Monday, October 31, 2005

Week 9 Recaps

4-0 ATS. 54-40-2 ATS YTD. Picked Florida-Georgia right down to the score. Had GT-Clemson margin of victory right also.
Watch for the lines to be updated on the right hand side during the week.

Florida 14 Georgia 10

Florida jumped out to an early 14 point lead on their first two drives and then hung on for a 14-10 victory over SEC East leading Georgia. Georgia backup QB Joe Tereshinki finished 8-21 with 1 INT and 1TD reception. Florida has had a bye week 12 of the last 13 years and they are 11-1 in those 12 games against Georgia. The Gators have now won 14 of the last 16 meetings.

Florida /Georgia

New-look Gators get back in SEC East race

Making top Dawg sit is a no-brainer ... Right?

In the SEC, the new offense is defense

All is not lost for Georgia

Missed kicks costly for Georgia

Georgia Tech 10 Clemson 9

In an ugly affair in Atlanta with six turnovers and over 125 yards in penalties, the Yellow Jackets came out on top 10-9. The outcome was not decided until Clemson QB Charlie Whitehurst's heave was intercepted by Dawan Landry near the goaline. This marks the ninth time in the last ten meetings, this contest has come down to three points.

Heroes of the day for Tech were CB Kenny Scott and DE Eric Henderson. Scott broke up a touchdown saving catch midway through the fourth quarter, which would have put Clemson up and tackled Curtis Baham short of a first down ending Clemson's last bonafide scoring opportunity. Henderson said after the game he was playing at about 70%, but that did not stop him from causing two fumbles on sacks. Clemson lost three fumbles in the game. They had not lost a fumble all season.

Georgia Tech 10, Clemson 9

Monday Morning quarterback: Georgia Tech

Jackets win ugly, but gain confidence

Henderson and Scott lead Jackets defense

Clemson notebook

Marathon of mistakes

South Carolina 16 Tennessee 15

Spurrier still has his tricks

Tennessee reaching lowest point of Fulmer's tenure

Tennessee's QB situation makes no sense

Spurrier pushes South Carolina over the Rocky Top

Victory over Vols could have a bigger impact on South Carolina's ...

Fulmer hints of big changes

Other ACC Game wrap-ups

Miami 34 UNC 16

NC State 21 So. Miss 17

Wake Forest 44 Duke 6

FSU 35 Maryland 27

Other SEC Game wrap-ups

SEC Games

ACC/SEC Rankings

ACC Rankings – October 31

Tier I

1. Virginia Tech
Impressive again in BC victory; showdown this week with Miami
2. Miami
Were they already preparing for VT in a lackluster first half against UNC?
3. FSU
Came from behind to beat inferior Maryland team at home.

Tier II
4. Boston College
Hopes of ACC title died in Blacksburg.
5. Georgia Tech
Defense stepped up once again in ugly, 10-9 win over Clemson

Tier III
6. UNC
Collapsed against Miami in second half
7. Virginia
Off week; have three best teams in their division in last four games
8. Clemson
Needs to win 2 out of 3 against Duke, FSU, and S. Carolina to go to a bowl
9. Maryland
Missed a great opportunity in Tallahassee

Tier IV
10. Wake Forest
Rolled over Duke 44-6. Great opportunity playing at GT this week.
11. NC State
Had to come from behind to beat So. Miss at home 21-17

Tier V
12. Duke
Still waiting for their first ACC win of the season.

SEC Rankings – October 31

Tier I

1. Alabama
Only undefeated SEC team left; fans crossing their fingers that Brodie Croyle stays healthy.

Tier II
2. LSU
Another warmup this week vs App. St. before showdown with Crimson Tide.
3. Georgia
With a win over Auburn and Kentucky can still clinch SEC East.
4. Florida
Had the ball bounce their way this week vs UGA. Home date with Vandy next.
5. Auburn
Wild card in SEC West. Actually hoping for Alabama to beat LSU…hard to believe.

