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) m nnnu nuH/IF PAGE 9 - HOGANSVILI HOME NEWS - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2009 ,+ ++++ + +++: + + ++ ' +i++++ ,I!'++ ++++ .+! +++++ + i!il i? '+: i i i ! i " : i [ ( ll 'ge tball News, Analysis and Prognostications The Gridiron Gazette. 1690 Calls Creek Circle, Watkinsviile 30677. gridirongazette@bellsouth.net 706-255-0222 "#1 ALABA~ VS #2 FLORIDA #6 CINCINNATI AT #13 PITTSBURGH Tile Gators and the Crimson Tide have been like Brian Kelly is trying to keep his team focused on two foothall freight trams on a,e~l~h~io~'course, and: the task at hand rather than his Notre Drone job now the moment of impact has Ved. Rather prospects. Now the Bearcats head to Pittsburgh, cover your ears, you'd best pop :some, popcorn and where the Panthers are coming off a heartbreaker to get a cold beverage. Not much separates these two West Virginia last weekend. Cincinnati hasn't faced i teams talent-wise, and it shows in the records and the a defense with as much depth and talent as Pittsburgh : statistics. Alabama needs to throw the ball effectivel' will be throwing its way. The key to this one will be i to'open up the miming game, but it's hard to see them whether the Bearcats can keep quarterback Tony Pike ! doing that against what might be the best seconda~' uptight against the best pass rush in the counW. Look in college football history. The only thing Tim Tebo~," for Cinciunati's backup quarterback Zack Collar os, hasn't done in his storied career is lead his team to who is an excellent runner, to get some snaps and Ix , an undefeated season. Ite'll take another step in llmt the difference. ~,' direction on Saturday evening. Cincinnati 29 - Pittsburgh 24! Florida 23 - Alabama 21 #25 OREGON STATE AT #8 OREGON II~.~: ~.~ A.~ ~.=.~ They call this The Civil War, but we all know what ~ %1~ : ~ a nlisnomer that is. One thing's for sure: the winner | CLEMSON VS GEORGIA TECH of this one will get the opportunity to butt heads with The Tigers and the Yellow Jackets both had them Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, which means this might manhood stolen by SEC also-rans last Saturday, and be the biggest game in the history of the Webfoot ! now they need tofind a way to get it back. In each State. The Ducks have won every important game case, they were pushed around the field by more they've played this .s.eason, thanks to qua~erback ! punishing offensive lines. This is a rematch of a game Jeremiah Masoli, and it s hard to go against them in won by Georgia Tech back in September, mhen the Autzen Stadium. Yellow Jackets needed a last-second field goal to boat Oregon 34 - Oregon State 30 Clemson 30 - 27. Clemson head coach Dabo Swilmev ARIZONA AT #20 SOUTHERN CAL is wading into deep waters, whereas Paul Johnson Arizona squeaked past instate rival Arizona State on a knows how to prepare for a championship game, having won two I-AA championships with Georgia Southern, and that's why Georgia Tech gets the edge. Georgia Tech 33 - Clemson 30 #3 TEXAS VS#23 NEBRASKA The nownally sound Longhorn defense was as holey as a hobo's shoes last Thursday against Texas A&M and that has to give Mack Browxt something to woW about. The Cornhuskers don't have the most powerful offense in the count~', in fact they're averaging only 26 points per game, but that's plenty enough points when you rank 3rd nationally in scoring defense with only 11 points per game. Texas needs to bring its best game plan and contain Comlmsker defensive tackle Ndanmkong Sub, who might be the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The extra three days of rest will give Texas the edge, Texas 28 - Nebraska 22 #22 HOUSTON AT EAsT(~AROLINA * ' Houston ended its season by hanging 73 points on Rice, and that has to raise the'hair on the back of Skip Hol~'s neck. The East Carolina head coach has to find a way to contain an offense that ranks 1 st nationally in scoring offense (45 ppg), total offense (583 ypg), and passing offense (443 ypg). The only way to make that Mppen is to rtm the ball and the clock. The problem for the Pirates