Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE
It was a fun week in college football as everything we thought we knew got turned on its head. Clemson's opponents joined in with the trend as things went crazy in the Coastal Divison
Remember that time when everyone was worried that there would be 4 undefeated teams for 2 BCS title spots? Yea just goes to show that you have to play all 12-13 games before making any judgements. Also despite hopes of some fans, College Game Day is going to the USC-Notre Dame game. Not a big shock given the love fest that ESPN likes to do, but I think UF-FSU or Clemson - USC would've been much better given the high ranking of both teams. Enough bitching, lets get on with looking at how Clemson's opponents this week.
As a reminder all rankings are from the AP Poll, and click on the team name for a game report article.
Georgia #3 (10-1):
Auburn Tigers (3-8):
Auburn continues to stumble towards they finish line. This one was a pretty simple victory over lightweights Alabama AA&M 51-7. It was a nice victory for the seniors in their final game at home, and now all the Tigers have to look forward to is a date against an Alabama team that has life in the MNC race. With UT already getting rid of Dooley, it would be a shock if Chizik keeps his job.
How sad is it that Ball State has the third best record of all the teams on our schedule? The Cardinals put a 52-27 whippin on the Ohio Bobcats. Both teams had over 400 yards of offense, and the Bobcats will feel a bit upset that they couldn't put more points on the board.
Furman Paladins (3-8):
Furman finished up a depressing season with a 42-20 loss to the Citadel. The Paladins were beat in every phase of the game and just didn't seem to want to be there. This is the first time the Citadel has won in Greenville since 1998, and the Paladins will need to take a long look in the mirror during the offseason.
We all knew how this game was going to end despite our hope that there would be an upset. FSU came out and destroyed the Terps 41-14. Both teams turned the ball over twice, but Florida State never really had an issue in this game. With the victory the Seminoles secured their place in the ACC title game, and likely a place in the Orange Bowl.
BC tried to make a game of this one, but in the end VT had enough talent on the field to emerge with a 30-23 win in overtime. VT can now become bowl eligible for the 20th straight season with a win next weekend, and the Hokies snapped their losing streak away from home at 7 games. Logan Thomas finally had a solid game in terms of numbers, but the offense never seemed to put things together all afternoon. Thomas threw a touchdown pass in overtime before the Hokies defense stopped BC 5 yards from the end zone to seal the victory. For BC this marks the end of the an era as reports have surface that the school is already making plans for a head coaching search.
In typical Coastal division fashion, Georgia Tech upset the apple cart with a victory over Duke 42-24. The triple option was firing on all cylinders for over 400 yards of offense, and somehow the defense did not set itself on fire trying to tackle folks. To clinch the coastal Georgia Tech now needs to Duke to defeat Miami. If Miami wins it would create a tie at the top of the division which Miami would win due to their victory over Georgia Tech earlier this year. Of course no one is sure if Miami would impose a bowl ban due to NCAA issues. Just another week in the Coastal Divison i guess.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-6) (3-5):
Wake Forest got the honor of traveling to South Bend as the Notre Dame faithful fellated themselves for 60 minutes of football. With results around the country the Irish are now #1 in the country, and only a Trojan upset separates them from a trip the national title game. As for Wake, hope is not lost as they can still get to bowl eligibility with a win next weekend.
South Carolina Gamecocks #13 (9-2):
Wofford did it again as they hung in with USC until late when the Gamecocks pulled away late. Shaw had a quiet day with 122 yards and a touchdown to go with another interception. Spurrier didn't seem to do anything fancy in the limited time I saw, and there is no doubt the team was looking ahead to our big game.