Tier III
6. South Carolina
Spurrier he still has the playbook to compete with lesser talent
7. Tennessee
Things went from bad to worse in Knoxville in loss to Gamecocks

Tier IV
8. Vanderbilt
Still clinging to bowl hopes, but Florida and Tennessee still remain

Tier V
9. Ole Miss
First season under Ogeron not going as planned
10. Arkansas
Freshman RB Darren McFadden the bright spot for the Hogs
11. Kentucky
Rich Brooks under a lot of fire in Lexington
12. Miss St
Sylvester Croom having a tough go in second year in SEC

Friday, October 28, 2005

SEC Games

vs 3:30ET CBS
Line: Florida -5.5

With a victory against Florida Saturday, Georgia can clinch a spot in the SEC Championship for the third time in four years. They looked to have had the spot all wrapped until QB D.J. Shockley scrambled in the second quarter against Arkansas.

In steps Joe Tereshinksi. Joe Tereshinski will be playing in the most important game of his life Saturday in Jacksonville. The third generation bulldog will try to follow in the footsteps of father and grandfather and deliver a victory over the Gators. But make no mistake about it, Georgia will use their talented trio of running backs behind one the best offensive lines in the SEC this game. Thomas Brown, Kregg Lumpkin, and Danny Ware have helped churn out 170 yards per game on the ground for the Bulldogs. The best receiver for Georgia is not even a wide receiver—it is 6'7" TE Leonard Pope.

The Gators' defense has not received the credit they deserve due to the inconsistency of the ultra-hyped Meyer offense. Florida ranks fifth nationally in total defense, allowing just under 272 yards per game. LB Brandon Siler leads the Gator D along with an improving secondary. DT Ray McDonald may play in this game after injuring his knee against Tennessee in September. Creating turnovers has been a specialty of this Florida defense and they rank second nationally in turnover margin at almost +2 per game.

Urban Meyer's spread offense has not been as effective as Gator fans hoped for in his first season in the SEC. Florida does not rank higher than fourth in rushing or passing offense and are 53rd in the nation in total offense. Still, the Gators have plenty of talent of offense with WR Chad Jackson, QB Chris Leak, and RB DeShawn Wynn. The key for Florida will be giving Chris Leak time. Leak has the ability to pick teams apart and if he can do so, DeShawn Wynn should be able to get on track as well.

Georgia is again one of the best in the SEC and the nation. The Bulldogs are allowing just over 13 points per game, good for fifth nationally. Georgia is also very good at creating turnovers and have a +1.3 turnover margin per game. Big DT Kedrick Golston will be out for this game, which puts pressure on the reserves to step it up.

This game will come down to how well Florida protects Chris Leak and how well they can run the ball. Expect the Gators to line up with 8 in the box and dare Tereshinki to throw against them. Leonard Pope needs to come big for Georgia as he is a major mismatch against most anyone covering him. Georgia pulls out ahead early, but does not have the offensive firepower to comeback in a low scoring affair.

Florida 14 Georgia 10

Other SEC Games

VS 7:45 ET ESPN2

Line: Tennessee -14.5

The Volunteers come into this game limping after a hard fought defeat handed to them by Alabama last week. Hard to believe, but Tennessee is now under .500 in the SEC with three conference games remaining, including Saturday nights tilt against South Carolina.

The Gamecocks are coming off a victory over pesky Vanderbilt 28-21 and have their eyes on a possible bowl game.

The Vols have struggled this year because of their lack of cohesion and shaky play from the quarterback position. Rick Clausen is expected to start again, but has not lived up to his second half performance against LSU earlier in the season. Sophomore Erik Ainge has been even worse in spelling Clausen. To make things worse, preseason Heisman candidate Gerald Riggs is out for the year. Tennessee is averaging just over 16 points per game on the season. On the flip side, the Volunteer D has played admirably despite not receiving much help from their offensive counterparts.

South Carolina has been improving each week under Spurrier’s system and is poised for an upset. QB Blake Mitchell is completing 64% of his passes on the season while throwing 11 touchdowns. The problem for South Carolina has been the running game, where they rank last in the SEC at just 86 yards per game. The defense has been solid led by safety Ko Simpson.

With Riggs out and Clausen not playing well, it is hard to imagine the Volunteers scoring more than 21 against a better than average defense. Also, the Volunteers are -0.67 in turnover margin this season. South Carolina does not have enough fire power on offense to win, but they should make this game relatively close.

