Snap Judgments: Florida's perfect run, Wild Rebel's huge day, more
As a resident of the Sunshine State, I've gotten to hear a lot of people complain about Florida's offense this season. For that, I blame
I don't mean to pile on the South Carolina coach, whose team fell to the Gators, 24-14, on Saturday. It's actually a compliment to the Head Ball Coach, who set such a standard of dominance in his 12 seasons at Florida that Gators fans can't be happy unless their team wins every game 55-14.
Obviously, this season's Gators aren't going to beat any decent opponent by such a margin. Against an above-average defense, Florida's offense has no real downfield threat, and it doesn't protect quarterback
Fortunately for Florida, the Gators have a defense many NFL teams would envy. Florida is two or even three deep with players who could start for almost any BCS-conference team at every position, and if the offense can hit 20 points, the Gators are probably standing in front of their band singing the fight song.
If you're reading this and nodding, Alabama fans, don't be so shocked. You two basically are the same team, except that your offense revolves around a dominant tailback playing tailback (
Florida fans were trained to expect Spurrier-esque blowouts, which is why they can't appreciate the fact that the Gators just ran through the SEC regular-season schedule undefeated for the first time since 1996. It's why they also probably won't appreciate when Florida completes its first perfect regular season since 1995. And it's why they may kick themselves on Dec. 5 for not enjoying the ride if Alabama -- which right now is playing like a slightly better version of Florida -- wins a matchup that could go either way.
The SEC officiating crew that was suspended for three weeks -- after some jaw-droppingly awful calls in the LSU-Georgia and Arkansas-Florida games -- returned to work Saturday at the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game in Nashville.
I'd say the game -- a 24-13 Kentucky win -- went off without a hitch, but I didn't watch it. I'm guessing you didn't either. Because it was Kentucky and Vanderbilt. In mid-November. Which probably is exactly where this crew belonged after those calls.
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So they've got that going for them.
No matter how many more games McCoy wins, he still won't inspire a play-by-play call as awesome as the
Rambo's hit on Fannin to break up a
The Bulldogs needed this win, but it was costly. Besides Rambo's injury, Georgia also lost star receiver
The Mustangs should make a bowl game this year, but just making a bowl isn't the only accomplishment still on the table. Houston's loss at Central Florida gave SMU sole possession of first place in the Conference USA West Division. If the Mustangs can beat Marhsall and Tulane, they would play in the conference title game.
Congratulations also to Iowa State, which beat Colorado on Saturday to run its record to 6-5 and qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2005. Other teams that qualified to go bowling Saturday include: UCF, Michigan State and Missouri.
Excuse ACC officials if you see them wearing Clemson orange next week. It's not that they want to be partisan, but if Clemson beats Virginia next week, the Tigers will win the ACC Atlantic Division. That might guarantee a sellout of the ACC title game in Tampa, which appeared to have been played in front of friends and family only last year when Virginia Tech beat Boston College at Raymond James Stadium.
Clemson really does belong in the SEC. The Tigers have a huge stadium, a great, quirky tradition (touching Howard's Rock and running down the hill) and a fan base that obsesses about everything with a Tiger paw on it. If the Tigers can clinch and then beat in-state rival South Carolina, the title game could provide an excellent Heisman showcase for back
It's a shame it took Ole Miss coach
McCluster, the original Wild Rebel, set a school record Saturday with 282 rushing yards and scored four touchdowns in the Rebels' 42-17 win against Tennessee.
Had Nutt figured it out earlier, the Rebels might have beaten South Carolina (Nutt even admitted after that game he didn't feed McCluster enough) and might have stood a chance against Alabama, which only scored 22 on a day the Ole Miss defense stood tall in the red zone. It might not have helped against Auburn, which got a full dose of McCluster and won anyway.
Did we in the media overhype Ole Miss this season? Absolutely. Is Ole Miss truly mediocre? No way. The Rebels still have enough players from last year's hot-finishing team to be a top 25 outfit. Now that the Rebels have figured out the focal point of their offense should be McCluster and not quarterback
Forcier told reporters he and Rodriguez had a misunderstanding over practice and a missed study hall. Forcier also said fellow freshman
Rodriguez suggested Forcier may have hit a freshman wall. "I've been on Tate pretty hard but it's not his effort, it's more of his concentration on getting better and doing the things he's supposed to do on and off the field," Rodriguez told reporters. "Typical freshman, he won't admit it, but at some point you hit a little bit of a wall, without an open date, academically and athletically, and it's a lot on your plate. We constantly monitor to make sure our guys stay up on it. But the freshmen generally are redshirted because they have the biggest adjustment."
It would be tough to blame Saturday's loss on Rodriguez's game of quarterback roulette this week. With 6:59 remaining in the third quarter, Forcier threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to
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The Seminoles desperately needed a win Saturday at Wake Forest to become bowl-eligible. With the Demon Deacons playing well and veteran FSU quarterback
A loss would have forced FSU to win next week at home against Maryland (definitely doable) and Nov. 28 at Florida (next to impossible) to become bowl eligible. Now, the Seminoles need only beat the Terrapins, who are 2-8 and have lost their last five.
Manuel got a huge assist from tailback
Given how this season could have turned completely south after Ponder's injury, Manuel's debut provided a silver lining for the 'Noles.
Has any team had its heart broken more this season than Purdue? The Boilermakers probably should be bowling in coach
In Week 2, Purdue lost by two to Oregon after failing to make a two-point conversion late. In Week 4, limping Notre Dame quarterback
Saturday, Purdue dominated statistically and led the Spartans by 11 with 11:52 remaining, but the Boilermakers couldn't hold on. If there is a bright side to all this misery, at least Purdue players will have plenty to motivate them in the weight room during the offseason.