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HOGANSVILI~ HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2009 PAGE 7-A lege tball News, Analysis and Prognostications The Gridiron Gazette * 1690 Calls Creek Circle. Watkinsville GA. 30677 * gridirongazette@bellsouth.net * 706-255-0222 TENNESSEE AT NO. 2 ALABAMA The Volunteers destroyed Georgia a few weeks ago, but they better not have ,spent too much time during their bye week gazing in the mirror. If they gazed at the television on Saturday night, they saw' an Alabama team that was plenty beatable. Nick Saban is a taskinaster and surely worked his squad hard after its tour turnover, nine-penal~, perfommnce agaiust South Carolina. Tennessee's defense is stout enou~ to control the physicalAlabama running game, but it's hard to see how the Volunteers will move the ball. Alabama 25 - Tennessee 10 ARKANSAS AT MISSISSIPPI There seems to be an awakening taking place at Arkansas, especially on the defensive side of the ball_ where the Razorbacks held Auburn and Florida well ,below their average point totals Mississippi blasted UAB last weekend, after getting blasted by Alabama two weeks ago. The Rebels have averaged onb' 20 points in their last three conference games, and that's why we're going with a resurgent Razorback team on the mad in Oxford. Arkansas 28 - Mississippi 25 VANDERBILT AT #21 SOUTH CAROLINA The South Carolina defense had looked good all season until it got pounded into submission by the Alabanla running game. Eric Nom'ood and his compatriots must have spent much of the week getting deep tissue massage after Mark Ingram ran over thc~ for 246 yards. Luckily for the G~mlecocks, Vanderbilt doesn't have anyone of Ingrmn's caliber. South Carolina will get off to a slow start and this game will not be pretty, but the Gamecocks have too much defense for a beleaguered Vanderbilt offense South Carolina 23 - Vanderbilt 10 LA-MONROE AT KENTUCKY Rich Brooks always has his Wildcats ready to play, but that will be a challenge this week afterupsetting Auburn last Saturday. The Wildcats are looking ahead, and they see ~,Jmlable games against Mississippi State, Georgia, Vanderbilt and Tennessee, all unrmlked and all severely flawed, and a possible bowl invitation on the far horizon, Kentuck3' might toy with the Warhawks a little bit, but they'll eventually; get serious and g~'~ ~o blasine~% , a o - ~" , Kentucky 30.-- La-Monroe 13 N 6: 'i'I ORIDA AT'MiS ISSIPPI STATE To use the parlance of the groat movie The Godfathe~: this one's a little bit like Michael taking on Fredo. Urban Meyer and Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen are brothers of sorts. After all Mullen was Meyer's offensive coordinator for several years before heading to Starkville. That will make Mever's job tins weekend a little more difficuh than usual, but after the dismal performance put on the by Gators last weekend, it won't be long before Mississippi State is swimming with the fishes. Florida 35 - Mississippi State 13 AUBURN AT #10 LSU ~INe Auburn offense seems to have lost some steam over the past few weeks, and that's not helpftfl for their trip to Baton Rouge on Saturday. LSU had the week to mull what happened again~ Florida a few weeks back. and the key to the Tigers' future success will be whether or not they can protect quarterback Jordan Jefferson. That won't be a problem against an Aubtu-n defense that is far below recent standards. and that's why the Bayou Bengals will return to their wimling ways. LSU 29 - Auburn 23 College Football News and Notes Missouri, Minnesota, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Maryland, LSU, and UCLA are anlong schools that are now using helicoPters to help catch the attention coveted recruits, the New York Times reports. UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel uses a helicopter to drop in on recruits during their games. The laelicopter is owned by Larry Welk. grandson of composer Lawrence Welk. Neuheisel