Saturday, September 23, 2006

Week 4 Recap

For three plus quarters, Colorado dominated this game, but a resilient Georgia team was able to score two times in the last 9:11 of the game to pull this game by the hair on Uga's slobbery chin. The talk all week heading into this game was not about whether or not Colorado could give Georgia a game, but how much Ralphie would tear up the field. Well, for three quarters it looked as if Colorado was going to pull off a victory as four touchdown dogs. The Buffs limited Georgia to just 54 yards rushing and held the ball for over 19 minutes in the first half. The QB leading the come from behind victory was back up Joe Cox after starter Matt Stafford was pulled by Mark Richt. Cox was 10-13 for 154 yards and 2 TD in relief and will likely start next week @Ole Miss.

If you are Georgia fan, you have to be concerned about your offensive productivity with Stafford at the helm going forward. The defense played well in the second half keeping the game within two scores. The turning point I think was when Colorado recovered a fumble at the Georgia 19, but only managed three points. If you want to beat a team like Georgia you need to get touchdowns with that field position, not field goals. I think this game got Georgia's attention and I doubt you will see the Bulldogs challenged this much by a greatly inferior team again this season.
Colorado covered, Under
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This game was not over not long after UNC got off the bus in Death Valley. Clemson rushed for seven touchdowns on the ground, four of them by James Davis. At halftime, the Tigers were up 35-0 and never looked back and the Tar Heels managed just three first downs in the first two quarters. Clemson racked up 30 first downs and 504 yards of total offense, while holding UNC to just 8 first downs and 150 yards of total offense. The one bright spot for North Carolina really were no bright spots.

Clemson followed up their big win at FSU with a beat down of North Carolina. An argument could be made that the Tigers are the best team in the ACC at this point in the season, but they need Boston College to lose twice in order for the Tigers to have a shot at Jacksonville. North Carolina has less than two months before basketball starts; they can get revenge vs Clemson on the hardwood.
Clemson Covered, Over
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The Seminoles offense finally showed up today even if it was against Rice. FSU scored 55 points tackling the Over by themselves. After Rice tied the game at 7 in the first quarter, but the Noles ripped off 48 unanswered points racking up nearly 500 yards of total offense. Drew Weatherford started the game completing 8 of 12 for 102 yards, but the Seminoles to advantage of porous Rice defense to rush for 285 yards on the ground.

If you're a Seminoles fan you are a little encouraged by the offensive output, but it was against Rice.
FSU Covered, Over
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The Gators came out firing in this game scoring on their first drive, but the missed extra point was an omen of things to come. Florida won the game easily, but had many more chances to put points on the board only to misfire in the red zone. Chris Leak had another solid game throwing for 268 yards and 2 TD. Kentucky's Andre' Woodson had a good game too completing 26 of 38, but he was sacked six times and the Wildcats could not get a ground game going.

The Gators now enter the meat of their schedule. Their next four games are vAlabama, vLSU, @ Auburn, and vGeorgia over a five week span. I think the Gators have some kinks to work out on offense, but their defense looks very solid and good enough to give them a chance of winning all four of these games.
Kentucky Covered, Under
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Sidney Rice, Sidney Rice, Sidney Rice had 5 touchdowns for the Gamecocks who continued the Florida Atlantic woodshed tour. Maybe this give this South Carolina offense some confidence. Question is - is Syvelle Newton the starter when Blake Mitchell returns from suspension?
South Carolina Covered, Over

Around the rest of the ACC...
Virginia Tech survived a halftime scare versus Cincinnati by scoring 17 unanswered points in the second half. The Hokies have a big matchup in a game that could decide the Coastal division against Georgia Tech next week. Wake Forest went to Oxford without their starting QB and starting RB and still whooped up on Ole Miss 27-3. NC State used a hail mary play to beat Boston College 17-15 in Raleigh in a spectacular game. Maryland squeaked by Florida International 14-10.

Around the rest of the SEC...
Alabama and Arkansas played a double overtime classic in Fayetteville with the Razorbacks winning largely because of the kicking woes of Alabama. The Tide were missed a FG in the first overtime and and an XP in the second overtime allowing the Razorbacks to win by 1, 24-23. LSU dismantled Tulane in the Battle of the Tiger Rag 49-7. Vanderbilt beat up on crosstown Tennessee St. 38-9. Tennessee drove over Marshall in a driving rainstorm in Knoxville 33-7. Auburn played its backups and beat Buffalo 38-7. And Miss St finally got a win in overtime over UAB 16-10.

Musings from around the nation...
If you look at the score, you would think Ohio St ran over Penn St, but two interceptions returned for touchdowns in the last two minutes allowed the Buckeyes to seal the victory and then cover the spread ;) West Virginia struggled for three quarters against East Carolina, but pulled away at the end. Notre Dame came back from the dead to defeat Michigan St 40-37 behind 5 TD passes from Brady Quinn. This could be huge momentum swing for the Irish and might have saved their BCS hopes (and $14 million).

This Week: 5-0 SU, 2-3 ATS, 3-2 O/U
Season: 17-4 SU, 10-11 ATS, 16-5 O/U

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