is that they're only a middling running team, and that will make it t0u~ on them even though they play this one at home. Houston 39 - East Carolina 29 #25 CENTRAL MICHIGAN VS OHIO It will be a battle between the MAC's two best quarterbacks when the Chippewas and Bobcats meet LSU's Trindon Hollida) returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown as the Tigers beat Arkansas 33 - 30 last-second field goal last weekend, and Mike Stoops in overtime. The victon- means LSU finished second in the SEC West with a 9 - 3 (5 - 3) record. It was rivalry weekend in college football, and, as often happens when the hatred is flowing there were several upsets. In the battles between Southeastern Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference instate rivals, the SEC was the clear winner. No. 2 Florida destroyed Florida State 37 - 10. Tim Tebow accounted for five touchdo aas in his farexvell home game, and the heavily-favored Gators gained 545 vards. Georgia defeated No. 7 Georgia Tech on The Flats. The Bulldogs avoided many of the mistakes that have plagued them all season, and rushed for 3 ,8 yards. The whl takes some of the sting out of a disappointing season for Mark Richt. South Carolina made mincemeat out of ClemSon 34 - 17. The Gamecocks rushed for a season-high 223 yards mad held Clemson nmning back C.J. Spiller to just 18 yards rushing. In each case, the ACC team was outmatched by the :3hysicali~ of the SEe team, especially along the line of scrimmage. No. 1 Alabama used a 7-minute, 7~9-yard drive cuhmnatmg in a 4-vard touchdown pass from Greg McElroy Io Roy Upchurch to beat Auburn 26 - 21. No. 13 LSU and Tennesseeboth needed overtime to defeat Arkansas and Kentucky, respectively. Mississippi State took the ball away from No. 25 Mississippi four times, including 3 interceptions, and beat the Rebels 41 - 27 to win the Golden Egg. The SEC now has ten teams with seven or more wins, making all but two - Mississippi State and Vanderbilt - bowl eligible. In ACC intra-conference games, NC. State beat North Carolina 28 - 27 by blocking a late field goal. Wake Forest took Care of Duke 45 - 34. The loss mined the Blue Devils' bowl chances. Boston College squeaked past Mau'land 19 - 17, and No. 17 Virginia Tech thumped Virginia 42 - 13. No. 24 Mianli beat South Florida 31 - 10. has them in position to play in a bowl. Of course, the true test of a team's improvement in the Pac-lO is how it fares when it heads to the Coliseum to face USC. The Trojans aren't loaded for bear the way they have been in the past, but they still have more NFL talent on the roster than the Wildcats have had in the past five cears, and that's why they'll prevail on Saturday. USC 33-Arizona 18 CALIFORNIA AT WASttlNGTON Every year it seems that Cal is picked to upset the applecart in the Pac-10, and every year the3.' lose to the big guys. Now they head to Seattle to face a Washington team that had high hopes after beating USC, but lost five of seven during the second half of the season. The Huskies are out of the nmnin~ for a bowl, but this will surely be jmfior quarterback Jake Locker's swansong, and he'd love nothing better than to leave the home crowd with apleasant taste in its mouth. Washington 29 - California 27 WEST VIRGINIA AT RUTG~ +~i%f"i~ .[ The tblks in Morganton have been lukewarm'towards" No. 3 Texas, No. 4 TCU, No. 5 Boise State, and No. 6 Cincinnati all remain uradefeated. Texas faces head coach Bill Stewart since he took over tbr Rich Nebraska for the Big 12 Championship, while Cincinnati and Boise State each have one game remaining. Rodriguez a few years back. But that changed last in Detroit Thursday night. Central Michigan is led ++++ by Dan LeFavour, who ranks 14th nationally in ! Mississitmi :+ + 4-4 (FL) +:+ 5+:3 +++ +++++++++++:++ 9+3++++++++:++:++! Frogs are 12 - 0, with wins over Clemson, Utah, and total offense, while Ohio will feature Theo Scott, !