Great weekend for the Frogs, good weekend for the rankings as we moved to 15th in both polls and, more notably, great weekend for the unwashed masses, otherwise known as the non-AQ leagues. We may not have won all of the intersectional games this weekend, but we won the big ones that were televised, and that’s a HUGE step in the right direction. We all love tearing down the BCS hierarchy, and this weekend has to have kicked their blood pressures up quite a few notches. While the mtn. west missed its major upset opportunity in Las Vegas, our other brothers in arms more than made up for this and really shook things up for the rest of the season. Let’s take a look – rankings reflect new rankings this week.
#14/13 Georgia Tech 30, Clemson 27. If you didn’t catch this one, you’ll see this final score and view it as another evenly matched despite the rankings ACC game where one team simply out field goal’d the other. What you won’t see is that the score was quickly 24-0 in the first half and Georgia Tech simply took their foot off Clemson’s neck. Georgia Tech pulled out all the stops – a fake FG touchdown, last second FG to win, returning a Clemson pooch punt for a TD. They absolutely ran circles around the Tigers.
Honestly though, that’s not exactly how it went. I mean, yes, on one hand, I do believe the Yellow Jackets kind of took the heat off once they saw how soundly they were winning, but Clemson showed quite a bit of resiliency in this one. Heck, they were up 27-24 and likely would’ve won had it not been for a penalty on a play that would’ve given the Tigers the ball in the GT red zone. Clemson redshirt freshman QB Kyle Parker looked mighty shaky in the first half, but he settled down in the second and did quite a bit of growing up. Clemson has a refresher game against Boston College this weekend at home before the Frogs come to town, so that one might be worth watching via ESPN360 assuming you aren’t already tailgating for our game, which you should be.
UR/UR Notre Dame 34, 25/UR Michigan 38. Oh and how glorious it was! I don’t care much for Michigan, but I HATE Notre Dame as much as any other college team I dislike, so watching the Fightin' Fupas go down in the closing seconds was extremely satisfying. And to make it even moreso, the Weis himself is totally at fault for not running the clock at the end of the game, opting for 2 incomplete passes which gave Michigan the chance to make the game winning drive. Emu Clausen had a better game from a statistical standpoint, but Tate Forcier proved to be a solid dual threat QB and, more importantly, got the win. Seeing Notre Dame in the “Also Receiving Votes” section makes work worth coming into on Mondays.
#23/20 Georgia 41, South Carolina 37. Did not watch much of this one as it ran counter to USC/Ohio State, but it held true to form in the margin of victory aspect for this series. On the other hand, it was much more of a shootout than previous games between the two schools and actually came down to the final snap when Georgia’s Rennie Curran batted down a Stephen Garcia 4th down pass in the end zone. Lots of sloppy play, including 24 penalties, and special teams scores were the story of this game. Neither team proved much to anyone as that Georgia loss to Oklahoma State looks a lot worse after their Saturday, and I’m pretty sure no one expected South Carolina to put up 37 points in any game all year. This lack of respect showed as the pollsters dropped Georgia two spots in the AP poll, but they gained one in the Coaches.
#10/10 Boise State 48, Miami Ohio 0. Well, two games in, 0 points for Miami of Ohio. Pretty terrible. No one expected much in this game and they were right. Kellen Moore tossed 4 TDs for the Broncos and the defense allowed only 194 total yards despite losing the TOP battle by 10 minutes. Sounds like Boise works fast and they’re still a BCS road block for us.
#9/7(tie) LSU 23, Vanderbilt 9. Not exactly the romp I expected – in fact, it was pretty close – but LSU got the job done and got a nice rankings boost in both polls, moving up 2 spots in each. A late LSU TD by running back Keiland Williams eventually put it out of reach, but whew, if I’m an LSU fan, I don’t feel too good about my team right now after allowing two sub par teams to hang around. As suspected, the LSU passing game didn’t have too much zip on it as Jefferson aired it out 20 times for 138 yards and no TDs, but he also didn’t throw any picks, so I suppose that’s a small, managing the game type victory. They have a few more tune ups between now and October 10th when the Gators come to town so if I’m the Hat, I’m working overtime in those games to get this team where its unruly and unrealistic fan base expects it to be, as impossible as tha tmay be.