Tennessee 21 South Carolina 13

Auburn vs Ole Miss 12:30 ET JP
Alabama vs Utah St 3:00 ET
Kentucky vs Miss St 7:00 ET
LSU vs North Texas 8:00 ET

ACC Games

vs 3:30ET ESPN
Line: GT -3

Once again, these teams appear to be evenly matched. In the last 16 games played between the two, both have won 8 and 12 of the 16 have been decided by five points or less.

Clemson is the better offensive team relying on the aerial attack mostly. Senior and four year starter Charlie Whitehurst orchestrates a shotgun attack utilizing four receivers in most of the formations. The primary receivers catching Whitehurst's passes are Chansi Stuckey, Aaron Kelly, and Curtis Baham. Each receiver brings a different dimension to the game—Stuckey (quick, runs a lot of underneath routes) Kelly (tall, home run hitter), and Baham (possession). Tailback Reggie Merriweather is a very serviceable option when the Tigers like to run. Merriweather racked up 90 yards against Tech last year.

Conversely, Georgia Tech would prefer to control the game on the ground. Running backs P.J. Daniels and Tashard Choice are a great 1-2 punch providing power and speed. By now, everyone has heard of Calvin Johnson. The 6-4 receiver torched Clemson last year in his coming out party with three touchdown catches. He is QB Reggie Ball's favorite target and you will see why on Saturday. The task of covering Johnson goes to 5-10 cornerback Tye Hill, who said last year's game was a
nightmare. If Hill cannot cover Johnson, expect 6'3" cornerback Sergio Gilliam to switch in coverage

Defensively, Tech looks to have the advantage with its ball-hawking, run stuffing defense. The Yellow Jackets are allowing less than 100 yards per game on the ground and are second nationally in interceptions with 14. Georgia Tech will have to battle some injuries to key players along the defensive line as DT Joe Anoai and DE Eric Henderson may not play. An area of concern for Tech fans is the secondary, particularly cornerback, where the Jackets have been hurt this season by poor tackling and poor coverage at times

The Tigers have done well in the turnover area themselves with a +1.14 margin this season. Clemson ranks 36 th nationally in total defense, surrendering 341 yards of offense per game. The Tigers employ a seven man front and use a variety of blitzes from the secondary as well.

Special Teams should be an advantage for Clemson in this game. Georgia Tech kicker Travis Bell has not made a field goal since the UCONN game back on September 17. Meanwhile, Clemson kicker Jad Dean is one of the best in the nation. His five field goals helped beat Texas A&M in the first game of the year.

This game will come down to the wire like it always does. The two team's statistics match up almost identical. However, this game will be determined by the play of Georgia Tech QB Reggie Ball. Ball has 30 starts in a Tech uniform and in 17 wins has thrown 28 TD to 14 INT; in 13 losses he has manages just 4 TD while throwing 22 INT.

Prediction: Georgia Tech 24 Clemson 23

Other ACC Games
Duke vs Wake Forest 12:00 ET JP
Miami vs UNC 12:00 ET ESPN2

FSU vs Maryland 3:30 ET ABC

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Tigers and Yellow Jackets Meet in Atlanta

Georgia Tech vs Clemson

After Georgia Tech's improbable come from behind win last year, Clemson will have revenge on its mind this weekend as they make the short trek to Atlanta. This game is one of the closest rivalries in college football over the last 10 years with Tech taking 6 wins to the Tigers 4. The average margin of victory is 3.4 over the last 10 meetings.

Clemson Practice Notebook

Chan Gailey Press Conference Quotes

Bowden Likes Time Change

Tye Hill's Nightmare

Clemson-GT Notes

Calvin Johnson Gets a Mean Streak

Tech-Clemson Goes Down to the Wire

Georgia Tech Notebook-Macon Telegraph

Chansi Stuckey Enjoying Position Change to WR

Game Matchup

World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party

Georgia vs Florida

Georgia Fans: Do you find the Chomp annoying?

Florida Fans: Why does the barking bother you?

