Duke coach, former team going opposite directions

Reviewing and previewing college football:



Duke: The Blue Devils are off to a 3-1 start under first-year coach David Cutcliffe , Tennessee's former offensive coordinator. Duke has notched impressive wins over Navy and Virginia and has a big test against Georgia Tech this weekend. If the Blue Devils defeat the Yellow Jackets and Miami the following week, they'd face Vanderbilt in a possible top-25 matchup -- a definite sign of the apocalypse.


Phillip Fulmer: The Tennessee head coach is off to a 1-3 start with games to go against nationally-ranked teams in Georgia, Alabama and Vanderbilt. How much do the Vols miss Cutcliffe now?


According to some observers, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is the man to beat in the Heisman Trophy race. Through four games, Bradford has completed 72 percent of his passes for 1,293 yards, 16 touchdowns and two interceptions.

Georgia's Knowshon Moreno took a major dive in the Heisman Trophy race after his nine-carry, 34-yard performance against Alabama. The good news for Moreno: he still has games against four top-20 teams, including No. 3 Louisiana State University, to work back in the picture. But the main question is when will he return after suffering an elbow injury against the Crimson Tide?


Astute reader Randall Jenkins pointed out that Clemson indeed put out a new book in August -- The Clemson University Football Vault: The History of the Tigers . The book, written by Clemson's sports information director Tim Bourret, contains unique items, some dating back to the 1890s, including replica photos, tickets, stickers and pennants among other items in the 144-page hardcover.

Also in the series of Vault books, South Carolina, Georgia and Georgia Tech each have their respective books for sale.

For more information, go to www.collegevaultbooks.com.


1. Georgia (4-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) . If Moreno can't go against Tennessee, he'll have suitable replacements in Caleb King (5.3 yards per carry) and Richard Samuel (4.9).

2. Georgia Tech (3-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Confer-ence). Jonathan Dwyer is averaging 8.1 yards per carry.

3. Clemson (3-2, 1-1 ACC). Opponents completing 61 percent of their passes against the Tigers.

4. South Carolina (3-2, 0-2 SEC). Encouraging sign with redshirt freshman quarterback Steven Garcia accounting for 217 yards against Alabama-Birmingham.


- Duke at Georgia Tech, noon (ESPNU)

- South Carolina at Mississippi, 2 p.m. (Pay-per-view)


Clemson: Improving offensive consistency a must during week without game.

Georgia : No shortage of things to work on in bye week.

Georgia Tech : Who would have thought at the beginning of the year this would be a big game?

South Carolina: Gamecocks go on the road to face Rebels team sure to suffer a letdown.

-- Chris Ga y



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