Weekend Seven Recap
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The ACC will once again (most-likely) be left out of the national championship race in 2009 as its top candidate to join the talk, #4 Virginia Tech, went down on the road to league foe #19 Georgia Tech. Many other big-games went down across the nation yesterday, as well, setting us up for what is sure to be a very exciting second half of the NCAA season. TheTopFan finally had a good showing in the Pick'em contest, going 11-4 for the weekend.
Kentucky 21, Auburn 14 (TheTopFan's pick: right). I just sorta had this feeling that Auburn was gonna run out of gas at some point after a fast start under first year Coach Gene Chizik. On top of that, Kentucky had played some fierce competition of late, and had played it pretty well. This was a game that actually saw Auburn leading most of the time, but Kentucky had a big fourth quarter as they tied the game with six minutes and change to go, and then took the lead for good with 3:17 to go on a touchdown run from Randall Cobb. A hard fought SEC battle goes to the visiting Wildcats who really needed a W to break a three game skid.
Cal 45, UCLA 26 (TheTopFan's Pick: wrong). Ok, it is official: UCLA is my biggest disappointment of 2009. I respected Rick Neuheisel as a coach, so I picked them as my Pac-10 darkhorse and had them at 15 in my preseason poll. Bust. Cal meanwhile, is up and down, and has talent but you never know what they are going to do with it. In this game, they used it to lay a whooping on the home Bruins.
Florida 23, Arkansas 20 (TheTopFan's pick: right). I nearly predicted an Arkansas upset (just had this gut feeling), but in the end I just could not see Tebow pulling another Ole Miss of last year. So basically instead of going with my gut of a close game - maybe even the upset - I went with Florida big. I got it right for the pick'em contest, but missed on the style of game it was. It is so cliche it will make you sick, but here are two for you for this game "they found a way to win" and "hey, we'll take it, a win is a win is a win." Sheesh.
Georgia Tech 28, Virginia Tech 23 (TheTopFan's pick: right). It always gives you a good feeling on Sunday morning to know that your upset of the week pick worked out! The Jackets were able to win the battle at the line of scrimmage and GT got three touchdowns on the ground from Josh Nesbitt. The misdirection offense that Paul Johnson is known for worked ideally last night against the Hokies. VT does not want to come back to Atlanta anytime soon. The soon to be former top five Hokies only two losses of 2009 are in this town.
Boston College 52, NC State 20 (TheTopFan's pick: right). Well, I got the 20 for NC State right dead on the nose. But I didn't know BC was gonna blow up on them like that! Goodness gracious you go you bad Eagles! BC needs Maryland and Clemson to lose conference games, and they can find themselves in the ACC title talk. At the same time, down in Raleigh, the Pack brass has to be thinking of who might be the next head coach. O'Brien is halfway through his third season, and the Pack looks worse than it did when he was hired. There is some serious soul-searching going on in the Pack camp after this beating to send them to 3-4 on the season.
Virginia 20, Maryland 9 (TheTopFan's pick: right). I picked this game pretty darn close as well, getting the win and missing the margin by just three points. Clemson needs only Maryland to lose games, or else it controls its own destiny. This game helped CU tremendously. Maryland is now 2-5 with a trip to Duke lined up for next Saturday. UVA - to the grumbles of some fans - has now seemingly found the path to smoother sailing. The Hoos have now won three straight after starting 2009 0-3. Al Groh is turning in yet another good, but totally mediocre season in Charlottesville.
Texas Tech 31, Nebraska 10 (TheTopFan's pick: wrong). I missed this game completely. I honestly thought that Suh and company would get to the Raiders quarterback and put a speed-bump into that fast offense. After 14 very early points though, Texas Tech never looked back. Mike Leach's teams are always solid, and though I am surprised with the outcome, I am also not surprised as I respect this program. The Huskers now go back to the drawing board and try to draw up a plan to keep getting better. This is a setback for sure, but a potential big season still exists. The ultimate goal is a trip to the Big 12 title game, and that is still alive.