Think Florida-Georgia doesn't mean much? Think again. Check out some of these comments left on the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Vent this week.

"UGA football is like a comet. It shows up about once every 20 years."
"The only thing that's changed in this series is we no longer run-up the score."
"Hope you Dawgs enjoyed the last 365 days. Normalcy will be restored Saturday."

"Gators eat boogers."
"The way I see it, Florida had an extra week off to screw up their offense even more."
"This is not the Gators team of the 90s. Now UF stands for Unispired Football."

Gator Vent
Bulldog Vent

25th Anniversary of Run, Lindsay, Run
"To me, it's the most important play in Georgia's football history," said the coach of that day, Vince Dooley. "Not for just what it meant in that game, but what it eventually led to."
Larry Munson's famous call

Articles on the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party
Dawgs try to build on one-game winning 'streak'“ This is something new. Georgia heads into the "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" with the makings of a winning streak against Florida."
Can Dawgs Beat Florida?“ The "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" hasn't been much fun for Georgia fans during most of the last 15 years when the Florida Gators won the ...
Rivalry, tension heat up Jacksonville's Cocktail Party“The Florida-Georgia game is not only one of college football's oldest rivalries, but it is also one of its most unique"
Gators focus on 'Dawgs“Last season, after the firing of UF coach Ron Zook, players had to deal with distractions.
No matter what, this year's Georgia week is easier for Florida ...“At 5-2 and facing a possible disastrous end to a once-promising season, the Gators couldn't be..”
Dawgs mean more for a few Gators “Jeremy Mincey went home to Statesboro, Ga., last weekend, and all he heard about was the Georgia Bulldogs.”

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Hokies Welcome Former Big East Rival

#3 Virginia Tech vs #13 Boston College 7:45ET ESPN

Hokies square off against the Eagles in their second straight Thursday night game. BC is on a four game winning streak and Virginia Tech has won nine of their last ten games.

This game features a match up of two of the best defenses in the ACC. Virginia Tech has the number one scoring defense in the nation allowing just nine points per game. They also rank third in passing defense, second in total defense, and second in turnover margin. Hokies are led on defense by DE Darryl Tapp and CB Jimmy Williams. Meanwhile, the Eagles boast a strong defense of their own. They are allowing only 14 points per game, only 78 yards per game on the ground, and 273 of total offense. The Eagles downfall this season is their turnover margin (-0.86) ranking them 101st in the country.

The past five meetings have resulted in combined score over 60 for these two teams. Boston College is one of two teams in the ACC to have 300+ yards offense in each game this season. The Eagles have two QB's effectively this season: Quinton Porter and Matt Ryan. Expect Quinton Porter to start, but Matt Ryan will see some time. Eagles are paced by running backs L.V. Whitworth and Andre Callender, both sophomores. Marcus Vick leads the ACC in passing efficiency with a 165.6 rating. Despite mediocre statistics on offense, the Hokies are averaging 30+ points this season.

The Hokies will have their raucous crowd behind them for this very important ACC matchup. Virginia Tech does have Miami coming in next week, but Frank Beamer and his staff know how important this game is as well in their
hopes of reaching the BCS. As earlier mentioned, BC is one of the worst teams in the nation in turnover margin. Considering the Hokies are very good at creating turnovers and capitalizing on them, expect the Hokies to win this one convincingly.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 24 Boston College 10

USA Today Game Matchup
#3 Virginia Tech vs #13 Boston College Thur., 7:45ET ESPN

Virginia Tech -13.5

Hokies will be playing in their second straight Thursday night game. BC defensive end Matthias Kiwanuka is expected to play after missing the Eagles last game. These next two games will determine if Virginia Tech will go to the inaugural ACC Championship Game on December 3--This week BC, next week Miami.

This will be the Hokies first real test since Georgia Tech came strolling into Blacksburg about a month ago. Virginia Tech passed that test with flying colors.

Boston College vs. Virginia Tech
'True, the Boston College Eagles have the odds against them when they go to Lane Stadium to take on the third-ranked team in college football this Thursday night ... '

Hokies face first of back-to-back hurdles
'Virginia Tech looks to be the odd team out in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Just maintaining that status should be fairly ...'

