Sep 16

ACC-SEC Top 10 Week 4

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I'm taking over the ACC-SEC top 10 this week as our friend dcomitch is out of town with limited web access...Here are, to me, the best 10 of the 24 schools between the two leagues...

1. Georgia - The Dawgs got by their annual nemesis South Carolina in yet another close games between the two schools this past weekend in Columbia. Even though South Carolina has a losing record and is unranked, UGA should not slip due to the Cocks playing them close. This game is always close, and the Dawgs won on the road in front of 80,000 fans cheering against them. The most surprising thing to me at this point is that UGA is 40th nationally in total defense. They will have to stiffen up as they hit a stretch of games (the rest of the season) that is just plain brutle. This week: at Arizona State

2. Florida - Man, the World's Largest Cocktail Party (November 1st) is really going to be something if this keeps up! Yes, both teams have some losable games, but they could meet both in the top 5. If you are in Gainesville, you are having a hard time seeing the Bulldogs ranked ahead of you. You have Tim Tebow - the best player in the game - and you have a recent crystal football. Tebow will remain a Heisman candidate as long as the Gators are winning. From this point on, the schedule has few breaks. This week: at Tennessee

3. LSU - The Tigers opened up with some cupcake before getting to the main course. After defeating App State and North Texas, LSU will now visit Auburn in a game that is sure to be close. This has become one of the top rivalries in the South, with the winner in the national title picture 4 of the last 5 years. The Tigers of Baton Rouge are tops in the SEC in punt returns, averaging 29 yards and have a score. This week: at Auburn

4. Alabama - The Tide's big win over Clemson boosted them straight up the polls. They may be real solid, but let's not forget the Tigers pattern of folding in the national spotlight. The point is that Alabama is pretty untested, and this lofty 4 spot may be too high. However, Nick Saban is the coaching genius he is made out to be, and the talent level in Tuscaloosa is pretty solid. This will be an interesting team to keep up with as the season progresses...This week: at Arkansas

5. Wake Forest - How dare I throw a lowly ACC team in front of Auburn??? Well, here's why: Wake can play. I know they had to rally to beat Ole Miss, but the Rebels played well. Wake Forest faces a stiff test at FSU this weekend. In 2006, the Deacons handed the Noles one of their worst losses ever at Doak-Campbell Stadium in a 30-0 beat down on the way to the Orange Bowl. Don't think Florida State isn't going to be ready for this one! Wake is 5th in total defense in the ACC, 6th in total offense. This week: at Florida State

6. Auburn - The Tigers picked up two easy warm-up wins over UL Monroe and Southern Miss before hitting the road at Mississippi State last week for a game that will be remembered for it's weird score. Auburn kicked a field goal in the first half, and then held on for a 3-2 win, withstanding a safety later in the game to win by one. With LSU coming to town Saturday, War Eagle will probably need to muster more than 3 points to stay undefeated. The key will be to hold on to the football. Auburn has lost 6 fumbles in 3 games - worst in the SEC...This week: LSU

7. Florida State - It is waaaaaay too early to say FSU has some firepower and a solid D and will make noise this year. But the Noles have won twice in very convincing fashion over Western Carolina (69-zip) and Chattanooga, and could make a huge point by knocking off Wake this weekend. After being the class of the ACC for the first 14 years of their membership, don't think Florida State is even the slightest bit intimidated by Wake Forest...This week: Wake Forest

8. Clemson - This team is the biggest mystery in the country. With talent that 90 percent of schools nationwide would drool over, the Tigers fall flat on their face, somehow, year after year after year. After the debacle against Alabama, Clemson has since won 2 games and is 1-0 in the ACC. They will move to 3-1 this week with a scrimmage game against South Carolina State. The following week they will get a slight test, as a hot Maryland team will come to Death Valley. The Tigers, with two of the top running backs in America, have lost four fumbles, while the highly touted defense is yet to get one....This week: South Carolina State

9. Miami - The Hurricanes lost to Florida, and personally I think moral victories are for wussies and teams from Columbia, but the Canes have so much talent on the sidelines that if they can take the good from that game, and turn it into on-the-field production the rest of the season, this team will make a solid bowl game. I see them winning 7 of their next ten games, leaving them 8-4 on the year. A break or two, and this team could win 9 games. That is far-fetched, but this team has potential....This week: at Texas A&M

10. Virginia Tech - The Hokies got off to a rough start after losing to East Carolina - a team they wouldn't ever dream of losing to. But I beleive Coach Frank Beamer will rally the troops and bring the Hokies back to being a solid team before year's end. The next two weeks will be tough. UNC looked good in thrashing Rutgers last weekend on the road, and VT must go to Chapel Hill Saturday. The following week the Hokies travel to Nebraska. The Huskers aren't what they once were, but Lincoln is a tough place to play...This week: at UNC

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