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PAGE 2-B HOGANSVILLE HOME NEWS - THURSDAY, SEPT. 29, 2005 College Football ? rews, Analysis an, t Prognostications The Gridiron Gazette • LSU AT MISSISSIPPI STATE Sylvester Croom's Bulldogs welcomed their brethren from the SEC East last weekend, and while the result xasn't what the Starkvillians wanted, Mississippi State proved that it has plenty of fight. They'll need to come out of their corner again when Les Miles and his Tigers visit the Mississippi pine country. LSU has been living in a perpetual state of uncertainty for the past month, but there isn't much uncertainty about this one. LSU 42 - Mississippi State 10 MISSISSIPPI AT TENNESSEE Mississippi finds itself in a world of hurt. After going down to Vandy, then losing to Wyoming at home, head coach Ed Orgeron must find a way to keep his Rebels fi'om mounting all insurgency from within. Now they head to the banks of the Tennessee River where Phillip Fulmer is trying to keep the Volunteers in the hunt, and they'll find the scent before this one's through. Tennessee 45 - Mississippi 17 SOUTH CAROLINAAT AUBURN Steve Spurrier did what he does best last weekend when his Gamecocks rang up 45 points on Troy. Of course, South Carolina could still only muster an average of 2.8 yards per rush for a measly 116 yards on the ground. Which means that Tommy Tuberville's Auburn Tigers will have their ears pinned back, and the Prettiest Little Village on the Plains won't look pretty, at all to Gamecock quarterback Blake Mitchell. Auburn 21 - South Carolina 17 FLORIDA AT ALABAMA Alabanm met with more resistance than expected when Arkansas visited Tuscaloosa last Saturday. This weekend's visitors are the Gators from Gainesville, and that presents the Tide with a bit more of a challenge. 'Florida went to Lexington last weekend and looked about as fast and thoroughly bred as the horseflesh at Keeneland, but the quality of the competition will be a little better on Saturday, and that will make all the • difference. Florida 28 - Alabama 27 MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT VANDERBILT Vandy upped its record to 4 - 0 when it avoided a letdown against Richmond Now the Blue Raiders ride into Nashville from the south, and Bobby Johnson has to figure another way to keep his Commodores from slipping on a gridiron banana peel. Andy McCollum's Middle Tennesseans sprung the upset on Vandy in 2001, but tfiat was then and this is now. Vanderbilt 24 Middle Tennessee 7 s ,- ..... MICHIGAN AT MICHIGAN STATE Michigan State has been scoring in bunches on its way to a 4 - 0 record, but three of the Spartans wins came against Kent State, Hawaii, and Illinois. Now the road gets a little rougher, and John L. Smith has to find a way to keep his team rolling downhill• The Maize and Blue used to be an intinfidating sight to the folks in East I ,ansing, but they won't .scare anyone on Saturday. Michigan State 31 - Michigan 26 NOTRE DAME AT PURDUE Purdue had its heart ripped out against Minnesota last Saturday, and things don't get any easier when Notre Dame visits West Lafayette. Charlie Weis and his Golden Domers looked lackluster agamst Washington. but they need to find a way to polish their game on Saturday or they could be in for trouble Purdue 30 - Notre Dame 27 SOUTHERN CALAT ARIZONA STATE The Trojans trip to Tempe represents the last time they'll be challenged in Pac-10 pla3; and some pigskin pundits think Pete Carroll will find his Waterloo in the desert• The Sun Devils are a capable bunch on any other day, but the Trojans are out of this world and will have their way with Arizona State's lilliputian cornerbacks. Southern Ca142 -Arizona State 31 137 Hight Drive Watkinsville, GA, 30677 * gridirongazette@charter.net * 706-255-0222 ut where the sun sets, Southern Cat, the No. 1 team in the land, fell behind 13 - 0 to Oregon and looked beatable for about the first ten minutes. Then head coach Pete Carroll held a match to his team's fuse, and it was like his players had rocket fuel coursing through their veins. The Trojan defense went the rest of the way without giving up a point, and the offense went off like a Roman candle, and Southern Cat prevailed 45 - 13. Here in God's country, where football is played for all the right reasons, there were several telling results. It was a tale of two halves when LSU and Tennessee met in Baton Rouge last Monday night. In the first half, Tennessee ran into a buzz saw of emotion, and LSU took a 21 - 0 • lead into the locker