Quiet nobility
'... He understood the importance of his last name. Kiwanuka, 22, a senior at
Boston College, is all grown up now. At ... 3 Virginia Tech. Despite'

Feeling No Pain in His Arm, Humes Is Ready to Return
'Virginia Tech running back Cedric Humes expects to play against Boston College on Thursday, less than three weeks ...'

Grabbing attention
'a scholarship to a school like Boston College," he said ... BC has shown that Virginia Tech's ferocious defense can ... '

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Week 8 Recaps

Alabama 6 Tennessee 3

Tide fans really savor this victory over Vols
Undefeated Alabama kept alive its hopes for a national championship Saturday, but that bit of news was secondary ..."

Tide tops Vols for 2nd straight win on last-minute kick
With a kick, a fumble and a catch, No. 5 Alabama ended a decade of frustration in its bitter rivalry with Tennessee. ..."

Vols' fumble talk of Tuscaloosa
More than one Alabama player or coach has invoked divine intervention as a component of Tennessee 's through-the-end zone fumble in the waning ... "

LSU 20 Auburn 17 OT

Back-to-back victories keep LSU in contention
LSU is still a contender in the Southeastern Conference after back-to-back big — though not particularly pretty — wins. ..."

No. 7 LSU escapes Auburn in OT
Vaughn's 39-yard field goal attempt in overtime hit the left upright, giving No. 7 LSU a 20-17 win over No. 16 Auburn on Saturday night. ..."

Auburn drops to LSU in overtime

Clemson 37 Temple 7

Clemson Rips Temple

South Carolina 28 Vanderbilt 21

Gamecocks Top Vandy, Lose Newton

UNC 7 Virginia 5

Defense solid as UNC upsets No. 23 Virginia

Virginia Tech 28 Maryland 9
"Despite a shaky performance against the fifth-best pass defense in the country, Vick used his legs to remain perfect as the Hokies starting quarterback. The redshirt junior completed 14-of-23 attempts for 211 yards and three interceptions while adding 133 rushing yards on 16 carries. "

Georgia 23 Arkansas 20

"Georgia remained unbeaten, but may have lost quarterback D.J. Shockley for an extended period of time."

FSU 55 Duke 24

"Drew Weatherford threw for 276 yards and two touchdowns for the Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 ACC Atlantic), who bounced back from last week's disheartening loss at Virginia and remained on course for an appearance in the conference championship game."

Wake Forest 27 NC State 19

"Smith, who also had an interception among five turnovers in last week's heartbreaking 35-30 loss to Boston College, picked off a pass from Marcus Stone and brought it back 23 yards for a score with 2:36 remaining to seal just Wake Forest's 12th win in the last 46 meetings between the schools."

Ole Miss 13 Kentucky 7

Houston 28 Miss St 16

ACC Rankings October 24
+ indicates how many points underdog to Group I.
difference between groups is spread in those games

Group I (all within 3 points of each other)
1. Virginia Tech
2. Miami
3. Florida State

Group II +7
4. Boston College

Group III +13 (all within 3 points of each other)
5. Georgia Tech
6. North Carolina
7. Clemson
8. Virginia
9. Maryland

Group IV +20 (within 4 points of each other)
10. Wake Forest
11. NC State

Group V +30
12. Duke

Monday, October 24, 2005

SEC Rankings October 24

Group I - Head and shoulders above the rest

1. Alabama

2. Georgia

Group II - A notch below but capable of knocking of Group I.

3. LSU

Group III - Has enough to beat a Group I team, but would be underdog.

4. Auburn

5. Florida

6. Tennessee

Group IV - Big notch below first three groups, but above bottom group.

7. South Carolina

8 . Vanderbilt

Group V - Making the SEC only the second best conference in the nation.

