Updated 3:25 p.m. ET: Georgia continued its dominance over rival Georgia Tech, and the No. 3 Bulldogs took care of business by beating the Yellow Jackets 42-10. Aaron Murray finished with two touchdown passes and three incompletions on a 14-of-17 passing day with 215 yards.
Not that Murray needed to carry the game on his shoulders. Georgia rushed for 164 yards behind Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall.
The Bulldogs now have only the SEC championship game between them and a BCS championship appearance (Remember when the Dawgs were dominated by South Carolina in October?). Awaiting Georgia in Atlanta should be No. 2 Alabama, though we’re required to give Auburn at least a 0.00000000001 percent chance of toppling the Tide this afternoon.
At No. 3 in the BCS, Georgia has a clear path to the national championship game: beat Georgia Tech today and beat No. 2 Alabama in Atlanta in the SEC championship next weekend.
Through two and a half quarters of play, the Bulldogs are getting closer to accomplishing that first step. Mark Richt‘s team is delivering a clean, old-fashioned whooping to the Yellow Jackets — who will be heading to the ACC title game to take on Florida State — leading 35-3. Georgia’s been able to be move the ball against GT’s much-maligned defense without issue and running back Todd Gurley already has nearly 100 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns. Quarterback Aaron Murray has a pair of touchdown throws as well (and just two incompletions)
The Yellow Jackets’ triple option is moving the ball well enough, but two turnovers have been costly. Bulldogs safety Bacarri Rambo forced and recovered a fumble on GT’s first offensive drive, setting up a Gurley touchdown.
Seeing as it’s rivalry week, we’re not going to proclaim a winner until the final whistle blows, but Georgia Tech is going to need a turnaround of epic proportions in order to mount a comeback at this point.
LSU opened up a high-profile head coaching vacancy on Sunday by removing head coach Les Miles as the head of the football program. As Miles was shown the door, the list of possible candidates started popping up just about everywhere you might look. Names like Houston’s Tom Herman and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher have been popular and trendy, but not so much for Stanford head coach David Shaw.
Asked about the new opening in Baton Rouge, Shaw was rather definitive in his stance.
“Are you serious? The answer is no,” Shaw said, seemingly without hesitation according to ESPN reporter David Lombardi.
It should be mentioned that it is incredibly rare for a head coach in a current position with one program would even drop a hint of interest in another position elsewhere, so keep that in mind as coaches like Herman and Fisher deny having any contact with LSU and so on during the annual coaching carousel. That said, Shaw leaving Stanford would be a pretty good shock, so we can probably take Shaw at his word here.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh announced senior cornerback Jeremy Clark will not play another down this season. Clark suffered a torn ACL in a blowout win against Penn State on Saturday while on special teams duty.
With Clark no longer an option for the defense, Harbaugh mentioned a few players as possible replacements for the rest of the season; Brandon Watson, Lavert Hill, and David Long.
Harbaugh also said the school will petition the NCAA to see if they can get a sixth year of eligibility for Clark. Players are eligible to apply for a medical redshirt of a season-ending injury occurs in the first third of the regular season, which Michigan’s fourth game would qualify for. Clark has already used a redshirt season at Michigan.
When you go out on a limb and guarantee a victory, you better hope you and your team can back it up. Otherwise, your statements could come back to haunt you. The folks in Tennessee had a little fun at the expense of Florida defensive back Quincy Wilson this week after the Vols came from behind to beat Florida in a key SEC East Division game in Knoxville. The win brought an end to an 11-year losing streak Tennessee had going against their division rivals from Florida, which was cause for celebration alone, but being able to capitalize on a golden quote served up by Wilson a few days prior to the game ensured yet another victory on social media.
“Have you ever seen a duck pull a truck? Ducks don’t pull trucks,” Wilson said in the days leading up to Florida’s game at Tennessee. “Nobody has ever seen a duck pull a truck. Florida Gators are going to win, simple as that.”
As that particular quote started making the rounds around the college football world, the Oregon Ducks of all programs decided to weigh in on the rivalry smack talk by sharing a video of the Oregon mascot pulling a truck…
So, it was only fitting that after Tennessee snapped its losing streak against the Gators and made Wilson eat some crow for his duck metaphor, the video production team at Tennessee had a little fun with everything that transpired. It would appear that Smokey, Tennessee’s mascot, appreciated the support from Oregon and is now repaying the favor.
Well done, Tennessee video team!
The Florida Gators do not appear to be optimistic about quarterback Luke Del Rio being available for their next game against Vanderbilt this weekend. Florida announced Del Rio is “highly doubtful” for this weekend’s game after missing this past weekend’s game at Tennessee.
Del Rio suffered a left knee injury two weeks ago against North Texas, forcing him to miss last weekend’s game against the Vols. Florida expects to be able to work Del Rio back into the practice routine starting Tuesday and will continue to monitor his progress as they make sure he is good to go before testing him in a game.
“I would say he’d be highly doubtful for this week,” Florida head coach Jim McElwain said Monday. “But I’m still not going to count him out.”
Austin Appleby stepped in to get his first start at Florida since transferring from Purdue when he took the field on Saturday at Tennessee. It is expected Appleby will once again get the start against Vanderbilt. Del Rio visited with the team and was in a uniform last weekend, more so he could communicate and help Appleby out as best he possibly could from the sideline.