Clemson 38, Maryland 3 (TheTopFan's pick: right). It pains my gut to think of where Clemson would be if they didn't lose to freakin' Maryland last week. The Tigers would have all but sealed a trip to Tampa with this thrashing of Wake Forest! But so it is, and those pains are eased just a bit as the Tigers thumped the Deacons and the Terps lost, getting CU a step closer of the goal of an ACC-title game appearance. CJ Spiller is proving to be among the best - if not the best - to ever put on the orange and white. He had another two scores yesterday - one an electrifying 66-yard blast up the middle. The guy will be missed beyond belief when he is gone, so I try my best to cherish each time he touches it. Wake is now hurting in the Atlantic division race as two teams are now ahead of them in the division standings.
Alabama 20, South Carolina 6 (TheTopFan's pick: right). The Gamecocks played a hard fought game, and this one went about like I thought it would. In the end, it was Alabama's ability to get touchdowns compared to South Carolina's ability to get field goals, and the Tide pulled away at the very end for a two score win. Stephen Garcia played ok, but looked rattled early, throwing a ball to seemingly nobody in sight, and Alabama picked it off for an early lead. From then on it was a defensive type game of ball control and field position - one Alabama is going to win most of the time. Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier called four (yes four) end zone fade plays to Alshon Jefferey, and they all failed. South Carolina can use this game as a measuring stick for what it needs to take the next step up the SEC ladder.
Kansas State 62, Texas A&M 14 (TheTopFan's pick: wrong). Ok A&M, you are officially on my ****-list. I didn't want to pick you last week, but I did anyway - and you punished me for it. I knew you sucked, but yet I gave you one last chance and you blew it. The Aggies are terrible. Just plain bad - and have been for some time. I went 12-3 in the Pick'em and that included this game where I knew better than to pick A&M. Kansas State gave up 66 points last week, and scored 62 points this week. You go figure it out.
Purdue 26, Ohio State 18 (TheTopFan's pick: wrong). Here my friends is the upset of the week - forget VT losing to GT. Ohio State just flushed this season down the drain with this slip up to Purdue. Yes, they can still win the Big 10 if they win out, but a shot at national respect and outside national title speak went out the window. And let's face it, they weren't really that caliber of a team, anyway. Purdue, at 2-5 on the year, can build on this win at a run towards the 6-win mark and a bowl as they need to win four of their final five games.
Texas 16, Oklahoma 13 ( TheTopFan's pick: right). This game was on at the same time as my Tigers, so a lot of remote control work was involved. Texas wasted little time sending Sam Bradford back to the sidleines as he was gone four minutes into the game re-separating that right shoulder. In a defensive struggle from then on out, Texas intercepted OU twice in the last seven minutes to seal the win. Colt McCoy nearly lost the game for his team with a pick himself with five minutes left. But he made an outstanding open field tackle to keep the ball on OU's end of the field, and his D held.
Iowa 20, Wisconsin 10 (TheTopFan's pick: right). Iowa experienced a little scare here, but used a ten point 4th quarter to cap off a 20 point run and a come from behind win to remain unbeaten. The Hawkeyes were led by quarterback Rikcy Stanzi, who continues to have an All-American type season. Yesterday he was 17 for 23 for 218 yards and a touchdown. He also played wth poise in leading his team with 17 second half points in crunch-time. Wisconsin is watching a promising season fade fast, losing their second straight after startig 5-0.
USC 34, Notre Dame 27 (TheTopFan's pick: right). It was a valaint effort by the Irish, but it just wasn't enough to get by USC, who have now won eight straight in the rivalry. Charlie Weis has still yet to beat the Trojans, and his seat just got turned up a notch hotter. In my opinion - with the standards they set up in South Bend - Weis needed this game to keep his job. As for USC, the Trojans are now back in the national title hunt, but they will need help. They will also have to win at Oregon in two weeks - something they might not be able to do. That game will essentially be for the Pac-10 title, and possibly a trip to the national championship game with some help.
TCU 44, Colorado State 6 (TheTopFan's pick: right). Jeremy Kerly had one of the craziest punt returns for a touchdown I have ever seen, and TCU got the style points it needed in a thrashing of Colorado State. The Horned Frogs were also led by quarterback Andy Dalton's 15 of 23 passing for 211 yards and two scores. Next up for TCU is a trip to BYU. That will be a good game to get TCU a little bit of highlight time on SportsCenter - they need to win big again.
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