9. Arkansas

10. Ole Miss

11. Miss St

12. Kentucky

Friday, October 21, 2005

October 22 SEC and ACC Games

#16 Tennessee @ #5 Alabama 3:30ET CBS
Alabama -3.5
Alabama will be looking to defeat Tennessee for the first time in three years and just the second time in the last six. The Volunteers are still battling issues at the quarterback position after a poor outing by Rick Clausen against Georgia two weeks ago. Last week, the Crimson Tide needed a field goal in the last seconds to beat Ole Miss. Meanwhile, the Vols had the week off after a performance to forget in a loss to Georgia 27-14. Alabama will be without their talented playmaker at wideout, Tyrone Prothro, who broke his leg against Florida.

So far this season, Alabama has used a balanced attack on offense. Running back Kenneth Darby of Alabama is one of the leading rushers in the SEC, displaying a bruising style with speed to burn. Quarterback Brodie Croyle has performed very well for ‘Bama, but the loss of Prothro means the Tide will rely more on the run. Tennessee was thought to have one of the best running games in the preseason, but Gerald Riggs has yet to equal his late last season performances. The Vols rank 101st in the nation on the ground through six games in the season. Combine this with controversy and inconsistency at quarterback and you have a struggling offense for Philip Fulmer and the Vols.

Defensively, Alabama boasts a strong unit allowing only 256 yards per game. This is good for first in the SEC and fifth in the country. The Vols have quite a defense themselves and rank 16th in the nation. To give you an idea of how strong the SEC is in defense, this ranks only 6th in the SEC.

Alabama will be looking for its first home victory over Tennessee since a 24-19 victory at Legion Field in 1991. The Vols will be facing their third top 10 team on the road this season. Tennessee is the best road team in the SEC since the conference expanded to 12 teams in 1992.
Alabama 21 Tennessee 18

More stats are located below the rest of the game previews.

#17 Auburn @ #6 LSU 7:45ET ESPN
LSU -6.5

Battle of the Tigers in Death Valley on Saturday night as Auburn visits LSU in a rematch of one of the best game in the SEC last season. LSU is coming of an emotional, hard-fought victory over Florida a week ago, while Auburn is cruising and on a five game winning streak.

Auburn ranks first in the SEC in scoring offense averaging just over 37 points per game. LSU is not too far behind with just under 31 a game. After struggling in a loss to Georgia Tech in the first game of the season, Auburn’s offense has improved dramatically and features a balanced attack. LSU is a better running team than passing, but JaMarcus Russell has the ability to sling the ball downfield to receivers Skyler Green and Early Doucet if the opportunity arises.

Defensively, both these teams were expected to be two of the best in the nation and have lived up to their billing for the most part. Auburn ranks third in scoring defense and sixth in total defense nationally. LSU is very stingy against the run allowing only 70 yards per game on the ground—good for third in the nation. Against the pass, LSU is feeling the loss of Nick Saban to the Miami Dolphins. Saban worked very closely with the secondary in his time in Baton Rouge and LSU has slipped to 58th in the nation against the pass. LSU also had five turnovers last week against Florida.

Despite winning five in a row and having one of the nation’s best offenses and defenses statistically, this will be Auburn’s first real test since their first game of the season. They should be able to pass the ball on a often confused LSU secondary, but running will be another thing. LSU rarely loses home night games and they gained a lot of confidence in their win over Florida last week.
LSU 21 Auburn 16

More stats are located below the rest of the game previews.

Arkansas @ #4 Georgia 12:30ET JP Sports
Georgia -19.5

The Bulldogs are in the driver’s seat and are heading towards Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. Everyone else in the SEC East has at least two conference losses. Arkansas has struggled this season and is looking to spring an upset. The Hogs are winless in the SEC this season.

Two of the best running backs in the SEC will be on display in Athens as Thomas Brown(UGA) and De Arrius Howard(Arkansas) go head to head. The Razorbacks rank sixth in the nation on the ground, but are 110th through the air with a paltry 136 yards per game.

As has been the last 4 years, Georgia possesses one of the best defenses in the nation. The Bulldogs are allowing just under 13 points per game and only 91 yards per game on the ground. The situation is quite different at Arkansas where the Hogs are giving up over 31 points per game to their opponents. Georgia is fifth in the nation in turnover margin (+1.5)

Georgia holds the advantage most everywhere in this game, but has historically been a bad home favorite. Arkansas has the worst record of Western Divison teams against the Eastern Division at 15-25, but they have been a tough out under Houston Nutt.
Georgia 31 Arkansas 14

#23 Virginia @ UNC 12:00ET JP Sports
UNC -1

Despite a big win of previously undefeated FSU last week, Virginia comes into this game as an underdog against the Tar Heels. The Tar Heels and Cavaliers are meeting for the 110th time, the most played series in the ACC. Virginia has won three in a row and 15 of the last 20 in the series.

