In this week's viewpoint segment, we point the figure elsewhere as LSU gets a pat on the back for an impressive, come from behind win in The Swamp.
The Tigers rallied from a 21-7 deficit to win in the final seconds. So who gets this week's thumbs down – that would be Georgia, Texas and the team formerly known as Nebraska.
Oh by the way, we take back some of the nice things we said about David Greene a week ago and frown at some predictions made by Sports Illustrated.
Getting it started, the first batch
of kudos goes to the LSU Tigers. Bouncing back from possibly the biggest
embarrassment of the Nick Saban era with a 45-16 loss at Georgia, the
Tigers stumbled early but captured an improbable win in the hostile confines of
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Most LSU fans were probably ready to throw in the
towel after two early interceptions put the Tigers behind a 14-0 8-ball. But
gritty performances by Marcus Randall and Joseph Addai led LSU to a
come-from-behind thriller, which left Florida fans stunned with
More kudos to Randall, who did not
get the start in Saturday's game. Instead, head coach Nick Saban went with
redshirt freshman JaMarcus Russell. Russell's playing time was cut short by a
high-ankle sprain (not to mention a pair of costly interceptions). When called
on Randall showed excellent poise in completing 18-of-27 passes for 198 yards
and two touchdown passes, the last coming with 27 seconds left on the clock. Not
only did Randall shine as a passer, the shifty senior contributed mightily to
LSU's 210-yard rushing total picking up 46 yards on 10 carries.
We gave Georgia
quarterback David Greene a great deal of credit l;ast week after he completed
10-of-19 passes for 174 yards, but most notably five touchdowns, versus LSU.
Prior to the game we said Greene was overrated and had done little to impress
other than a highly favorable record as Georgia's starter. As soon as we
praised him, Greene proved us wrong again in a lackluster showing in a 19-14
loss to Tennessee at home. In fact, the Bulldogs as a
whole were largely disappointing appearing still hung over from their emotional
win over the Tigers.
To Bobby Ross and the Army Cadets.
Snapping the nation's longest losing streak of 19 games, Army set off a goalpost
tumbling celebration with a rousing 48-29 win over Cincinnati. The Cadets
weren't the only guys snapping long losing streaks as UL-Monroe beat Idaho 16-14 and East Carolina defeated Tulane. Both wins broke nine-game losing skids for
each team. The nation's longest downturn now belongs to Central Florida, which
lost its ninth straight at Northern Illinois on
To Adrian Peterson. Featured on the
cover of Sports Illustrated last week, Oklahoma's fabulous freshman lived up to his advanced
billing ripping through the Texas defense for a truckload of yards. Could
it be the first time ever (and we don't consider Maurice Claret a true
candidate) we see a true freshman actually make a push for the
Speaking of Sports Illustrated, go
back and check out the Adrian Peterson issue of SI in which they published their
picks for last weekend's biggest game. Sports Illustrated chose Oklahoma to win, which
they did, but in a shootout 35-24. The Sooners won 12-0, granted on a sloppy
field. SI picked California to upset USC
(Trojans won 23-17) as well as a Georgia thrashing Tennessee 42-10. UGA proved Sports Illustrated
very wrong losing to the Vols 19-14. Also the "experts" picked Minnesota to finally
stake claim to the Little Brown Jug. But for the 16th straight year
Michigan defeated the Golden Gophers rallying
to upend Minnesota for the second straight
We spoke of Texas earlier. Although
they didn't get blown out by Oklahoma per say, the Longhorns still lost,
lost to their arch rival for the fifth straight year. While they only were
beaten 12-0, was another loss to OU enough to send Mack Brown packing? Only time
will tell, but Texas was shutout for the first time since
1980, some 240-plus game.
While we are on the subject of the
Big XII, we can't go any further without mentioning the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
ESPN's Trev Alberts, a Husker alum, said Saturday morning Southern Miss should
be ranked higher because they are unbeaten. When counterpart Mark Mary mentioned
the fact the Golden Eagles barely beat Houston, Alberts shot right back with the
fact USM beat Nebraska in Lincoln. Big deal!! The
mighty Huskers, who fired a coach who went 9-3 last season, traveled to
Lubbock and got
drilled by Texas Tech 70-10. That's right 70-10 – that's not a typo. It was the
worst loss in the 114-year history of Nebraska football as well as the most points
ever allowed by a Cornhusker team.
Cal. While we feel the Trojans are not playing the way a No. 1
ranked team should perform, Pete Carroll's team is doing what is necessary to
retain the nation's top slot. After close calls with Virginia Tech and Stanford,
USC survived another near-miss with Cal in the Coliseum. Although the Bears
outgained Southern Cal 454-205, the Trojans
emerged with a six-point, 23-17 win. Lee Corso said it right when he remarked
that the best team in the Pac-10 didn't win on Saturday.
To Justin Vincent. The Most
Valuable Player of the SEC Championship Game and the Nokia Sugar Bowl, Vincent
has been a no-show for most of the season. No one could have imagined Vincent
could do worse than a two carry, two yard performance against
Georgia. But the sophomore managed to
prove everyone wrong carrying one time for no yardage, but he did catch one pass
for six yards. Running backs Alley Broussard and Joseph Addai have passed up
Vincent, who is mired in an obvious sophomore slump, has even been passed up by
Shyrone Carey. While Vincent may remain invisible for the remainder of this
season, he still has several seasons of good football ahead.