Monday, October 26, 2009

Five Things We Think We Think We Might Know: Week 8

We are now eight weeks through the college football season. What that means? Who knows, because one week can change everything in college football. I do know that it means I have five more things we think we think we might know.

1. The ACC Coastal division is Georgia Tech's to lose. With UM's overtime loss to Clemson on Saturday, it left Georgia Tech tied with Virginia Tech for first in the division. Gt does own the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Hokies though, and with just two ACC games left (against Duke and Wake Forest), GT could very well be booking their hotel for Jacksonville... they just have to handle their business.

2. Terrence Cody is a large man, and an even larger difference maker. The 6-foot-5, 365-pound defensive lineman for Alabama came up huge for the Tide on Saturday, blocking two kicks. The blocks sealed Bama's 12-10 win over Tennessee, and kept the Tide undefeated.

Speaking of that Alabama game....

3. Alabama's win on Saturday reminded me of Florida's win against South Carolina in 2006. Yes, I am drawing a parallel between this season's Alabama team and the 2006 national champion Gators. Aside from both teams having a dominant defense as a focal point, in 2006, Florida's win at home against South Carolina became a signature moment for that title run. If you recall, Florida won that game, narrowly (17-16), after defensive lineman Jarvis Moss blocked an extra point, and two field goals, including a potential game-winner. Oddly similar to Alabama's win this weekend, no? Only time will tell if it is considered a focal point in Alabama's season.

4. We might see multiple undefeated teams this season, and at least one of them will feel left out. We know Florida or Alabama will have at least one loss. Texas seems to be clear on its way to a Big 12 title. Cincy plays in the Big East, and has a pretty tolerable schedule ahead. But this point mostly has to do with TCU and Boise State. Both could very well finish the season undefeated, and by BCS rules, only one will be guaranteed a BCS berth... which means one of them might be left out in the cold.

5. Florida's redzone offense, for a lack of better words, sucks. I know this is a third thing that deals with the SEC, and I apologize. But really, Florida's redzone offense has been abysmal this season. Many are quick to blame new offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, but keep in mind that wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales is the man responsible for calling the redzone plays. The play-calling has been unimaginative and uninspiring, to say the least, and it doesn't help when Tebow makes poor decision, or when the offensive line collapses around him. Something needs to be done to improve this Gators offense once they are inside the 20, because kicking field goals will not lead to another national title.

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