September 20, 2008
Welcome back, readers! As always, DT is here, come rain or shine... It rained pretty hard for Ohio State last week. But the rain will hopefully give way to new life and change. Tough, but ultimately needed, change. But there's a whole lot of other teams out there competing as well. Let's not leave them out! Time to get it started!
Week 3 Upsets
13 Kansas was upset by 19 South Florida; 15 Arizona State lost to unranked UNLV, 23 California was beaten by unranked Maryland.
- Backup Oregon QB Justin Roper, who took over the starting job for the Ducks after initial QB Nate Costa was injured, has been hurt as well. He will miss at least 4-6 weeks (knee).
- Ohio State RB Chris "Beanie" Wells will not play this weekend against Troy (foot).
- Georgia DE Roderick Battle will miss his second straight game for the Tigers (neck) and not be available against Arizona State.
- LSU LB Darry Beckwith will not be in the lineup this week against Auburn due to a knee injury suffered last week.
- Where to begin on Ohio State...? DT is working on an entire separate report on the Buckeyes and their problems, as DT's Picks of the Week© is just not the place for such a thorough endeavor like that. Some of our readers wouldn't be interested in such a full breakdown unless they are OSU fans, or the haters we discussed in last week's DTmail™ segment.
DT is still of the opinion that he'd rather have teams lose in marquee match-ups rather than not be willing/able to play in them at all or only schedule "cupcakes" (seriously, Virginia Tech... North Carolina this week?? I know they are in the ACC and all, but still...).
However, DT will say is that there's no denying the complete whipping that Ohio State received from Southern Cal on the gridiron on Saturday night. After such a thorough dismantling by an elite opponent on national TV (again), head coach Jim Tressel and the Buckeyes have a lot of work to do for at least the next several seasons before their image and their program will begin to mend...
- What happened to the Mountaineers? Colorado beat them last night, handing them their second loss in just the first three weeks of the season. West Virginia was on the precipice of the BCS national title game last season, and lost their final regular season game.
Since then, outside of last year's bowl victory over Oklahoma, this WVU team has had the wheels completely come off their program. We seriously doubt former head coach Rich Rodriguez's departure is the sole reason for their woes. However, it seems there is a lot of work to do in Morgantown right now.
- Scores of note from last weekend: 18 BYU 59, UCLA 0. That is for a UCLA team that beat Tennessee out of the SEC in Week 1... 9 Auburn 3, Mississippi State 2. From reports out of Mississippi, apparently the fans piled into the stadium expecting a football game, but left 20 minutes later when they realized that they were actually watching hockey...
Ted Lawrence (Murrells Inlet, SC) do you think Steve Spurrier is on the hot seat? the Gamecocks can't seem to keep from losing the games it takes to contend in the SEC.
DT: Head coach Steve Spurrier, the "Old Ball Coach", on the hot seat? Or is it the "Head Ball Coach"...? We can't keep it straight... But being in fear of losing his job is always a factor when you raise the level of expectations for a program and then fail to deliver on those promises.
Spurrier came to Columbia with one goal in mind; which he reminded everyone of frequently. The Gamecocks would win the SEC, which had never been done in the history of the program's membership to the conference.
But when you go on five-game losing streaks to close out a season, continue to be on the losing side of a heated rivalry, lack the level of recruiting to compete in your conference, and come up way short of the commitments you've made to your fan base; it's definitely not going to help for your future as the "Head Ball Coach"...
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Picks of the Week
Wofford @ South Carolina (line unavailable)
South Carolina is still struggling to find an offensive identity and a starting QB. The Gamecocks have a few other problems this season as well... But let's face it; the Terriers are not one of them.
Wofford 3, South Carolina 34
South Carolina State @ Clemson (line unavailable)
Let we hear you... "H-E-L-P!!!!!" What's that spell?? What SC State will need a lot of in order to beat Clemson at home. The Tigers seem to have their heads on straight, after last week's 27-9 rout of the other Carolina State school (North Carolina State).
South Carolina State 7, Clemson 42
Georgia @ Arizona State (Arizona State +7)
In an intriguing non-conference game, Georgia travels outside the southeast corner of the nation for the first time since the 1800s to square off against Dennis Erickson and a rising Pac-10 team. The Sun Devils struggled on defense last year, and are still having issues with yielding yardage on the ground thus far in 2008. With RB Knowshawn Moreno and crew coming to town, that's not a good sign. Still, the Bulldogs did have a lot of trouble with South Carolina last week... With more offensive linemen Kiante Tripp & Vince Vance battling the injury bug (both are listed as probable), and DE Battle missing his second consecutive game, Georgia will need to play well. Perhaps not just to maintain their spot in the polls, either... But also to get the win on the road.
Georgia 28, Arizona State 21
LSU @ Auburn (Auburn + 2.5)
LSU and Auburn had a tough bout a year ago, and this year's game could be just as close. At least, that is if you listen to the TV pundits... Auburn comes into this game with the 96th ranked passing offense after three weeks. That is after facing the defenses of Louisiana-Monroe, Southern Mississippi, and Mississippi State. Against LSU, that spells D-O-O-M. They'll have to rely on a much better ground game (ranked 24th, nationally) and a solid defense in order to get the victory. But if LSU takes the home crowd out of the game early, this one could get ugly by the third quarter.
LSU 28, Auburn 24
Troy @ Ohio State (Ohio State - 20.5)
Bottom line: OSU has a lot of problems to fix. But QB Terrelle Pryor is not one of them. Make no mistake about it; Pryor should be the starting QB for the Buckeyes going forwards. Their ultimate success will depend on it. Word out of Columbus is that Pryor took 50% of the snaps with the starters this week in practice, and may start tomorrow. Ohio State fans should hope so, as the other Trojans from Troy can be a tricky opponent.
Troy 14, Ohio State 31