As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.
A-C-C! A-C-C! A-C-C!
Well would you look at what basketball conference has done a little bit of football growing up the first two weeks of the season. And what football program grabbed a signature win by the throat after years of NCAA turmoil. It was far from pretty offensively — most games involving the team from Gainesville are — but unranked (for now) Miami was able to punch its way to a 21-16 win over No. 12 Florida, the biggest win for The U since, what, Ohio State in 2011? Florida State or Oklahoma in 2009? Regardless, it was Al Golden‘s biggest win in his two-plus years with the Hurricanes, and a clear signal that, while they might not be there yet, The U is certainly pointed in the direction of the national stage. It’s also a sign that, after Clemson’s win over then-No. 5 Georgia opening weekend, the ACC will no longer be a pushover at the top. Or that the SEC East is vastly overrated. One of the two.
Big OBC monkey, be gone!
For both No. 11 Georgia in general and Aaron Murray specifically, there has been a mountain-sized monkey on their respective backs, a South Carolina one for the former and a big-game one for the latter. In one fell swoop, the simian has left the building thanks to the Bulldogs’ highly-entertaining 41-30 win over the No. 6 Gamecocks. For UGA it snapped a three-game losing streak against the ‘Cocks, made even sweeter coming off the tough three-point loss to Clemson. For Murray, it was just his second win — versus four losses — against a team ranked in the Top Ten. With the Bulldogs defense (again) struggling, Murray turned in a career-like performance, throwing for 309 yards and four touchdowns. Here’s to guessing Murray’s home won’t get TP’d and/or egged this year.
Tabbed as the gambling Heisman Trophy frontrunner earlier this week, Teddy Bridgewater did little to break that momentum this weekend. In No. 8 Louisville’s thumping of FCS-level Eastern Kentucky, the quarterback completed 23-of-32 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns. On the season, Bridgewater has completed 77 percent of his passes for 752 yards, nine touchdowns and an interception. Granted, the competition has been a MAC school and one from the FCS — and the schedule doesn’t get much tougher moving forward — but the junior is doing what he has to do: putting up big numbers when he’s supposed to, all the while hoping that some teams from the AAC step up their level of play.