Sunday, October 1, 2006

Thoughts From This Weekend

Round 1 in the fight for the Coastal Division of the ACC went to Georgia Tech as they jumped up 21-0 and never led by less than eight in win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. The Yellow Jackets avenged a 44 point loss last year and took the lead in the Coastal Division. The tone of this game was set on the first play with a long pass to James Johnson, who caught the Hokies with three eyes on Calvin Johnson. Georgia Tech's next possession produced another score as Reggie Ball drew up the Hokie defense and dumped the ball off to Calvin Johnson again. Johnson then raced 53 yards to the endzone pulling away from Hokie defenders. The Hokies pulled within 11 by halftime, but a fumble return for a TD by Jacket LB Gary Guyton sealed the victory early in the third quarter.

Reggie Ball was solid in the win completing 9 of 16 for 176 yards and 2 TD. Tashard Choice ran for two scores and 107 yards on just 18 carries. The Yellow Jackets were able to keep the Hokies D off balance with a good mix of run and pass. The Hokies were really beat at their game by having a punt blocked of their own and not getting to one themselves. The two interceptions Va Tech managed only got them six points as the Jackets defense buckled down on a short field.

For Georgia Tech, they must be able to play while out in front of the Division race. They must also guard against a let down this week at home against Maryland who had a bye week this week to rest up. I thought the Jackets would keep it close, but it surprised with how easily they won this game. For Frank Beamer's crew, they have a long way to go on offense. The Hokies managed just 42 yards rushing and were aided by some calls that went their way to help make the deficit. They must win out and hope Ga Tech loses twice to make it to Jacksonville.
Georgia Tech Covers, Over

The Bulldogs escaped another close on as their offense sputtered once again. The QB "controversy" has not been solved and a third wrench may be added in this week with the possible return of Joe Tereshinski from injury. One big bright spot was the running of Kregg Lumpkin. The Bulldogs will need to score more than 14 if they want to beat Tennessee this Saturday in what is a must win for the Vols in the SEC race.
Ole Miss Covers, Under

I thought Alabama would give the Gators a fight in this game, and they did until a bobbling TD catch by Dallas Baker finally gave the Gators some breathing room in the fourth quarter as they managed to cover against the Tide. Chris Leak was shaky at times in the first half, including a fumble returned by Alabama for a TD. The Gators are 1-0 in their murderous four game stretch - up next is LSU in what figures to be a defensive struggle to say the least. Florida will have to play a little better on offense if they want to score on a team like LSU.
Florida Covers, Over

Wow! The Hurricanes were actually down in this game and needed a breakout performance from true freshman Javarris James in order to come from behind and beat the Cougars of Houston. It was said that three planes would be circling the Orange Bowl displaying "Fire Coker" signs in so many words, but the planes may have turned into vultures after the one point win. Miami still has serious issues on the offensive line, as Kyle Wright was running for his life most of the night again. You can tell on the offensive side of the ball this Miami team does not have even close to the skill level of teams past. The defense played well against one of the better passing teams in the nation, but this unit is not as dominant as years past. In what could be a match of lame duck coaches, North Carolina comes to Miami next week.
Houston Covers, Under

Not much to discuss here as the Tigers simply rolled over La Tech in their second straight 50+ plus performance on offense. Up next is the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, who have beaten the Tigers 2 out of the last 3 years. This is the strongest team Tommy Bowden has had, but Wake has been very impressive despite losing their starting QB and starting TB to injury.
Clemson Covers, Under

The Tigers looked like they were going to run away with this game in the third quarter after recovering an onside kick to make the South Carolina defense play the entire third quarter without the offense ever seeing the ball. But the fortunes reversed in the fourth with the Gamecock offense controlling the clock. I thought Syvelle Newton played excellent at QB and should be the starter the rest of the way. He runs with such ease and can escape defenders while passing on the run. South Carolina had an excellent chance to tie the game, but a pass fell of the hands of a wide open TE at the goalline. This game was a confidence builder for Spurrier's club as they hung with the #2/#3 team in the country for 60 minutes despite not even seeing the ball in the 3rd quarter. If Auburn plays like they did on Thursday against an elite team, I don't know if they will come out with a win.
South Carolina Covers, Over

This Week: 5-1 SU, 2-4 ATS, 5-1 O/U
Season: 22-5 SU, 12-15 ATS, 21-6 O/U

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