Louisiana State University. The top-ranked Tigers notched their sixth win over a top 25 team this season with their 9-6 win over then-No. 2 Alabama.
LSU won with defense and special teams (Drew Alleman converted all three field-goal attempts, while Alabama’s two kickers missed 4 of 6 field-goal tries.)
Penn State and former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Failing a drug test pales in comparison to the situation in Happy Valley.
As you might already know, Sandusky faces a 40-count grand jury indictment on varying degrees of child molestation. Yahoo! Sports reported that Penn State officials allowed Sandusky to remain a presence on campus as recent as last week, despite an alleged 2002 incident between the coach and a 10-year-old boy in the shower of the football team’s locker room.
If found guilty, Sandusky should receive the maximum punishment; and even that won’t be enough. And how does Joe Paterno sleep at night, having knowledge of Sandusky’s (alleged) transgressions and allowing him to return to Penn State? Despite Paterno’s 409 wins, this is his biggest failure. Now we know what he’s been hiding behind his thick, black glasses.
RANKING THE BIG FOUR
1. Clemson (8-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Tajh Boyd ranks 12th in the nation in passing yards per game (297.1)
2. Georgia (7-2, 5-1 Southeastern Conference). Linebacker Jarvis Jones leads the league with eight sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
3. South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC). The Gamecocks’ hopes of remaining in the SEC East race might fall on the shoulders of freshman quarterback Dylan Thompson.
4. Georgia Tech (7-2, 4-2 ACC). Linebacker Julian Burnett is fifth in the conference in tackles (81).
THIS WEEK'S GAMES
• Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech, 8 p.m., Thursday (ESPN)
• Wake Forest at Clemson, noon, Saturday (ESPNU)
• Florida at South Carolina, noon, (CBS-Ch. 12)
• Georgia Southern at Wofford, 1 p.m. (No TV)
• North Carolina A&T at S.C. State, 1:30 p.m. (No TV)
• Auburn at Georgia, 3:30 p.m. (CBS-Ch. 12)
THIS WEEK'S STORYLINES
Clemson: A victory locks up a berth in the ACC Championship game.
Georgia: All eyes will be on the noon game in Columbia.
Georgia Tech: Must-win game for the Yellow Jackets to have a shot at winning the Coastal Division.
South Carolina: Gamecocks seek back-to-back wins over the Gators for the first time since 1939.