Monday, September 17, 2007

Week 3 Recap

Two unexpected blowout and an SEC West thriller highlighted the action of September 15. The Tim Tebow looks to be off to a strong start in Gainesville, while Boston College took the ACC by horns in a dissecting road victory of Georgia Tech. Alabama and Arkansas played a thriller for the second year in a row and Saban has officially arrived.

Games I watched.....

Florida 59 Tennesee 20
Take a look at that score. 59 points against Tennessee is unheard of, but is pretty apparent that the Vols are not what they used to be. John Chavous' defense gave up over 500 yards of offense, including 31 straight points from the 3rd quarter on. The Gators are still searching for a reliable running back, but Percy Harvin and Tebow are filling the void for now. The loser of this game has not played in the SECCG since 1997. The Vols will have their work cut out the rest of the season, but they do get Georgia and South Carolina at home this year. They have Arkansas State at home, then a bye before Georgia comes to Knoxville. The Gators travel to Ole Miss and then have a home game against a suddenly anemic Auburn before the big showdown in Baton Rouge.

Boston College 24 Georgia Tech 10
This game was not as close as the score says. The Eagles dominated both sides of the ball shutting down Tashard Choice, ending his streak of 7 straight 100 yards game, while Matt Ryan torched the Tech secondary for over 400 yards passing. Tech's blitzing scheme did not work against a stout BC line and a gameplan of getting the ball out of Ryan's hands quickly. The execution of offense was some of the best I have seen from an ACC team in a while. Ryan's passes were point, the receivers caught nearly every pass, and the o-line held their ground against persistent pressure. Conversely, the Yellow Jackets were plagued with dropped passes and long third downs resulting in a 2-14 conversion rate. One positive for the Yellow Jackets was their run defense that kept the Eagles to under 3 yards per carry. The Eagles are not 3-0 in the ACC and have three very winnable out of conference games before going to Blacksburg on Oct 25. Georgia Tech must regroup and travel to Virginia where they have not won since 1990.

Other Thoughts on the Weekend...
Arkansas - Alabama was a game frought with coaching headlines. The Crimson Tide fans are in a tizzy after beating the 16th ranked Hogs in the 4th quarter. They better get their horses ready as Georgia comes to T-town this week. Arkansas showed they can score despite not having an every down QB to throw the ball. The Hogs have to regroup quickly as Kentucky comes to Fayetteville this weekend. The Wildcats survived an offensive shootout with Louisville and Rich Brooks finally got a big win. Kentucky could have the best offense in the SEC, but they won't be able to stop many people. Their game with Arkansas may total 80 points with all that firepower on the same field. The Miss State "shocker" over Auburn was the big surprise of the weekend. Freshman Kodi Burns had to come off the bench to help try and spark a turnover-ridden offense. The Tigers cannot stop from shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers. Miss State needs to build on this win and turn it into a 2-3 win SEC season and not just one big win for the program.

Did anybody notice who was running the ball for Florida International against Miami? That's right... the famous Ned who made an appearance during the brawl last year, crutches in hand. I think Miami will only go as far as their QBs will take them and that doesn't look very far right now. Florida State surprised with their ease in a victory over Colorado in Boulder, but again they will only go as far as Drew Weatherford can take them...see Miami. I think the Hokies move to start freshman Tyrod Taylor will pay off in the future, but I worry about Sean Glennon's comment possibly splitting the team.


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