Originally created 12/03/01

Monday morning quarterback



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

WHO'S HOT

Verron Haynes. Georgia's senior tailback has rushed for 521 yards and four touchdowns in his past three games.

WHO'S NOT

Duke and Houston. The Blue Devils and Cougars, who finished the season winless, have lost 38 straight games combined.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Clemson scored on the first play in three of its first six scoring drives in Saturday's 59-31 win over Duke.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

"Indeed there was never any hint of intimidation. Confronted by a decade of bad vibes and an 18-point underdog (role) in the betting line, the Vols drew a line in The Swamp." - David Climer of the Nashville Tennesseean, on Tennessee's 34-32 upset over Florida

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia (8-3, 5-3 SEC) ... Bulldogs won their last three regular-season games for the first time since 1983.

1. (tie) South Carolina (8-3, 5-3 SEC) ... Maybe basketball will keep Derek Watson out of trouble this winter.

3. Georgia Tech (7-5, 4-4 ACC) ... Jackets are the ACC's disappointment of the year.

4. Clemson (6-5, 4-4 ACC) ... Tigers rolled out the orange carpet for Tangerine Bowl representatives Saturday - and ended up fruitless.

RANKING THE POWER CONFERENCES

1. Big 12 ... Inexplicable gaffe against Colorado might've cost Texas a shot in the national title game.

2. SEC ... Think Tennessee wants that Georgia loss back?

3. Pac-10 ... Stanford will give Georgia Tech fits.

4. Big Ten ... Michigan and Ohio State could have their hands full in the Citrus and Outback bowls.

5. ACC ... Maryland vs. Florida in the Orange Bowl?

6. Big East ... A Virginia Tech upset of Miami would have made chaos of the BCS.

RANKING THE SEC, TOP AND BOTTOM

1. Tennessee (10-1, 7-1) ... Vols dominated the line of scrimmage against the Gators.

12. Vanderbilt (2-9, 0-8) ... Commodores couldn't stand prosperity and squandered a 17-point lead in Saturday's loss at Mississippi.

RANKING THE ACC, TOP AND BOTTOM

1. Maryland (10-1, 7-1) ... How close were the Terps to a Rose Bowl appearance?

9. Duke (0-11, 0-8) ... Blue Devils are the second team in NCAA history to go 0-11 in back-to-back years.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINE

"Is 6-5 acceptable? No. But under the circumstances of some of the things that have happened, that's what we dealt with right now, and we'll just try to improve." - Clemson coach Tommy Bowden

THIS WEEK'S BIG STORY LINE

Georgia and South Carolina will take considerable interest in Saturday's SEC Championship game between Tennessee and LSU. If the Volunteers win, the Bulldogs likely will take on Ohio State in the Outback Bowl and the Gamecocks will be a good bet to play Michigan in the Citrus Bowl. If the Tigers win, South Carolina might be bound for the Cotton or Peach bowls. Georgia could be booted from the Outback mix, too.

-Larry Williams