room. It looked for all the world like the Tigers would put the pain of the people of Louisiana on their shoulders and carry, it away, and that Tennessee's hopes of an SEC title were evanescing like so much smoke. But in the second half it was as if the Tennessee trainers had given each of their players a shot of vitamin B-12. Volunteer quarterback Rick Clausen, who transferred from LSU to Tennessee in 2003, put his steadying. hand on the helm of a Big Orange ship that starting quarterback Erik Ainge had nearly steered into the rocks, and the men from Knoxville came alive to win 30 - 27 ]n overtime. Arkansas went to Alabama and put up a good fight in light of the mess it made against Southern California two weekends ago. But putting up a good fight ain't good enough in this business, and Alabama prevailed 24 - 13. The Tide is 4 = 0 for the first time since 1996, and looks to have all the tools necessary' to challenge for the SEC title. The offense is almost perfectly balanced on the thunderbolt arm of Brodie Croyle and the winged feet of Kenneth Darby, and that makes them awfully tough to stop. And the defense currently ranks fourth nationally. But here comes Florida. Urban Meyer took the shackles off the Gator offense in a 49 - 28 victory at Kentucky. The Gators gained 537 yards, and scored all their points in the first half. They might have scored 70 or 80 if they hadn't taken their foot offthe gas. Georgia beat Mississippi State 23 - 10. Mark Richt's offense settled for three field goals, and missed two others, and will be haunted by its inability to cross the goal line in games to come. In the ACC, Georgia Tech went to Blacksburg to face Virginia Tech, and the Yellow Jackets got blasted 51 - 7. Georgia Tech quarterback Reggie Ball didn't look himself, having missed the previous week of practice with a bout of viral meningitis. But the Hokies deserve credit for being the most complete team in the ACC. Clemson lost another heartbreaker and its second straight overtime game when it fell to Boston College at home in Death Valley. The strangestresult of the weekend, and probably of the year, was No. 12 ranked Louisville's 45 - 14 loss to South Florida. Thafs what we call a real head-scratcher. !iiiiiii!ii!ii KentUCky 0- t 1-, t :i Wake:Forest 0- 1 1:- 3 South Carolina 0 - 2 2  2 N.C: :State ...... 0  2 1- 2 Western Division Conference Overall ! CoastalDivision Conference overall Alabama 2 - 0 4 - 0 i Virginia Tech 3 - 0 4 - 0 Auburn 1 -0 3 - 1  Virginia 1 - 0 3 - 0 LSU 0-1 1-1 i GeorgiaTech 1-1 3-1 Mississippi 0-1 1-2 i Miami, Fl 1-1 2-1 Mississippi State 0 - 2 2 - 2 i North Carolina 1 - 1 1 - 2 Arkansas 0-2 1-3 i Duke 0-2 1-3 VIRGINIA TECII AT WEST VIRGINIA The Hokies played vintage Beamer Ball when they returned a blocked kick for a touchdown and two interceptions for two more scores against Georgia Tech. But that wasn't all. Virginia T¢ch also held Georgia Tech to 217 total yards and only 6 first downs. Rich Rodriguez and his Mountaineers are 4 - 0, but three of those wins came against Syracuse, I-AAWofford, and East Carolina, which means that they ain't gonna be ready for good old, "Hokie, Hokie High! Rah, Rali V.PI.!" Virginia Tech 33 - est Virginia 19 SYRACUSE AT FLORIDA STATE Both these teams took last week off; but Syracuse better not have put its feet up. You can't aftbrd to rest when you rank 104 'h nationally in total offense and you're about to meet a defense that only gives up 11 points per game. There was a time when the Orangemen were a worthy out-of-conference opponent and had the potential to gum up the works, but that time is long past, and that's why Bobby Bowden enjoyed a little extra nap time last week. Florida State 31 - Syracuse 10 SOUTH FLORIDA AT MIAMI, EL. Saturday should have been the beginning of a three- week-long cakewalk lbr Miami, what with South Florida, .Duke, and Temple on the docket for the next three Saturdays. But that was before Hurricane head man Larry Coker got a gander at what South Florida did to Louisville last weekend. Jim Leavitt's Bulls danced on Louisville's head to the tune of 45 - 14. Most of the kids on the South Horida team dreamed of playing at Miami. Now they'll get to see the Hurricanes players up close, but all they'll see will be backsides and elbows• Miami 34 - South Florida 14 VIRGINIA AT MARYLAND The Cavaliers have built a 3 0 record on the backs of the pigskin disadvantaged, and they've barely been getting by. Now Virginia visits College Park to see it it can rise to the occasion against an