Shocking Saturday indeed.
Who in the world would have thought that the one constant in the complete messthat is the Big East would be Pittsburgh? The Panthers won its third consecutive BigEast game today, defeating Louisville 20-3 at home.
The teams that were expected to be atop the Big East are anything but. West Virginiadropped its second straight conference game, losing 16-13 inovertime against Connecticut. The loss brings about a ton of questions regarding the quick hire of Bill Stewart, and whether or not the Mountaineersare a good team.
Cincinnati was crushed by the steamroller that is Syracuse. The Orange took advantage of theZach Collaros-absent Bearcats by winning 31-7 on the road. Doug Marronehas his teams’ defense playing outstanding football, with each of the teams’ six wins showcasingdefensive performances equal to or under 14 opposing points.
In the ACC, we have seen three major upsets in the three games that have beenplayed so far this week. Thursday night we saw No. 16 Florida State loseto North Carolina State as Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson used his feet –three rushing touchdowns — rather than his arm.
Virginia defeated another ranked ACC team in Miami (FL) just moments ago. The Cavaliersnearly gave up a 24-0 lead, but was able to overcome 19 unanswered points to pull off the 24-19 win. Virginia made use of five Miami turnovers, and Virginia running back KeithPayne ran for 81 yards on 17 carries, with two scores.
Another ACC game today between Boston College and Clemson did not disappoint the currenttrend of… disappointment. The Eagles ended its current losing streak and maintained bowleligibility. Currently, Boston College holds the seventh longest bowl appearance streak in thenation, reaching the postseason 11 consecutive years. The Tigersjumped to a 10-3 lead after the first riding a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown byRashard Hall. Boston College showed that its defense was in fact enough to win a ballgame. Clemson was held to 265 total yards of offense, and the Eagles forced two turnovers, bothKyle Parker interceptions.
I wish I could come up with a nice little descriptive word for today’s games. Of course I wouldneed to use alliteration and make sure to encompass the aura of the day.
Sanctimonious Saturday? Not entirely.
Separation Saturday? No that’s been used before.
Shocking Saturday? That should suffice.
We’re only an hour into college football today, but boy do we have some barnburners.
Miami (FL) is down 14-0 to Virginia, and it honestly does not look like the ‘Canescan recover. Starting quarterback JacoryHarris has been knocked out of the game with what appeared to be a concussion. The Cavaliers simply just need to holdonto the football and occasionally get to backup quarterback Spencer Whipple. Virginiarunning back Keith Payne is a bruising back that has had little to no opportunities toshowcase his talents. Expect to see him carry the football for the remainder of the game.
It seems that this year the ACC is always good for an upset. While Miami is on that track,we have another one brewing in Massachusetts. With around six minutes left in the first half,Clemson is trailing Boston College 13-10. The Tigers have only notched 75 yards of offense, andits’ lone touchdown came on a pick-six.
In the Big East, Pittsburgh has just a 6-3 lead over Louisville, and Cincinnati is beingembarrassed 17-7 by Syracuse. The Bearcats have turned the ball over twice, but connectedon a 33 yard touchdown strike from backup quarterback Chazz Anderson to D.J.Woods. Anderson got the start due to Zach Collaros sitting withan injury.
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As a New Englander and Patriots fan–Am I suppose to announce that?–it’s difficult for me to bring this topic up.
Remember that whole Spygate situation involving the Patriots? Well, it appears something similar is happening at the college level.
Connecticut head coach Randy Edsall announced Wednesday that a former Husky’s parents emailed Program Assistant Joanne Fazio. Apparently, there was someone at Connecticut’s practice “that was giving a blow by blow of everything that happened in practice [on Tuesday].”
Edsall mentioned that he might move the Huskies’ practices indoors more frequently now that there is a “spy in the dorms.”
I doubt this will blow out of proportion, so maybe we can put it to bed early?
Sorry, gang. I know this article is about a Tiger, but it is not about Cam Newton. Heck, it isn’t even about Auburn.
Clemson running back Andre Ellington has quietly put together a remarkable season. You would think since C.J. Spiller‘s departure that there would be more room for talk on his potential replacement, but it has been just the opposite.
Talks of Kyle Parker‘s future with the football program overshadowed anything and everything else. That’s not to say it was not deserved; Parker was spectacular last year for Clemson, and not just on the gridiron.
Ellington currently sits at fifth in the ACC in rushing yards, third in rushing yards per game, and tied for first in rushing touchdowns. Since he began to return kicks, he has recorded five returns for 201 yards and a score. His 40.2 yards per return average is nearly double anyone else’s in the conference.
For his efforts thus far on the year, Ellington has since been added to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List. The award is brand spankin’ new, and will be given to the athlete that is voted as the most versatile in all of college football.
Ellington’s rise on the field will help Parker balance the Tigers’ offense, which Clemson desperately needs if Dabo Swinney hopes to return to the ACC title game. Clemson takes on Boston College in Chestnut Hill tomorrow at noon.