Originally created 11/04/02

A look back and ahead in college football


A look back and ahead in college football:

WHO'S HOT Georgia Southern. The Eagles have rebounded beautifully from a slow start under new coach Mike Sewak, and this week they'll play at Furman with a chance to claim their sixth straight Southern Conference title.

WHO'S NOT Undefeated teams. Four of them lost Saturday, including Georgia. Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and N.C. State also fell, leaving four Top 10 teams trying to recover from upsets.

STAT OF THE WEEK Georgia and South Carolina were a combined 2-for-23 on third-down conversions Saturday. The Bulldogs were 0-for-13, and the Gamecocks were 2-for-10 in an 18-10 loss to Tennessee.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR 1. Georgia ... The Bulldogs could be headed for the Citrus Bowl if they don't regroup fast.

2. Georgia Tech ... The Yellow Jackets are nothing if not resilient.

3. South Carolina ... Watching the Gamecocks' offense is an excellent cure for insomnia.

4. Clemson ... The Tigers look like Continental Tire Bowl material.

RANKING THE POWER CONFERENCES 1. Big 12 ... Oklahoma is the best team in the country.

2. Pac-10 ... Washington State gets Oregon at home this week.

3. SEC ... Ron Zook has two wins over Top 5 teams this season. Not even Steve Spurrier pulled off that feat.

4. Big Ten ... Ohio State is lucky it doesn't have to play Iowa this year.

5. ACC ... Florida State quarterback Chris Rix should make himself comfortable on the Seminoles' bench.

6. Big East ... Boston College owns Notre Dame.

RANKING THE SEC, TOP AND BOTTOM 1. Alabama ... Think the Crimson Tide would like a rematch with Georgia?

12. Vanderbilt ... What a great time to play Florida.

RANKING THE ACC, TOP AND BOTTOM 1. Florida State ... As bad as they've looked, the Seminoles still occupy the driver's seat in the ACC.

9. North Carolina ... The Tar Heels surrendered 388 rushing yards in a 59-7 home embarrassment against Maryland.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINE "I'm sticking to my prediction. They're going to lose another one before the season is out. I'm not lying." - Florida guard Shannon Snell, on Georgia

WHAT'S NEXT On Saturday, Clemson plays at North Carolina at noon; South Carolina plays host to Arkansas at 12:30 p.m.; Georgia Tech plays host to Florida State at 3:30 p.m. and Georgia plays host to Mississippi at 7 p.m.

THIS WEEK'S BIG STORY LINE After an invigorating triumph at N.C. State, Georgia Tech is in position to do more damage against the Seminoles. The Yellow Jackets, thought to be on the brink of collapse recently, can finish impressively with a victory Saturday. An attractive bowl is a very real possibility.

-Larry Williams


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