As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.
(Writer’s note: I’m “playing” very severely under the weather this weekend, so I apologize in advance for any errors and/or typos you may come across. Well any more than normal I should say. Thanks in advance.)
Turn that Top Dozen upside down
Heading into Week 3, the schedule wasn’t looking too promising on paper. Exiting it? To steal from the imitable Ron Burgandy, boy, that escalated quickly… I mean, that really got out of hand fast — especially in the Top 12 of the rankings. Two teams in that rarefied air lost outright — No. 6 Georgia, to South Carolina; No. 9 USC, to Boston College — while No. 12 UCLA barely escaped against a fair-to-middlin’ Texas team and looked unimpressive for a third straight game. The first two will certainly tumble out of the Top 10, while the Bruins could slip a bit as well despite the win. So, which teams will replace UGA and USC? No. 11 Notre Dame is a mortal lock. The second is murky as No. 12 is, of course, UCLA while No. 13 is one-loss Michigan State. My guess would be No. 14 Ole Miss slides into the Top 10, just ahead of the Spartans.
Livin’ the hug life
Instead of another one of the bigger stories in Week 3 appearing above the cyber fold, how about we toss in a really cool example of sportsmanship*? Yeah, didn’t think you’d mind. UMass, 2-27 since early November of 2011, jumped out to a quick 14-o lead on Vanderbilt in Nashville and took a 31-20 lead into the fourth quarter. Two Commodore touchdowns, however, gave them the lead with just over a minute to play. The Minutemen would roar back, driving into position to kick a game-tying field goal and send the non-conference contest into overtime. As time expired, though, UMass kicker Blake Lucas missed the chippy 22-yard attempt. Then, this happened.
Yes, that would be Vandy defensive lineman Adam Butler giving Lucas a brief hug — and pat on the back — after the really bad miss. Bravo, young man, for your short but welcome show of sportsmanship.
Loss puts UGA in SEC East driver’s seat?
If those in and around the Georgia football program aren’t nearly as upset and distraught over a divisional loss as you think they should be, don’t worry. There’s a method to the apparent madness. Yes, UGA was out-physicaled in its loss to South Carolina. Yes, USC and UGA are now tied atop the SEC East at 1-1, with the former holding the head-to-head tiebreaker. However, based on recent precedent, the Bulldogs have the rest of the division right where they want ’em. You see, the last two times UGA has qualified for the SEC championship game as the East’s winner (2011 and 2012), the Bulldogs lost to the Gamecocks the first month of the season. Yep, the Dawgs have ’em right where they want ’em.