner, number 21 South Carolina managed to defeat the number five Missouri Tigers, bringing the Gamecocks up to the number 14 spot in this week’s BCS standings.
- Now that Missouri lost, Alabama is the only undefeated team in the SEC, rolling over Tennessee 45-10 in Saturday’s game. Nothing about the game came as a surprise since Alabama has scored 246 points against its last six opponents, while those six opponents have only scored a total of 26 points against Alabama’s defense. There is a reason the Tide has won two consecutive national championships and remains undefeated this year. Only LSU and Auburn stand in the way of Bama’s chances at yet another trip to the SEC Championship game, and ultimately, another national title.
- In other SEC play this weekend, Auburn copied Alabama’s score of 45-10, easily defeating Florida Atlantic, even with quarterback Nick Marshall sustaining a shoulder injury early in the first half. Mississippi State managed to hold on against Kentucky, winning the game on Thursday 28-22 and winning its first SEC game of the season. While LSU only had a 20-16 lead against Furman at the half, the Tigers came back strong in the second half, totaling more than 700 yards for the game and defeating the Paladins 48-16. Ole Miss destroyed Idaho 59-14. Texas A&M, out to prove itself after last week’s unexpected loss to Auburn, easily handled the Vanderbilt Commodores and won 56-24. Johnny Football showed no signs of pain or discomfort from the shoulder injury he suffered in last week’s game and he threw for four touchdowns.
- We are entering the last month of regular college football play and for many teams in the SEC, it isn’t just their SEC competition that matters, but what the Top 10 teams are doing, as it could impact where SEC teams end up in post-season bowl play. In Week 9, two SEC schools, Alabama and Missouri, were in the Top 10 in the BCS standings with Auburn, LSU, Texas A&M and South Carolina in the Top 25. However, in the BCS standings released for Week 10, Missouri moved down to the number nine spot after their loss to South Carolina while Texas A&M jumped up four places to the number 12 position, right behind Auburn and right in front of LSU, showing that these last few games throughout the college football season are going to have a direct bearing on which SEC teams go to the best bowl games come December.
- As we are coming down to the end of the season, the game SEC fans should be focused on for the coming week is the Mizzou/Tennessee game. Tennessee has been the spoiler team this year, defeating South Carolina in Week 9 and taking Georgia into overtime in Week 6. If Mizzou defeats the Vols, it is fairly certain they will defeat Kentucky the following week, securing their position as champions of the SEC East and ensuring a trip to the SEC Championship in December. However, if Missouri should lose, then the Florida/Georgia game (aka the World’s Largest Cocktail Party) will take on particular significance this weekend as the winner of that game will remain in the competition for the SEC East title. In the West, Auburn will be looking to defeat Arkansas on Saturday and a win will move the Tigers closer to a showdown with Alabama on Thanksgiving weekend.