told the NYT that the helicopter helps him visit several high schools and beat the notoriously difficult southern Calitbmia traffic Missouri head coach Gary. Pmkel dropped in on a Parkway West game by helicopter to check in on blue chip quarterback prospect Tyler Gabbert. "It shows the in~portunce recruiting and the resources college football coaches are willing to use," Gabbert ,said. "Recruiting is kind of like a business. They do everything they can to help make the recruits tmow that they're wanted"... Alabama has reached the top of the AP poll. The unbeaten Gators had been in the top spot since the preseason, but the Crimson Tide has been gaining groand tbr weeks by wimung more convincingly than the Gators Florida receiver Aat~on Hernandez caught seven passes for 92 yards to help the Gators squeak past Arkansas 23 - 20. The poor showing by Florida cost them the top ranking in the AP poll. If last weel::end had a theme, it was that none of the national title looked worthy of flieir loft)' contenders status. No. 1 Florida needed a late field goal to beat Arkansas 23 - 20 in Gainesville. T/ae Razorbacks had the Gators by the throat but shot themselves in the foot so many times with blown defensive coverages and penalties that they went back to Fa5 etteville with only three toes. No. 2 Alabama faced No, 20 South Carolina in Tuscaloosa. and beat the Gamecocks 20- 6, The Crimson Tide overcame four turnovers and 116 yards in penalties thanks to 246 rushing yards by M:ark lngram. Kentuck)~ got off the SEC snide when it went to East Alabama and took care of Aubmq 21 "-- 14. The Wildcat defense managed to hold the Tigers to 315 yards Georgia responded tocritics by knocking over Vanderbilt 34 - 10. The Bulldogs have the week off before taking on what will be an ang~ Florida team. Mississippi State and Mississippi each had an easy time against non-conference opponents. No. 18 Georgm Tech Welcomed No. 4 Virginia Tech to The Flats by knocking off the Hokies 28 - 23. Yellow Jacket quarterback Josh Nesbitt rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns. It was the first time since 1962 that Georgia Tech has beaten a top five team in Bobby Dodd Stadium. Clemson dominated Wake Forest 38 - 3 on the shores of Lake Hartwell. The Tiger defense has been playing lights out. N,C. State went up to Boston College and got its head handed to it 52 - 20. Virgin!a_won its third straightby.beatmg Maryland 20 - 9. No. 9 Miami took care of Central Florida 27 -- 7. Elsewhere. No. 3 Texas looked average m beating No 15 Oklahoma 16 - 13, The Sooners lost their quarterback Sam Bradford to another shoulder injury, No, 7 Ohio State lost to Pnrdue 26 - 18. The Buckeyes turned the ball over five times, four of them by quarterback Terrelle Prvor. i~::~ ~i ::.~ !~ ~?~:!~i~ii~:i)~i;~'~ii!i'::!i~s;s~i~i::::~ii~!~i~::i~i~;i~i :: ?:~::; i ::::::i ~:::~ ::~ :: :: i :::::: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::~i::~:::i~::!iii :::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::: ~::~i~i::~:~i~ i~ ::;:: ii::i~i~:: ~}i ::~ i~;.i!~::{i~ii::~.':::!~i~igii i i~::~{~ ~'~ii ii ~::g~g~ KetlmCky ::V di rbilt 1-3 : .... 3-3 Nbrth:Cafel::ma State: ....... : 2-5 Flofid State :::::::::::::::::::::::::::: LSU Auburn ........... Mississippi State Arkansas t-2 4-2 Miami (FL) 2-1 5-1 1-2 3 -4 Duke 1 - l 3-3 1-3 3-3 North Carolina 0-2 4-2 1 Ranking Florida Alabama Texas Southern Cal Cincinnati Power Rating Ranking Power Rating 153.5 14. Houston 133.6 152.3 i5. PetmState ........ 133.5 151.2 i16. Oregon 133.0 1 9.9 - Ohio:State :: =I32.8 145.9 i18_ Oklahoma 131.6 ............... t:30i4 139.9 i 20. Kansas 130.2 Iowa 137.5 :. 