average Terrapin teanl. The Cavaliers have the superior talent, but this one comes down to A1 Groh VS. Ralph Friedgen, and that's what they call a no-brainer. Maryland 28 - Virginia 25 UTAH AT NORTIt CAROLINA North Carolina went to Raleigh last weekend and sprung the upset on its archest of rivals, but its another tough week for the Tar Heels when Utah comes to town. It's made even tougher by the fact that the Utes played last Thursday night, which gives them an extra three days to rest up and prepare for their trip to Chapel Hill But John Bunting's team is swollen with confidence and that will help them prevail• North Carolina 31 - Utah 24 CLEMSON AT WAKE FOREST Tommy Bowden has about bitten his fingernails bloody after enduring four straight tight games that included back-to-back overtime losses to Miami and Boston College. The Tigers and their fans would give anything not to have to participate in another close dance, but it doesn't work thai way in the ACC. Wake Forest has given Clemson fits in the past, but the Tigers will get over their disappomtment in time to take care of the Demon Deacons• Clemson 31 - Wake Forest 18 BALL STATE AT BOSTON COLLEGE Boston College won its first ACC contest when it hung on to beat Clemson m ovemme. And while Clemson finds itself in what could be another tight contest. Boston College gets a visit from Ball State. everybody's favorite pigskin whipping boy. The Redbirds are 0 3. and have been giving up an average of 53 points per game, and they won't disappoint on Saturday. Boston College 44 - Ball State 7 College Football News and Notes The Texas A&M VS Texas State game was moved to Thursday night because of Hurricane Rita, and the change must have really flummoxed the Aggie defense. A&M gave up 31 points and 493 yards to the I-AA Bobcats. The Aggies better tighten things up before they get to the meat of their schedule... Central Florida ended ts 17-game losing streak when it beat Marshall 23 - 13 in Orlando. Oeorge O'Leary's UCF Knights held the Thundering Herd to 11 yards rushing... Tulane, displaced to Dallas by Hurricane Katrina, thanked its hosl SMU by beating the Mustangs 31 - 10 for its first win of the season. Tulane made a temporary home at SMU after Katrina flooded its campus and closed its school indefinitely. Since them, the Green Wave has been based out of Reston, Louisiana, the home of Louisiana Tech... Western Kentucky sits atop the I-AA Top 25, while Georgia Southern is conspicuous in its absence. Gridiron Gazette Top c-- 00outhern Rivers Mortgage 3744 GA HWY 85 • Ellerslie, GA 31807 Gt Construction and Permanent Financing are also part of our Home Opportunity Package. Maywe help you? Kelly Brown • 706-561-3814 Toll Free: 866-562-3814 Ranking Power Rating 1. Southern Cal 15t .4 2. Texas ' 148.2 3.¼rginia Tech 146.2 4 Florida State 146.1 5. Florida 145.1 6 Tennessee 144.8 7. Miami, FI. 143.7 8. Georgia 142.9 9. Ohio State 142.8 10 LSU 142.3 11. Alabama 138.5 12. California 138.0 13. Boston College 137.9 14. Michigan State 137.1 15. UCLA 136.5 16. Purdue 136.4 17. Notre Dame : 136.3 18. Arizona State 136.2 19. Georgia Tech 134.0 20. Auburn 133.0 21. Louisville 132.1 22. Virginia 132.0 23. Iowa State 131,7 24. Texas Tech 129.4 25, Minnesota 129.3 College Football Sports Page Sponsored by:  0uthern Rivers M0rtgage FlVl Tales From The Gridiron The 1946 Georgia team started the season ranked third in the land behind Notre Dame and Army. Head coach Wally Butts employed the straight T formation to make use of the talents of quarterback Johnny Rauch. All-American left halfback Charlie Trippi, from Pittston, Pennsylvania, and right halfback Rabbit Smith. Georgm went undefeated, outscored its opponents by a combined tota.1 of 372 points to [00. averaged 394 yards per game. and completed 112 passes, including 23 tbr touchdowns The Bulldogs met North Carolina in the Sugar Bowl. The game was billed as a duel between TrippL and Tar Heel great Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice. Trippi and Justice played each other even. but the Bulldogs were better by a score of 20 - 10 Notre Dame ended the season ranked No. 1 in the majority of the major polls, but the Bulldogs ended the season ranked No 1 in the Williamson poll. Butts, also kuowa as "'the round man from Milledgeville," led the Bulldogs to 140 wins from 1939-1960 Call Kevin Wegienka Today! Town & Country Plaza Branch (706) 846-3555 West Main St.. Manchester, GA (706) 846-•8415 LtNDE Your Hometown Bank Since I94 7 I 111111111 lllf[I I II I