Todd Gurley. Though he was gassed in the second half against Florida, the Georgia running back still proved to be dynamic in his return. Gurley will easily be a Heisman Trophy front-runner in 2014.
Dan Sileo. The former Miami lineman was fired from his job as a South Florida radio host after offering $1,000 on Twitter to any Hurricane player to take out a Florida State player. He claimed he was joking after the initial backlash and deleted the tweet.
Florida State is back at No. 2 in the Bowl Championship Series standings after defeating Miami, but Oregon will reclaim the spot with a win Saturday over No. 5 Stanford.
How awesome is it going to be if Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State all finish the regular season with unblemished records, but two of them get shut out of the national title game? It’s too bad the playoff system doesn’t start until next season.
‘SHOW ME’ STATE WATCH
Missouri plays at noon Saturday at Kentucky. Don’t get too excited, Bulldog and Gamecock fans. The Tigers are a two-touchdown favorite, and the Wildcats are winless in conference play this season.
RANKING THE BIG FOUR
1. Clemson (8-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Some dominoes have to fall just right, but the Tigers have a decent shot at playing in a BCS bowl.
2. South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference). The Gamecocks left tackle Corey Robinson is projected to be selected in one of the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft.
3. Georgia (5-3, 4-2 SEC). The Bulldogs need to rest Gurley as much as possible before the big one next week at Auburn.
4. Georgia Tech (6-3, 4-2 ACC). Robert Godhigh is averaging a stellar 11.3 yards per rush on 42 carries this season.
• Appalachian State at Georgia, 12:30 p.m. (No TV)
• Florida A&M at S.C. State, 1:30 p.m. (No TV)
• Western Carolina at Georgia Southern, 2 p.m. (No TV)
THIS WEEK’S STORYLINES
Clemson: The Tigers are preparing for next week’s showdown with the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia: The Bulldogs are looking to play a complete game against Appalachian State.
Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets have to figure out how to slow down Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd in two Thursdays.
South Carolina: All eyes will be on the Missouri-Kentucky game in Lexington.
– Chris Gay, staff writer