22. Mississippi 123.9 11. GeorgiaTech 137.2 i 24. Utah 124.2 inia Tech 136.3 : Prognostications and rankings updated weekly FLORIDA STATE AT NORTH CAROLhNA Both these teams are well refreshed after taking last weekend to rest their wcarx, feet. Of course, Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden mieht not be feeling all that invigorated having spent the week answering questions about his futttre. The only fitture the Seminoles are concerned with involves a tnp to Chapel Hill, where Butch Davis is tD'ing to get his lhr Heels back on track. The Seminoles have plenty of problems, but not as many as the guys in blue. and that's why the visitors will come awav with a win. Florida State 25 - North Carolina 19 CLEMSON AT #7 MIAMI (FL.) Clemson walloped Wake Forest last weekend because of an excellent defensive eftbrt that held the Demon Deacons to just 178 yards. "Ihe Tigers have been getting unremitting pressure on the quarterback, but it seems that Miami quarterback Jacory Hams is innnane to pressure. Clenason's defense is good enough to slow the Hurricanes, bnt what will the Tigers do when Miami takes C.J. Spiller out of the offensive equation? The Tigers don't have an answer to that question, and that's why they'll 1o~. Miami WL.} 21 - Clemson 18 #11 GEORGIA TECH AT VIRGINIA The Yellow Jackets got one of the greatest wins in school history last w'eekend when they upended Virginia Tech. Now Paul Johnson has to bring his team back to earth in time to land in Charlottesville on Saturday. After starting the season 0 - 3. A1 Groh's Cavaliers are on a three-game wimnng streak, albeit against sonic pre~' poor competition. \Veil. the price of poker goes up when Georgia Tech comes to to~. and Virginia doesn't have tile money or the talent to stay in the game very long. Georgia Tech 38 - Virginia 14 MARYLAND AT DUKE Duke quarterback Thad Lewis completed 40 of 50 passes Ibr 459 yards and five toucMowns a few weeks ago when the Blue Devils beat N.C. State. Duke head coach David C utcliffe said it was tile best performance he has ever seen from a qtmrterback High praise from a man who coached both Mannings. Lewis doesn't have to peffom~ qmte as well this weekend to knock off a Maryland team that seems to be going throngh the motions until its coach is fired at the end of the yea[ Duke 31 - Ma~'land 24 BOSTON COLLEGE AT NOTRE DAME The counlrv's two largest Catholic universities square off in South Bend on Saturday. The Irish took Southeru Cal to the wire m a game that will be used bv Charlie Weiss as evidence of the progress his team }ms made and as reason to keep him as head coach. All of that will go out the window if Notre Dame falls to a Boston College team that seems to be making strides. The Eagles crushed N.C. State la~ weekend but were helped bv three Wolfpack turnovers. Notre Dame won't be as cooperative. Notre Dame 31 - Boston College 23 WAKE FOREST AT NAVY Just when Jim Grobe thinks tlm~gs can't get emv worse after losing 37 - 3 to Clew~son, now his Demon Deacons visit a 5 - 2 Na~' team that's on a fbur-game winating streak and ranks 5th uationallv in rushing. Wake Forest will find a way to slow the Midshipmen's rushing attack. The problem for the Deacons is that tlley have butterfingers vdth the ball, and they won't sarvive the trip to Annapolis if that doesn't change. Wake Forest 27 - Navy 25 #6 TCU AT #19 BYU BYU's hopes of crashing the national championslfip part},' were severely damaged when Florida State destroyed them at home last month. The same can't be said of TCU, who is undefeated with victories at Virginia and Clemson. The Hona Frogs look into theh" crystal ball and see that four of their remaining six games are against sub par teams, which means if thev can make it out of the Wasatch Mountains alive, then they should be on a windward tack towards a BCS bowl. TCU 35 - BYU 24 #9 IOWA AT MICHIGAN STATE Kirk Ferentz has his Hawkeyes 7 - 0 tbr the first time in recent menmry and looking like the best team in the Big Ten Iowa has ~ayed undeteated using a defense that's chain tough and an offense that's efficient and mistake free. Now they go to East Lansing where Michigan State tbllowed up its big wm against Michig~m t~o weeks ago by beating Northwestern last week. 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