The SEC has two of the top three teams, four of the top six teams and six schools ranked in this week’s polls.  And while the league boasts the best football in the land, take note at the SEC’s second tier:  plenty of bad football ranging from Arkansas to Vanderbilt to Kentucky.  An Auburn that’s a lucky win over Louisiana-Monroe away from being 0-4.  A Missouri that’s in the East Division despite being further west than every team in the league but Texas A&M.  An Aggie attitude that it’s much better than it actually is.  With cannon fodder like that, how can’t a semi-decent program win 8 or 9 games off the bat?

 

Alma Mater Update– the Orange lost a lackluster game with Minnesota… dropping to 1-3.  Ryan Nassib set an unoffical record for sliding down while scrambling…and ten penalties plus four turnovers negate another effort that just comes up short.  Mad props to Sign of the Whale and an unheard of 5 to 2 drumstick to wing ratio.

 

Maryland rallied but came up short at #8 West Virginia 31-21.  The Terps wrap up non-conference play 2-2 just like last year but look quite a bit better than the 2011 unit that was falling apart at the end of September.  Terrapin Triumphs– the freshman connection of Perry Hills (305 yds and 3TDs passing) to Stefon Diggs (3 catches for 112 yards and 2 scores) gives this team home run capability from anywhere on the field.  The defense limited the Mountaineers “Air Raid” to 24 points under their average.  Terrapin Troubles– let’s begin with turnovers:  Hills lost one fumble that was returned for West Virginia’s first TD… and tossed an interception that ended hopes for a 4th quarter rally.  The defense couldn’t contain Tavon Austin when it mattered… the Baltimore native notching 13 catches for 179 yards and 3 TDs.  Next Up– Saturday October 6th against Wake Forest.

 

Virginia fell behind early against #17 TCU… and never really threatened in a 27-7 loss to the Horned Frogs.  Cavalier Congrats– the future is WOW:  sophomore Kevin Parks ran for 84 yards… somomore Dominique Terrell notched 5 catches for 86 yards…and freshman Maurice Canady intercepted a pass. Cavalier Concerns– starting 0 for 11 on third down kept UVa from ever mounting a serious rally… and four turnovers effected doused any chances to pull an upset.  Next Up:  Saturday vs Louisiana Tech.

 

Virginia Tech bounced back from its loss at Pitt by blasting Bowling Green 37-0… with an interesting uniform switch.  The visiting Falcons were clad in orange while the home Hokies wore whites with “camoflage” helmets.  Hokie Highlights– Logan Thomas threw 2 touchdown passes while running for another score… the D held BG to 33% completions and 3.2 yards per pass attempt.   The running game ground out 246 yards that included 24, 26 and 40 yard scrampers.  Hokie Humblings– another sluggish 1st quarter where VT almost trailed… nine penalties… and a missed extra point?  So not BEAMERBALL.  Next Up– vs Cincinnati at Fed Ex Field Saturday.

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