College Football Musings -Week 8

Well we sat through another weekend of college football and observed an assortment of performances covering the spectrum. Alabama's status as the best all around team in the country was short lived, and there is now a clear front runner for the Heisman Trophy. FSU silenced the critics while the "U" woke theirs up. Meanwhile BCS Commissioners are shuddering at the thought of two BCS gate crashers.

We'll have that and more and this week's edition of the musings.

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Roll Tide? ---- Alabama was lauded as the top all around team in the country after the Gators' less than inspiring performance against Arkansas. Well the Tide went out this weekend and had to hang on for dear life in a 12-10 win over Tennessee. Alabama didn't reach the end zone against the Vols and has scored just two offensive touchdowns in the last three games. ‘Bama is having the same problem that's plaguing the Florida Gators; poor execution and play calling in the Red Zone.

S-O-S for S-O-S ---- Steve Spurrier revolutionized the SEC in his 12 years with the Gators re-writing the conference record books for passing and scoring. But his five years in South Carolina have borne little resemblance to the "Fun-and-Gun" that terrorized opposing defenses in the 90s. Carolina improved to 6-2, 3-2 in the SEC this weekend with a 14-10 win over Vanderbilt. It's the fourth time in eight games that the Head Ball Coach has been held to 16 points or less.

That won't do at the "U" ---- The Miami Hurricanes managed to win three of four games against ranked teams to open the season and were in control of their destiny in the ACC Coastal Division. Not anymore. Miami lost a 40-37 overtime shootout with Clemson to fall to 2-2 in ACC play. With Miami's loss, Georgia Tech can clinch the division title with wins over Wake Forest and Duke down the stretch. Miami has a pretty weak schedule the rest of the way and a 10-2 finish is not unrealistic.

Leave Bobby alone ---- That's the cry from FSU supporters of the embattled coaching legend after the Noles rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat North Carolina on the road 30-27. Before FSU fans get too excited, realize that Carolina is winless in ACC play this year. Still it was an important win for FSU considering they will be underdogs in road games at Clemson and Florida next month. One concern for the Gators has to be the emergence of Christian Ponder who had his third straight 300-yard game. Ponder has passed for more than 2,000 yards with 12 TD and just one INT.

Could there be two gate crashers? ---- The BCS invites 10 teams for the biggest bowl games of the year, and now the conference commissioners who run the cartel are faced with the very real possibility that there could be two teams from non-BCS leagues that position themselves for spots in those games. Boise State is generally viewed as the team to get invited, but TCU may well be more deserving if they win out. The Horned Frogs can boast wins over BYU, Virginia and Clemson and still have nationally ranked Utah to play. Boise's only win of note came over Oregon opening day. Should both win out the BCS is only required to invite one of them, but the political pressure to give both a shot will be immense, especially if more unbeaten teams fall by the wayside.

McCoy surges to front runner status ---- Texas QB Colt McCoy will be very hard to beat for this year's Heisman Trophy. McCoy was able to shake off a bruised thumb and pass for 269 yards and three TD in a 41-7 rout of Missouri. While McCoy was a star, Tim Tebow had perhaps his worst game ever throwing two pick-six interceptions for Mississippi State touchdowns in a closer than it should have been 29-19 win. Alabama running back Mark Ingram also took a major step backward in ‘Bama's 12-10 win over Tennessee. Ingram managed 99 yards, but coughed up a key fumble and never reached the end zone. He did go over the 1,000 yard mark, but eight TD and just four 100-yard performances in eight games doesn't get it done. There's still time for one of them to make a run, but for now McCoy is clearly the guy to beat.


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