Both teams have averaged 879.8 yards of total offense over the last four games. Virginia has posted back-to-back games of 500+ yards of total offense, while registering three straight 200+ rushing games. The Tar Heels are looking for consecutive home victories for just the fourth time in the last four years. Last year, Virginia downed UNC 56-24.
Virginia 28 UNC 24

NC State @ Wake Forest 3:30ET
NC State -3

Wake Forest welcomes NC State to Groves Stadium in the 99th meeting between both teams - the third most played series in the ACC. NC State has won four of the last five games, while the Deacs have tallied wins in three of the last four at home in the series. Wake Forest has rushed for 200+ yards in four of the last six games against NC State including back-to-back games of 202 yards.

The Wolfpack are looking for consecutive road wins for the first time since 2002 when NC State opened the year with four straight road wins. Since taking over at QB, Cory Randolph has posted the highest completion percentage (70.7) in the league. NC State leads the ACC in kickoff return yardage (35.4) and kickoff coverage allowing just 7.7 yards a return.
NC State 24 Wake Forest 22

#11 FSU @ Duke 3:30ET ESPNU
FSU -29.5

The Seminoles travel to Duke looking to rebound from a stunning loss to Virginia last week. The Blue Devils remain winless in the ACC and against Division I-A teams—their only win came against VMI. Florida State has scored 44 or more points in 12 of the 13 games played versus Duke. The Seminoles have outscored Duke 207-54 in four games played at Duke. The Blue Devils rank third in the league in time of possession (32:02), while FSU ranks 12th (27:26). Duke sits fourth in the ACC in pass defense averaging 182.3 yards per game.

FSU has recorded three straight games of 300+ yards passing, while the Seminole defense has held the opposition to under 100 yards rushing in four of their six games this season. Last year, FSU’s Gary Cismesia tied a school record with five FGs, as the Seminoles posted a 29-7 win over Duke.
FSU 45 Duke 9

Temple @ Clemson 12:40ET Comcast
Clemson -36

Temple continues its college football road tour by visiting Clemson this week for the Tigers Homecoming. Clemson scored a big intra-division victory last week by pounding NC State 31-10. The two teams meet for only the second time overall and for the first
time since the 1991 season. Under Tommy Bowden at home vs. non-conference opponents, Clemson has posted a record of 13-2-0 including five straight wins.

The Tigers recorded season-highs in rushing yards (243) and total offense (489) last week at NC State. Five of the six games played by Clemson in 2005 have been decided by six points or less (2-3). Temple faces an ACC opponent for the third consecutive week scoring just 10 points in the first two games (vs. MD & UM).
Clemson 42 Temple 7

Vanderbilt @ South Carolina 3:30ET
South Carolina -8

Vanderbilt has come back to Earth after a 4-0 start and is quickly heading towards a .500 record with three straight losses. The Gamecocks beat Kentucky last week as QB Blake Mitchell returned to action to lead Steve Spurrier’s aerial attack.

The Gamecocks lead the all-time series, 12-2. The teams first met in 1961 and have played every year since 1992. USC won each of the first seven tilts before Vandy broke through with back-to-back wins in 1998 and 1999. The Gamecocks have won the last five meetings, including a 31-6 rout in the 2004 season opener in Nashville. The Gamecocks have won five of the six previous meetings in Columbia and have won seven of eight contests in Nashville. USC was a 35-24 winner the last time the two teams hooked up in Columbia, Oct. 25, 2003.
South Carolina 31 Vanderbilt 20

Kentucky @ Ole Miss 2:00ET
Ole Miss -10.5

This will be the 38th meeting all-time between the Rebels and Wildcats and first since the 2001 season. Ole Miss holds a 25-12-1 edge in the series and has won five of the last six encounters. After seven years without a game, the teams matched up in 2000 and 2001 with the Rebels prevailing in each game, including a 42-31 count in Lexington in the last meeting.