#12/12 Oklahoma 64, Idaho State 0. OU fans surely blew this win out of proportion and declared their Sooners to be back after absolutely destroying Idaho State with a backup QB, but the real win for these guys was what happened earlier in Stillwater. Combined with Texas looking beatable for one half in Laramie, OU may not be able to beat the MWC, but hey, at least a Big 12 South title still looks within reach. All kidding aside, The Ghost of James Battle could’ve won this game with a broken arm, so perhaps a rankings boost wasn’t exactly in order. Landry Jones at least looked partially like the record setting HS QB of his former years, tossing 3 Tds while completing 18/32 for 236 yards and… why am I congratulating OU again? Next.
#13/14 Virginia Tech 52, Marshall 10. The Randy Moss’ got their Byron Leftwich on and got fisted in Blacksburg. I have no idea what that sentence is supposed to mean.
#24/19 North Carolina 12, Connecticut 10. This game should’ve gone the other way. When you’re a ranked team and you only beat Connecticut with a late safety, you deserve that 5 spot drop in the polls. Apparently the coaches had on their rose colored glasses when they put in their votes for the Tar Heels.
#3/3 USC 18, #11/11 Ohio State 15. Yeah so, hope you didn’t heed my advice on that whole “life savings” thing. Just goes to show that there’s no such thing as a sure bet unless it’s Houston +15.5 at Okie State or TCU -11 at Virginia. Very entertaining game capped by a phenomenal fourth quarter drive led by USC QB Matt Barkley. Sorry, Aaron Corp, you’re officially the new Matt Cassel, although Cassel’s wallet suggests this isn’t a bad thing. I don’t like USC any more than anyone else, but I’m buying the hype on this kid… until they lose to Oregon State or Washington mid season. Ohio State continues to demonstrate futility in big games and further illustrates how ridiculous the BCS process is as they have as good of a chance as anyone of making the Rose Bowl, although a potential rematch of this game might be worth checking out.
#16/17 Oklahoma State 35, #21/UR Houston 45. Finally, the one that really spun the college football world on its heads. For once, the pundits called for an upset all off season and they got it. This is the result that ended up giving us our rankings boost, which is surprising because I in no way thought a loss would drop Oklahoma State that far. Apparently the pollsters don’t care for my opinions. Fortunately I took the points in this one, but I still figured OSU would win by 2 TDs simply because they were at home. Houston might be a force to be reckoned with… for me to poop on. These guys are going to move into the rankings watch this week, but have no fear Frogs fans – they still play in CUSA which means they’ll get even less respect than we will in the late season polls. Think Ball State last year. They do have Tech coming to Houston in two weeks which should be worth a look, but Tech isn’t going anywhere and OSU will lose another game or two along the way, so expect that to hurt their SOS. Still, you can’t deny that Case Keenum is a pretty good QB as he put up 366 yards and 3 TDs against a defense that only gave up 10 to Georgia a week ago, although we know now Georgia’s true colors. I don’t know, I just don’t like Houston so I hate to give them credit.
So that’s it. Like I said, great week for the Non Automatics, especially with Toledo gut punching Colorado and Central Michigan creeping past Michigan State on some late game heroics. Interesting how the AP pollster were a lot more harsh on underachieving teams than the coaches, but I guess they must be protecting their own. The top 25 preview will come later in the week, but don’t’ expect the Frogs to do much moving and shaking as Texas State isn’t exactly a respected football powerhouse. Still, quite a few decent games on the schedule this weekend, but you’ll just have to wait and see what they mean for us… unless you go to ESPN.com, then you can see for yourself.