Thoughts on College Football

By: Jake Young
By: Jake Young

My thoughts on college football for Oct. 23rd

College football proves just how crazy it is, week in and week out, every season. That's no different this year, and we're seeing it all across the landscape right now.

Let's start with our annual death of multiple number one teams. Alabama couldn't handle South Carolina, Ohio State was bucked by Wisconsin, and this week, BCS #1 Oklahoma was controlled by undefeated Missouri. Nobody wants to be the top ranked team right now, but it looks like AP and Coaches Poll #1 Oregon will probably take over the top spot in the BCS this week as well. The Ducks have been absolutely dominant this season, and it makes me wonder if it's possible that they're not the normal Pac-10 team that's great until it faces other conferences.

That leads to Auburn. The Tigers got it done behind likely Heisman front runner Cam Newton today. The junior college transfer has been a surprising force this year, just like Mark Ingram was for Alabama in his Heisman season a year ago. Auburn is for real, but with games against resurgent Georgia and Alabama remaining, they'll need to continue proving it.

Let's talk about the local teams, starting with the Dawgs. Wow! What a turnaround. They were dominated by South Carolina, then lost heartbreakers three straight weeks to Mississippi State, Colorado and Arkansas. But don't look now. Georgia has a three game winning streak and are 4-4. Left for dead less than a month ago, the Dawgs are only a half game behind South Carolina in the SEC East. They'll have to prove they belong, though. The artist formerly known as the 'World's Largest Cocktail Party" is next week. And three weeks from now, UGA heads to Jordan Hare Stadium to face the above mentioned Auburn Tigers. With the defense playing the way it is right now, ANYTHING is possible. And a shout out to ECI's Washaun Ealey for setting a Bulldog record with five touchdowns tonight.

How about South Carolina?? There sure isn't as much excitement around this team as there was two weeks ago. They dominated the nation's number one, handed one to Kentucky, and then gutted out a win at Vanderbilt without freshman phenom Marcus Lattimore (ankle). Steve Spurrier is not happy with his quarterback situation, but he has to be happy the Georgia game already happened. The Gamecocks will be tested as well. They have a two week stretch of home against Arkansas and at Florida coming up.

Clemson sure seems to have exercised its demons. After a rough start, the Tigers have dominated Maryland and Georgia Tech in consecutive weeks. Clemson did exactly what they needed to against the Yellow Jackets this week. They grabbed a big early lead and forced Josh Nesbitt to throw the ball, something that's not his forte. Big win by the Tigers, and a fantastic first half by Andre Ellington. 120 yards rushing in the first half and a career high 166 overall.

I've written a lot, so I'll stop now. Let me know if you have anything to add! Have a great week!

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