Both Ole Miss and Kentucky will be looking for their first SEC victory of the year. Ole Miss has won eight of its last 12 games against SEC Eastern Division foes. Junior LB Patrick Willis leads the SEC in tackles at 12.6 per game. Redshirt freshman RB Mico McSwain needs 86 yards to reach the Rebel freshman rushing record. Offensively, the Cats are averaging 24.6 points per game and 291.0 yards of total offense. Sophomore QB Andre' Woodson has completed 64-of-109 passes for 792 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.
Ole Miss 27 Kentucky 17

Houston @ Miss. St.
Miss. St -1.5

Mississippi State can match its win total from 2004 with a win over Houston. That
would also match the Bulldogs’ highest win total since the 2000 season when State
was 8-4. While this will be the second time in the last three years that these two teams have squared off, it marks the first time since 1972 that UH has ventured into Mississippi. The Cougars own the most recent success in the all-time series after taking a 42-35 win over the Bulldogs in 2003. That MSU win is the only thing preventing an even longer streak for the Cougars who enter this weekend as winners of five of their last six games against the Bulldogs.
Miss St 14 Houston 13

Georgia Tech @ #7 Miami Postponed until Nov. 19

Thursday, October 20, 2005


Virginia Tech -10

Maryland has rebounded from a rough start to the season and comes into this game with some revenge on their mind. A year ago, Virginia Tech clobbered the Terps 55-6 in Blacksburg. The Hokies feature a solid ground attack, which does not bode well for the Terps—Maryland ranks 88th in the nation in stopping the run. Frank Beamer’s team makes its living on defense and special teams. They rank number one in scoring defense in the nation, number three in passing defense, and are second in turnover margin (+2). Meanwhile, the Terps are struggling some in the turnover area, coming in at 87th (-0.5), and in stopping the run by allowing 169.7 yards per game.

Virginia Tech is a very good road team having gone undefeated on the road since joining the ACC. Both coaches are masters at what they do and will have something up their sleeve after enjoying by weeks last week.

Marcus Vick has played solid all year and has been supported by a steady ground game. The Hokie defense has played outstanding all year. This may be Beamer’s best team since his 1999 team, which played FSU in the title game.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 28 Maryland 17

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


Virginia Tech and Maryland square-off for the second straight
year in ESPN’s Thursday night football...the Hokies have won two straight
in the series with both victories coming in Blacksburg, while Maryland has
won nine of the last 12...this is only the second meeting between the two teams
in the last 12 years 23 of the 27 meetings, the losing team has been held to
nine points or less...Virginia Tech is looking to go 7-0 for the first time since
2002 when the Hokies started 8-0...Maryland as won three straight -
its longest streak since winning five in a row to close the 2003 season...
Virginia Tech has allowed just one TD in the last 11 quarters of ACC play...
the Terps have recorded two straight 200+ yard rushing games.

Last year, Virginia Tech posted a 55-6 victory outrushing the Terrapins
239 to 56 in Blacksburg...the Hokies used four first half turnovers to take a 41-
3 halftime lead...Cedric Humes led all rushers with 85 yards, while Mike Imoh
tallied a pair of rushing TDs...the Terps’ Sam Hollenbach went 5-for-8 for 53 yards.

Statistical Comparison

VIRGINIA TECH......................................MARYLAND
39.3 ... (11) .....Scoring Offense ...............(47) ............28.5
177.7 ...(32) .....Rushing Offense ...............(45) ............158.0
187.2 ...(88) .....Passing Offense ...............(30) ............256.2
364.8 ...(65) .....Total Offense ...............(36) ............414.2
9.0 ... (1) .....Scoring Defense ...............(37) ............21.8
102.5 ...(20) .....Rushing Defense ...............(86) ............169.7
133.0 ...(3) .....Passing Defense ...............(5) .............146.7
235.5 ...(2) .....Total Defense ...............(27) ............316.3
2.00 ... (2) .....Turnover Margin ...............(87) ............-0.50