Sunday, October 05, 2014

10/4 College Football Roundup

Anna's view yesterday at the Clemson/NC State game. 

For a team that put up a decent first half fight against FSU, the Wolfpack played quite feckless on the plain. Clemson's defense and freshman QB impressed ESPNU announcers Amish Shroff and Kelly Stoeffer, who proclaimed Watson as "next year's Heisman frontrunner" and the defense the "best in the nation." Shroff was a finalist on the reality show "Dream Job." Guess they don't see many Southeastern Conference games.

Georgia was able to handle Vandy without much trouble, while providing additional fodder for the Todd Gurley highlight reel. Who knew he was a lefty?

Katie Perry correctly predicts upsets by both Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Rebels gave Bama every opportunity to come back, botching their last extra point twice. The Tide didn't hold onto the football, subtracting years from Nick Saban's life. But Ole Miss doesn't look like they can continue their magic in such a competitive Western conference.

Mississippi State capitalized on A&M miscues to pull away from the Aggies. Not sure these Bulldogs will be able to rise to the top of the Western pack either.

Auburn didn't have much trouble with LSU. The Bayou Bengals will end the year near the bottom of the Western standings, but could serve as spoilers.

Florida edged Tennessee 10-9. This bodes well for Georgia's upcoming meeting in Jacksonville. The checker-boarded Neyland Stadium did look great.

Kentucky outlasted the nosediving Gamecocks, making a genius out of 680 the Fan's king of College Football Chuck Oliver. Earlier this week the King predicted a Wildcat win, and said he would pick against South Carolina the rest of the year. The loss of both Clowney and Shaw have exposed serious flaws in the Gamecock program. This bodes well for Clemson.

Bad day for Oklahoma as well. Perhaps too much love from Katie Perry.

Ohio State handled Maryland, which means nothing. If the Buckeyes beat Michigan it won't mean anything. They won't beat Michigan State.

Hopefully Oregon's loss vaulted Todd Gurley past Marcus Mariota in the Heisman race, though there's plenty of football left to be played.

Georgia Tech beat Miami, which shows you how closely I follow the whole of college football (I predicted the opposite). The Canes could not stop Tech's offense, and the Jacket defense came up big when it needed to. Justin Thomas is quickly becoming the best quarterback of the Paul Johnson era, doing what's needed to win. If Tech can their heads as they climb in the rankings they could finish the season with ten or eleven wins - and losses to Clemson and Georgia.

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