Gamecocks, Shoelace, and ACC Meltdowns: What We Learned In Week 2

Eddie BeckerCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2010

COLUMBIA - SEPTEMBER 11: Tailback Marcus Lattimore #21 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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1) South Carolina will win the SEC East.

It's sounds a bit hasty in it's thought, but if you've paid any attention to South Carolina Gamecock football this past summer and over the first two games, then you've come to realize what a strong team this is.  Spurrier's squad has had some quality pieces the past few years, but never have they had seemingly every cylinder clicking at the same time.  The key to this Gamecock team is their true freshman running back Marcus Lattimore.  Against a solid Georgia defense Saturday, Lattimore racked up 182 yards rushing on 37 carries, scoring two touchdowns.  The Gamecock defense held Georgia to just two field goals, and had 23 first downs to just 11 for Georgia.  With the less than impressive play we've seen from Florida thus far, Spurrier has a legit shot at a SEC title this year.  Right now I only foresee one obvious loss on their schedule to Alabama.  They could (and maybe should) win the rest.

2) The ACC is terrible.  Absolutely terrible.

We knew coming into this weekend it could be a make or break Saturday for the ACC.  After all, two of their marquee teams were playing ranked opponents on the road (Florida State at Oklahoma, Miami at Ohio State). But before those games had even reached the end of their respective first quarters, Virginia Tech was suffering an unimaginable defeat at the hands of Division I-AA James Madison.  Meanwhile, #15 Georgia Tech was on the road losing to Kansas, a team that managed only 3 points last week in a loss to North Dakota State.  Adding to those embarrassments were the Seminoles going on to get blasted by Oklahoma and Miami's Heisman hopeful QB Jacory Harris throwing four picks in a loss to Ohio State.  It's one thing for a BCS conference to lose big games on the road to big time opponents, but when home games against FCS schools are no longer a given (remember last year Duke and Virginia lost to lower division schools), there's a problem.  How do you correct it?  I'm not sure.  But John Swofford better figure out how to soon.

3) Denard Robinson is becoming Michigan football.

A week after ripping apart UConn's defense, Denard "Shoelace" Robinson catapulted his way into the Heisman hopeful talk, and more importantly, into the hearts and hopes of Michigan fans everywhere.  Robinson went 24-40 for 244 yards and one touchdown Saturday against Notre Dame.  He also rushed 28 times for 258 yards and two touchdowns.  He personally accounted for 502 of the Wolverines 532 total offensive yards.  Sure, Michigan may not have much else other than Shoelace, but as long as they have him, they'll be fine, and Rich Rod's seat will continue to cool off.

4) You're not in Gainesville anymore, Tim Tebow.

And boy does it show.  Last week's offensive performance from the Gators against Miami (the Ohio kind) was so atrocious that even Steve Spurrier was calling Urban Meyer to suggest some plays.  Ok, not really, but none the less few people expected the transition from Tim Tebow to John Brantley to go this rough.  In Saturday's action against South Florida, Brantley went 18-31 for just 172 yards.  He did throw two touchdowns, but only after a first half of anemic offensive play. The Gators have only 175 total yards in the first half of their first two games.  Two things are apparent for the Gators the rest of the way.  A) Jeff Demps has to be the go to guy, and B) They've got to start out games better.  Pretty simple, huh?

5) TCU is the new Boise State.

No, they won't make the BCS title game even if they win the rest of their games by 30+ points, but TCU may have leap-frogged Boise as the true BCS buster this year.  Not because of their thrashing of Tennessee Tech Saturday, but because of James Madison's beating of Virginia Tech.  The win over the Hokies from Monday night now looks about as useful as a Lindsay Lohan rehab stint, and actually could cost Boise should they struggle in any wins against conference opponents this year.  It now looks highly doubtful any team from outside the BCS conferences will make the BCS title game, but shouls Boise and TCU go undefeated, that pesky playoff idea will push itself from the BCS back burner and into the forefront of college football discussions again.