Senior Day, Military Appreciation Day and more…

It was Senior Day throughout the country, and it was Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day in the ATL.  Georgia Tech rolled over Duke, 42 -24, and became bowl eligible.  Moreover, they remain alive in the race for the Coastal Division in the ACC.  They need Duke to beat Miami next weekend, or have Miami decide to self impose a postseason ban on themselves (now that they are also bowl eligible after defeating South Florida 40 – 6).  If Miami does not choose to do so (as NCAA investigation continues to loom over them), and they beat Duke next weekend, Miami wins the Coastal Division.  If Duke wins, GT wins Coastal Division.  FSU has already defeated both Miami and Duke, why not let GT take them on???

In Atlanta, senior quarterback Tevin Washington broke the ACC rushing TD record for a quarterback, (36) previously held by former GT quarterback Joshua Nesbitt.  Washington played most of the game, Vad Lee made a brief appearance, and Tevin scored one rushing TD and threw for two touchdowns.  The kicking game looked somewhat weak, with Chris Tanner taking over again this week due to injuries.  Otherwise, Georgia Tech looked really good.  The defense, now simplified and no longer in the 3 – 4, seems to be adjusting and performing better.  Duke is no slouch so things have gone in the right direction since a few weeks ago when they looked downright bleak.  Next up, UGA in Athens.  The dawgs got to practice against Georgia Southern’s version of the triple option today, but GT will bring a much more powerful and talented bunch to Athens.  Hopefully, it will be a good one (do not want GT to get embarrassed!!!!)  We shall see…will be interesting to see who plays at QB, likely both Tevin and Vad.

Elsewhere: 11 Clemson overcame a very slow start and steamrolled N C State, 62 – 48;  3 Notre Dame remained undefeated having no trouble with Wake Forest, winning 38 – 0;  7 LSU had a whole lot of trouble with Ole Miss in Baton Rouge, scoring a winning TD with 15 seconds remaining in the game to prevail, 41 – 35;  24 Oklahoma State pounded 23 Texas Tech, 59 – 21 (Wow!);  and in Los Angeles on a rare rainy day, 17 UCLA beat 18 USC, 38 – 28.  UCLA wins the Pac-12 south and will await the results of Oregon’s games to see who they play in the Pac 12 Championship game.  A once promising season for USC, return of Matt Barkley, who was injured late in the game, preseason number one ranking, and tons of talent with Lee and Woods, has absolutely gone to heck in a hand basket.  Have to wander how this will affect the future of Lane Kiffin with all the recruiting limits still to be dealt with in the next years due to NCAA penalties!  A bit of a shift in the balance of power out in LA with Jim Mora, Jr. in his first year at  UCLA (son of former Falcon’s coach).

Ohio State is now 11 – 0 after surviving Wisconsin, 21 – 14 in Urban Meyer’s debut year there.  They are not eligible for post season play or being ranked in the BCS.

Two big games tonight: 13 Stanford at 2 Oregon and 1 Kansas State at Baylor.

Until later…

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