Originally created 10/14/02

Monday morning quarterback



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

WHO'S HOT

Georgia's special teams. Without a blocked punt by Reggie Brown and a blocked field goal by Boss Bailey, Georgia might have lost to Tennessee.

WHO'S NOT

Clemson's offense. The Tigers ran just 26 plays and managed 33 rushing yards in the second half of Saturday's 22-17 loss at Virginia.

STAT OF THE WEEK

Before a 45-yard reception in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 18-13 loss at Georgia, Tennessee receiver Kelley Washington had two catches for minus 13 yards.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia ... Enjoy the ride, Bulldogs fans.

2. South Carolina ... The Gamecocks' defense proved a lot in Saturday's win at Kentucky.

3. Clemson ... Is there a quarterback controversy in Tigertown?

4. Georgia Tech ... The Yellow Jackets desperately need a win Thursday at Maryland.

RANKING THE POWER CONFERENCES

1. Big 12 ... Iowa State could give Oklahoma fits this week.

2. Pac-10 ... Somehow, Oregon has managed to remain undefeated.

3. SEC ... Georgia vs. LSU in the SEC Championship?

4. Big Ten ... Iowa looked impressive against Michigan State.

5. ACC ... Virginia coach Al Groh leads the early voting for league coach of the year.

6. Big East ... Miami and Virginia Tech sweated out wins over Florida State and Boston College, respectively.

RANKING THE SEC, TOP AND BOTTOM

1. Georgia ... It'll be hard for the Bulldogs to avoid looking ahead to their Nov. 2 game against Florida.

12. Mississippi State ... The Bulldogs won a "thriller" over Troy State, 11-8.

RANKING THE ACC, TOP AND BOTTOM

1. Florida State ... The Orange Bowl is seldom kind to the Seminoles.

9. Duke ... The Blue Devils dominated the stat sheet against Wake Forest but were dominated on the scoreboard, 36-10.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINE

"When the season is over, I hope we're the most overrated SEC champion ever. Maybe we can be the most overrated national champion, too." - Georgia defensive end David Pollack

WHAT'S NEXT

On Thursday, Georgia Tech plays at Maryland at 7:45 p.m.; On Saturday, Clemson plays host to Wake Forest at 3:30 p.m.; Georgia plays host to Vanderbilt at 12:30 p.m.; and South Carolina plays at Louisiana State at 7:45 p.m.

THIS WEEK'S BIG STORY LINE

South Carolina's season appeared on the rocks after the Gamecocks lost to Georgia on Sept. 14. But Lou Holtz's troops have turned things around, winning four straight games, and a victory in Baton Rouge, La., could put them in position for a major bowl.

-Larry Williams