College Football Musings: Week 11

The Vols plans to "Win one for the Great Pumpkin" falls flat. The Seminoles make a move up to No. 19 in the BCS. LSU once again shows it's no overtime program. Charlie Weis promises to get involved with his offensive football team. Those are some of the pearls in our weekly musings.

Puke one for the gipper --- The Tennessee football team could not possibly have made a worse statement in the aftermath of the firing of Head Coach Phillip Fulmer. The Vols managed all of 219 yards of total offense and lost to the 3-5 Wyoming Cowboys. Quarterbacks Jonathan Crompton and Nick Stevens combined to complete 14-of-36 yards for all of 188 yards. Stevens threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown that was the difference in the 13-7 game. Vandy and Kentucky could very well shove Tennessee into a 3-9 hole at the end of the year.

Best Noles team in a while --- Don't look now but Florida State is starting to look like a pretty good football team. The Seminoles improved to 7-2 on the year with a route of another team spinning out of control, Clemson. The Noles racked up over 400 yards of total offense and quarterback Christian Ponder continued to play relatively mistake free football in beating the Tigers 41-27 as Bobby Bowden reached the age of 79. FSU still has to face a tough schedule with Boston College at home and a road trip to Maryland before the Gators visit Doak Campbell Stadium. Florida fans may not want to hear it, but it's definitely in Florida's best interests for the Noles to enter that game 9-2.

Let's do it in regulation --- That's got to be the motto of the LSU Tigers after their third overtime loss in two years. The Bayou Bengals played valiantly in a 21-21 tie at the end of regulation, even blocking a late field goal to force extra football. But once again, LSU couldn't come through beyond the 60-minute mark and ‘Bama escaped 27-21. It's not as if Les Miles and company don't know how to play in the extra sessions. In his first season at LSU, 2005 his Tigers won three overtime games and added a fourth straight overtime win in '06.

Sorry Charlie --- A few years ago I endured the wrath of Notre Dame partisans when I wrote that Florida had clearly gotten the better collegiate coach when the Gators snapped up Urban Meyer before Notre Dame hired the former New England Patriots. Weis certainly made my judgment seem questionable when he shot out to a 9-1 start in his first season at South Bend, but since then I have been righter and righter. Weis is 18-18 overall since that fast start, and more remarkably 1-15 in his last 16 games against teams with winning records. Weis now promises (or should we say threatens) to become more active in running the Fightin' Irish offense. I guess that's what you do when you are shutout by Boston College and your hotshot quarterback throws four interceptions.

The defense rests --- Not by the design of Head Coach Mark Richt, but Georgia's defense seems to have called it a year. After getting blasted by the Gators for 49 points the Dawgs took a giant step backwards against Kentucky. Georgia gave up 38 points to a Kentucky team that had scored 19 points in its two previous games combined! They may not need to be much better against Auburn this week, but in two weeks against Georgia Tech the Bulldogs had better relocate the defense that held South Carolina to just seven points. Maybe they should storm the field and celebrate the next time they force a team to punt.


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