NCF Nation: The Citadel
Nonetheless, the No. 12 Gamecocks did make a little history with their 41-20 win over The Citadel. It was their ninth win of the season, marking the first time in school history that the Gamecocks have won nine or more games in back-to-back seasons. They finished 9-5 a year ago.
Shaw finished 16-of-18 for 217 yards and threw touchdown passes of 32 yards to Alshon Jeffery, 25 yards to Ace Sanders and 20 yards to Rory Anderson. Shaw also had a 60-yard touchdown run.
The Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2) won't be going back to the SEC championship game for a second straight season unless Kentucky comes back and beats Georgia in the fourth quarter, but the Gamecocks can set themselves up for a nice bowl trip (possibly the Capital One Bowl or Cotton Bowl) if they can beat arch-rival Clemson at home next week.
As a great man once said: "D'oh."
Must have forgotten to take my vitamins. Or maybe my screwy gloating about my 2009 record infused my karma with stupid.
Well, here goes nothing.
Arizona 45, The Citadel 10: The key for the Wildcats: Assert yourself, get the starters to the bench. Start thinking about Iowa.
Arizona State 38, Northern Arizona 9: The key for the Sun Devils: Assert yourself, get the starters to the bench. Start thinking about Wisconsin.
California 30, Colorado 21: Colorado looks like a much improved team from 2009, but the Bears should be able to prevail at home. Wonder how Act II of Cal wide receiver Keenan Allen's freshman year will go?
Oregon 35, Tennessee 20: The Volunteers won't make things easy. The crowd at Neyland Stadium will be juiced. But the Ducks' myriad offensive weapons will break through with difference-making big plays. Interested to see how quarterback Darron Thomas looks in the early going.
Stanford 33, UCLA 24: Andrew Luck will make a couple of plays downfield, and then the Cardinal offensive line will take over. The big questions are Bruins quarterback Kevin Prince and Stanford's new 3-4 defense. Which looks good?
USC 45, Virginia 17: Here's a guess that Matt Barkley and the offense again roll, but the defense also will join the fun in front of a home Coliseum crowd hungry to talk about football and, if for just three hours, forget about a horrible offseason.
Washington 31, Syracuse 22: Jake Locker and the Huskies offense will be much better at home after a poor-to-middling outing at BYU. The Orange won't be a pushover, though.
Washington State 35, Montana State 21: An absolute must-win for coach Paul Wulff and the Cougars. If they lose to an FCS foe and start 0-2, it's not hard to imagine a winless season. On the other hand, if they play well, a bit of confidence might seep into the locker room.
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
This is impressive. Clemson coach Tommy Bowden swallowed his pride and called Nick Saban for advice. And Mark Richt. And Frank Beamer. And his father. He said their feedback will help him help the team regroup after the loss to Alabama.
- After that loss, Wake Forest was the only ACC team ranked in the AP poll. Personally, I think it's a little extreme to drop a previously top 10 team out of the rankings entirely after just one game.
- Which is why The Citadel coach Kevin Higgins is expecting the Tigers' best.
- Will Georgia Tech look as good against the Boston College defense? T.J. Barnes, a defensive tackle on the scout team, is doing his best to help them get ready. And the coaching staff is doing its best to try and limit Michael Johnson to under, say, 90 plays.
- Of course, the opposite question also needs to be asked. How will the Eagles fare against Paul Johnson's triple-option offense? The last time these teams met, it took a last-second field goal for BC to win the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Now, a league game is at stake.
- If not for the death of former Miami lineman Bryan Pata, Florida safety Major Wright would be lining up for the Hurricanes on Saturday.
- Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice's record really is a thing of the past after UNC receiver Brandon Tate's record-setting performance last week.
- Oh, and those guys who jumped out of the plane and landed on Duke's field? They hope to get another shot at Kenan Stadium some day. Hey, everybody makes mistakes. I jumped out of a plane once, and it's not like there's a steering wheel on those things.
- Injured Duke running back Re'quan Boyette contributed in his own way this past weekend, but the Blue Devils also found a capable back in Boyette's good friend Clifford Harris.
- Even with its suspensions for the first two games, FSU should start the season 2-0. But will they be mismatches compared to any of these?
- The Seminoles' depth chart is complete with one exception -- quarterback.