Originally created 11/05/01

Monday morning quarterback



A look back and ahead in the ACC, SEC and abroad in college football:

WHO'S HOT

Florida State. Nobody wants to play the Seminoles, who have beaten Virginia, Maryland and Clemson by a combined score of 136-65.

WHO'S NOT

Alabama. It's the same drill for the Tide, losers of four of their past five games despite heading into the fourth quarter either tied or leading each time.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Florida State had 11 plays that gained 26 or more yards in Saturday's 41-27 win at Clemson.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

"Look at it this way: Wouldn't you like FSU's chances if somehow the season could be restarted today?" - Darrell Fry of the St. Petersburg Times

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC) ... Columbia will be electric when Florida comes to town Saturday.

2. Georgia (5-2, 4-2 SEC) ... Beating Auburn would be another sign of progress for Mark Richt.

3. Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC) ... The ACC title could be at stake when the Jackets close out the season at Florida State.

4. Clemson (5-3, 3-3 ACC) ... Tiger backers are losing patience with Tommy Bowden.

RANKING THE POWER CONFERENCES

1. Big 12 ... Texas could sneak back into the national title picture.

2. Pac-10 ... The better teams are beating each other up.

3. SEC ... Vanderbilt and Kentucky are a combined 0-11 in conference play.

4. ACC ... North Carolina's loss at Georgia Tech was costly.

5. Big Ten ... Michigan State used some home cooking to upset Michigan.

6. Big East ... Virginia Tech is in trouble.

RANKING THE SEC, TOP AND BOTTOM

1. Florida ... After hanging 71 points on Vanderbilt, the Gators hope to make another statement at South Carolina.

12. Vanderbilt ... The Commodores have quit on Woody Widenhofer.

RANKING THE ACC, TOP AND BOTTOM

1. Florida State ... The Seminoles are looking dominant with a bunch of freshmen and sophomores. Uh-oh.

9. Duke ... The Blue Devils showed some bright spots in their loss to N.C. State.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINE

"The championship comes through Columbia. But it's no layover stop." - South Carolina coach Lou Holtz

WHAT'S NEXT

On Saturday, Clemson will play at Maryland (7 p.m., ESPN2); Georgia will play host to Auburn (3:30 p.m., CBS-Ch. 12); Georgia Tech will play at Virginia (3:30 p.m., no TV); and South Carolina will play host to Florida (7:45 p.m., ESPN).

THIS WEEK'S BIG STORY LINE

The Gamecocks face the Gators in what might be the biggest game in school history. If South Carolina wins and Florida beats Tennessee on Dec. 1, the Gamecocks will become the first team other than the Gators or Volunteers to win the SEC East Championship.

-Larry Williams