College Football afternoon delights…

Well, I am delighted Georgia Tech beat Boston College 37-17.  That being said, I fear that BC is not a legitimate litmus test for the GT defense under interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly.  A much stronger test is coming next week when BYU comes to Atlanta (BYU was just edged out by Notre Dame 17-14 today, more later).  I was not pleased to see Georgia Tech struggle mightily with their kicking game, missing two field goals and having one blocked.  On a high note, they had over 400 yards of total offense in the first half, well over 500 for the game and held BC to under 300 yards total offense.  Moreover, I am thrilled to see Paul Johnson playing both Tevin Washington and Vad Lee at QB.  I have been calling for Vad Lee to get playing time all season.  Perhaps this can be the start of the season, part deux for the Jackets and they can get on a roll.  OK, a win is a win and they badly needed one!  So onto other afternoon games…

19 Clemson snuffed out any doubt about whether Virginia Tech was going to make a come back this year from a dismal start, dismantling them 38-17.  Clemson remains in contention to win the ACC Atlantic Division and will be keeping an eye on what happens tonight in Miami between FSU and the Canes.

3 LSU traveled to take on Texas A & M and the “12 Man” along with their budding superstar QB Johnny “Football” Manziel and took care of business, winning 24-19.  They were the recipients of four turnovers and capitalized.  Their defense looked like what we expect the Tiger defense to look like and they remain a factor to be reckoned with in the SEC West.  Alabama will come a calling in early November…

This afternoon’s marque match up in the SEC turned out to be a BLOWOUT!!  The old ball coach took his Gamecocks to the swamp to face Florida and this one was not even close, with Florida winning 44-11!  Speaking of turnovers, seems to have been the theme of the day so far.  South Carolina made mistake after mistake on special teams, and Florida was gifted possessions on the 24 yard line, the 3 yard line, and the 1 yard line to set up three of their scores.  Thank you very much they said to their former coach and QB, Steve Spurrier.  I did not see the visor get thrown, but I may have been on remote control switch mode and missed it.  Very disappointing past two performances for South Carolina, last weekend in Baton Rouge and now this week in Gainesville.  Next week in Jacksonville for the outdoor cocktail party against UGA will be huge for Florida.  If they win (and I will make an early prediction and say yes, they will) they will be in the driver’s seat in the SEC East.

As mentioned earlier, Notre Dame survived a strong performance by BYU to remain undefeated, winning 17-14 in South Bend.  Not a great performance by Notre Dame this week, especially offensively.  Big game for them next week at 9 Oklahoma!

Tonight’s games feature 1 Alabama at Tennessee, 11 UGA at Kentucky, 4 Kansas State at 13 West Virginia, and 14 FSU at Miami (this game seems to always have drama, remember wide left, wide left, oh yeah, and wide right)!

Stay tuned…


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