College Football Musings – Week 5

So Florida got clobbered in Tuscaloosa. It happens. It wasn't the worst thing that happened to a team this weekend. It wasn't even the worst thing to happen to teams in the SEC East.

Florida State and Miami set up the showdown to see who's really back. The "Half Monty" lets one get away while Tennessee and LSU went head to head to see which school could have its coaches screw up more in the final seconds. That's just a sample of the gems we have for you in this week's musings.
Red Zone Crucial --- Of all the factors that contributed to the loss at Alabama the failure of the Gators in the red zone tops my list. Florida got deep inside Alabama territory four times and scored three points. That's after being an outstanding red zone offense the first four weeks of the season. Obviously the four turnovers were a big deal, but three of them coincided with the red zone ineffectiveness.

Eastern Division Blues --- Florida was just one of five SEC East teams in action Saturday and all five went home losers. Vandy and Georgia lost in non-conference play – for the Dawgs that's four straight losses. Kentucky and Tennessee joined the Gators in coming up short in SEC play. We knew coming into the season that the SEC West was better, but it's starting to look like the West is way better than the beast-less East.

Some Final Seconds --- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley somehow managed to out-dummy Les Miles in the late moments of their game in Baton Rouge and handed the Tigers a win. With LSU driving and the clock winding down Miles foolishly tried to substitute players and in the confusion got off a bad snap for a game-ending loss. But wait, Dooley tried to double-dummy Les and sent in his own subs. Trouble is four Vols entered the game and only two left. Given an extra un-timed down LSU ran for the win, just barely. Dooley complained afterwards that the rules require him to have enough time to match their substitutions which is true. But he was able to get four guys in, so they should have been able to get four men out.

Sunshine Showdown Set --- At the start of the season there was a lot of buzz in the state about FSU and Miami being "back". That buzz went phfftt when both teams bombed in big road games at Oklahoma and Ohio State, respectively. Well the two former powers have not lost since and will both be nationally ranked when they play in South Florida this Saturday. Whoever wins the battle between the ‘Canes (No. 13 AP) and Seminoles (No. 23) will be that much closer to a spot on the national stage.

The Half Monty --- Lane Kiffin's plan to win the Pac-10 regardless of bowl sanctions took a huge hit with a 32-31 loss to Washington. The Huskies lost to BYU for the Cougars only win and surrendered 56 points in a blowout loss to Nebraska, but had enough to beat the Men of Troy as time ran out. It's gonna be a long next five years, folks.

Michigan-dering --- Take a look to the place that brought us mass produced autos and Motown and you'll find one heckuva story. Michigan and Michigan State are both 5-0 heading into their annual grudge match. No one thought much of either team coming into the season, but the winner of this one will have a legit shot at being a Big Ten contender.

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