Well that sucked. Despite all the upsets and crazy outcomes everywhere else, it was the same old story for Clemson. I'll be honest, I didn't even get that angry about Saturday. I realized that the worst part of the whole thing was not the loss nor the underachievement. Instead it was the fact that every loss we have had during the past three years happens the exact same way. There were no surprises on Saturday, merely a continued existence of Clemson football in its current state. That is the worst part of this whole thing.
After Aaron Murray went down with a torn ACL last week, this game got a lot more interesting. Although Georgia has been down this year, they should have been able to handle Tech with ease. That didn't happen this time around, but the Bulldogs were able to prevail 41-34 in a game that took two overtimes to finish. Georgia Tech roared to a 20-7 lead at halftime, but screwed it all up with a special amount of incompetence Georgia's Hutson Mason did well in his first start, throwing for almost 300 yards and 2 TDs.
The Bulldogs season ended in the first round of the FCS playoffs after they lost to Furman 30-20. It caps off a pretty good season for SC State, and it will be interesting to see where they go from here.
Maryland closed out their final season in the ACC with a 41-21 spanking of NC State. For the turtles it makes the end of an era and what has been the most successful season under Randy Edsall. Maryland will be going bowling in some capacity, and NC State is going back to the drawing board. It was a disappointing season for a team that most expected to finish third in the Atlantic. Instead they finish dead last.
Good news for Wake Forest, they didn't finish last in the division. Bad news, they lost to Vanderbilt to close out the season. In a match up that has never been about rivalry, these two nerd schools went at it in a game that may have been watchable, and if not at least it was close. Vanderbilt eked out the win 23-21 on a field goal with less than a minute left. Shockingly enough Wake Forest couldn't muster up a last second drive to win. They aren't Auburn after all. Wake Forest heads into the offseason looking for a replacement at head coach after Jim Grobe announced his resignation on Monday.
In the only true college football rivalry in the northeast, Syracuse became bowl eligible by beating BC 34-31. For anyone interested, Andre Williams' Heisman campaign came to a grinding halt. He had 9 carries for 29 yards against a team that isn't exactly known for a stalwart rushing defense. He did leave with an injury in the third quarter, but even before his departure it was not a game Williams would want to remember. For Syracuse getting to .500 was an achievement after a very disappointing first month of the season. The Orange did ok in their ACC arrival, but will need to improve if they have any hope of competing for a division title.
It took a little while, but Florida State finally kicked Florida in the pants and won 37-7. Things were a little hectic early when Winston threw an ugly interception in the first quarter, but Florida couldn't continue their success and the freshman phenom capped off what is likely to be a Heisman campaign. The Seminoles are now headed to Charlotte to face off against a surprising Duke squad. A victory there will send them to Pasadena to play for a national title. A loss will likely send them to the Peach Bowl.
It is Monday and Mike London still has a job. That is a depressing thought after the Cavs finished out a defeated ACC slate by losing to Virginia Tech 16-6. It was another display of ineptitude for Virginia, and you have to wonder just how London is keeping his job. He has to have some pictures of the AD or something.
The Citadel: 5-7
The Citadel did not play this weekend after missing out on the FCS playoffs. On to the offseason for these kids.