College Football Musings -Week 6

Two Heisman candidates took to the field to help their teams get wins. A season of remarkable upsets went the week without a significant one for the first time. FSU tried to regroup as a program, but apparently the defense didn't get the message. The Gator defense meanwhile delivered quite a message of its own and the Zooker continues to struggle.

We have that and more in our weekly college football musings.

We love you Bobby ---- Give Florida State fans credit. They rallied around embattled Coach Bobby Bowden heading into the game with Georgia Tech. ‘Noles fans bought thousands of tickets and chanted their coach's name in a touching show of support for the soon to be 80-year old legend. Unfortunately for FSU no one on the defense or the defensive staff joined in the effort. Tech ran for 401 yards and never punted in winning a 49-44 shootout at Bobby Bowden Field. The Seminoles are now 2-4 and could be headed towards their first losing season since 1976.

Welcome back Sam ---- Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford returned to the Sooners in style. Bradford passed for 389 yards in a 33-7 domination of Baylor. It may be too late for Bradford to get into the Heisman race, but it's not too late for the Sooners to win the Big 12 and earn a BCS Bowl bid.

Not so upsetting ---- Finally we get a weekend of college football that pretty much went according to form. Only one ranked team lost to an unranked opponent, but it could hardly be viewed as a significant upset. No. 17 Auburn was beaten at Arkansas 44-23. The Razorbacks are a very good offensive football team and will provide the Gator defense with a significant challenge.

They're up to it ---- Two years ago the Gator defense was dominated by the LSU in the fourth quarter in Baton Rouge. Saturday night it was the exact opposite as a more experienced Florida unit stuffed the Bayou Bengals all night long. With every performance this unit is making it more and more likely that Charlie Strong will finally get a head coaching gig this off-season.

Almost upsetting ---- Three ranked teams barely survived games that could have really changed the complexion of their seasons. Unbeaten, No. 10 TCU held on the beat Air Force 20-17. No. 12 Iowa also remained unbeaten when a last minute interception sealed a 30-28 win over Michigan. At the bottom of the poll No. 25 South Carolina survived a back and forth game with Kentucky 28-26 to improve to 5-1 on the year. That's the good news for the Head Ball Coach. The bad news is that his Gamecocks travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama this week.

Not so Lame Kiffin ---- Tennessee's youthful coach got his biggest win on Rocky Top with a 45-19 rout of the Georgia Bulldogs. Jonathan Crompton threw for 310 yards and tossed four TD passes to lead the way. Kiffin is now the second least popular head man in the SEC East. Georgia partisans will squawk a lot about this one. That's three losses with Auburn, Georgia Tech and Florida still to play.

No SEC bragging allowed ---- The SEC can be proud that the Gators and Crimson Tide top the AP Poll, but there's no bragging about this week's non-conference action. Vandy found a way to lose at Army while Mississippi State lost at home to Houston.

GadZOOKs again ---- Former Gator Coach Ron Zook continues to see things fall apart at Illinoize. His team lost to Michigan State 24-14 to fall to 1-4 on the year. The Illini were actually down 24-zip before scoring two late TDs to make it look better. Zooker benched QB Juice Williams only to go back to him after the replacement Eddie McGee completed just 2-of-11 passes with one interception.


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