~ 7 ~ g -, -, ~,"::~ : BYU Boise State head coach Chris Peterson and his i ArKansas 5-+ 1-3,' -, whoTenaple accountedlast weekend.tbr five The touchdovdls Bobcat offense against has9 been - 3,Auburn 3 - 5 7 - 5 Duke 3 . - 5 " - 7- t olue-claa I evening when noara thematt finalCr ss BCS metr rankings nngers are on released ~nnoaVin inconsistent this season, ranking 99th nationally, and,Mississippi State 3-5 5-7 Virginia 2-6 3-9 I the hope that a 13th win will lift them above TCU. that mill be its undoing when they visit the Motor .w. Boise State 59 - New Mexico State 16 City. Central Michigan 34 - Ohio 24 College Football News and Notes Virginia fired A1 Groh after nine seasons as football coach at his ahna mater. Groh's dismissal Sunday came less than 24 hours after the Cavaliers (3-9, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) finished their worst season since going 2-9 in 1982 with a 42-13 loss to rival Virginia Tech. Following Saturday's loss to Virgima Tech, Groh read a poem, "The Guy in the Glass," at the podium, then closed with a testimonial about himself. "When I visited the guy in the glass, I saw that he's a guy of commitment, of integrity, of dependability and accountabiliff," he said. "lie's loyal, his ,spirit is indomitable and he's caring and loving. I'm sure I will always call the guy in the glass a friend" Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich fired head tbotball coach Steve Kragthorpe. Kragthorpe was hired by Louisville in 2007 after leading Tulsa to new heights. Kragthorpe went 15-21 in three seasons after replacing Bobby Petrino in January 2007. The week after the Motmtaineers upset No. 8 Pittsbnrgh. Now they head to Piscatawav to face a Rutgers team that has won four of its last five, including a 31 - 0 thrashing of the same South Florida team that beat West Virginia soundly. The Scarlet Knights will be ready to play, but the Mountaineers have a little too much amino in the musket. West Virginia 31 - Rutgers 27 NEW MEXICO STATE AT NO. 5 BOISE STATE The Broncos will surely beat lowly New Mexico State on the blue tuff this weekend, but it's unclear what the win will earn them. ]'hey will be 13 - 0, of course, but so m~ll either Florida or Alabama, and Texas might have the same record, also. TCU is ranked ahead of Boise State in the BCS and deservedly so. ]'he Horn The Gridiron To: Ranking 1. Alabama Power Rating Power Rating Ranking 14. Northwestern Iowa Stanford Southern Cal Houston Miami (F1.) list of candidates could include Houston coach Kevin Sumlin, Florida defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and tbrmer Tennessee coach Phil Fuhner. I Jl 157.0 133.7 3. Texas 155.4 16. 133.0 151.8 18. 131.6 7. Ohio State 145.1 i 20. 130.2 9. LSU 137.7 i 22. 123.9 11. GeorgiaTech 136.7 i 24. 124:2 102Main S~reot :} Italian Bistro dc New York Stile Pizza HogansviHe, 6/I 30230.706-637-4561 "5'tll You Can Ear" Pasta Family Style Intimates Salad dc Bread with Your ( oice of 4 Sauees. SOUTH FLORIDA AT CONNECTICUT It's been a tough year for Connecticut both on and off the field. The Huskies struggled in close games, with all five of their losses coming by four points or less, and, of course, they had to deal with the murder of teammate Jasper Howard. Through it all, head coach Randy Edsall has kept his team together, and now he lads an outside chance of becoming the next head coach at Notre Dame. First, Connecticut must go to Tampa to face a South Florida team that gives up only 20 points per game. UConn will fight like it has all season, but it re;ill come up short again. South Florida 28 - Connecticut 25 #15 WISCONSIN AT HAWAII Madison, Wisconsin is pretty cold this time of year, and that's why Bret Bielema and his Badgers are looking forward to the trip to the Big Island. The palm trees will be swaying, the coconuts will be falling and the Pacific Ocean will be glistening. But there's a football game to distact from the nattwal beauty. The Warriors are on a five-game winnmg streak, but they can't compete along the line of scrimmage with this Midwestern beef. Wisconsin 31 - Hawaii 24 I I I II I I I IIII 102 Main Street Hogansville, 81130230 706-637-4561 Lunch 11:30 a.m. ro 2:30 p.R Dinner Mon.-Thm 5 ro 9 " Fri. - Sat. 5p.m. Ip lO p.R With a Party of Four. Y 10% O/irA//Pizza on Friday l~ghts With I-Bgh Sdmal Sports Progratr~ t