College Football Musings – Week 6

The Head Ball Coach got his biggest win in almost a decade while Michigan State may have done the same. Tennessee's lousy year gets worse while Ron Zook's mediocre year got a lot better. The Seminoles make a statement while the Half Monty comes up short again.

We offer up that and more in this week's musings.

Biggest win in school history ---- I don't care if old South Carolina fans want to made a bigger deal about that vaunted ACC title in 1969, Saturday's win over Alabama has to be the greatest in Gamecocks history. The 35-21 victor was the first Carolina has ever had over a No. 1 team. Not only that, but it was an impressive win earned in the trenches. And it also shows that anyone who screws up in the red zone is going to pay the price eventually.

Wins are good for the heart ---- First Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio suffers a heart attack after the Notre Dame. Then he finally returns to the field for a 5-0 versus 5-0 showdown with hated rival Michigan just in time for see a huge win over the Wolverines. Meanwhile, a long time Spartan fan Major Hester, a 69-year-old retiree put off getting a pacemaker in order to watch the contest. Here's hoping the win was good for both hearts.

Good Zooks ---- I've had many "Gad-Zooks" references over the last few years but this time the Zooker gets an attaboy for a big win. Illinoize went into Happy Valley and smashed Penn State. The 33-13 butt kicking may have improved Zook's chances of staying on beyond this season. The Illini are 3-2, 1-1 in the Big Ten. They have a road trip to Michigan State next followed by two very winnable home games with Indiana and Purdue. His seat isn't even the hottest in the conference. That honor goes to Tim Brewster at Minnesota.

Rocky (Top) Horror football show ---- Derek Dooley knew he had a big job ahead of him at Tennessee, but each passing week shows just how big a job it really is. The boys from Rocky Top went into Athens to face a Georgia team that had lost four straight and had a freshman quarterback. They left with a 41-14 knot on their head. Tennessee is now 0-3 in the SEC and a bowl bid seems to be a long shot.

The Second Half Monty ---- Lane Kiffin has another long week ahead after another gut wrenching loss. USC took a 35-34 lead over Stanford with just 1:12 to play, but the Trojans let the Cardinal drive 62 yards in just over a minute to set up the game winning field goal. That's two straight losses in which USC's defense allowed a long drive and game wining field goal after the offense took the lead. Wasn't daddy's defense the reason Kiffin got this job in the first place?

The Chop returns ---- In the "who's really back" bowl in Miami, Florida State posted a tremendous win over the Hurricanes. You have to go back a pretty long ways to find a more significant win for the Garnet and Gold. The Seminoles pulled away with two fourth quarter touchdowns to post a 45-17 win over Miami. FSU is now 3-0 in the ACC Coastal Division and have to be viewed as overwhelming favorites to reach the ACC Title Game.

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