Originally created 11/18/02

Monday morning quarterback



A look back and ahead in college football:

WHO'S HOT

Michael Johnson. Georgia's junior flanker had 11 receptions for 130 yards entering Saturday's game at Auburn. He had 13 for 141 in the Bulldogs' 24-21 triumph, including the game-winning 19-yard grab with 85 seconds remaining.

WHO'S NOT

LSU. In their three losses this season - the latest was Saturday's 31-0 home collapse against Alabama - the Tigers have been outscored 88-15.

STAT OF THE WEEK

On six straight second-half drives, Auburn's offense mustered a total of 10 yards while going three--and-out on every possession.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia ... Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder is a master of halftime adjustments.

2. Georgia Tech ... The Yellow Jackets can be a big spoiler at Georgia on Nov. 30.

3. Clemson ... The Tigers have lost eight straight games against ranked opponents. That won't be an issue against South Carolina.

4. South Carolina ... The running game gave the offense a little life at Florida.

RANKING THE POWER CONFERENCES

1. Big 12 ... Kansas State might be the hottest team in the country.

2. Pac-10 ... Southern California could knock Notre Dame out of the BCS.

3. SEC ... Alabama looked scary at LSU.

4. Big Ten ... Ohio State's Jim Tressel knows how to beat Michigan. If he does Saturday, the Buckeyes are headed for the Fiesta Bowl.

5. ACC ... N.C. State looked Orange Bowl worthy a few weeks ago. Now, the Wolfpack might be lucky to land in the Peach.

6. Big East ... Pittsburgh is good enough to get Miami's attention, and that's not a good thing for the Panthers.

RANKING THE SEC, TOP AND BOTTOM

1. Alabama ... The Crimson Tide resumed its ownership of Baton Rouge, La.

12. Mississippi State ...The Bulldogs will try to ruin Arkansas' bid for the SEC West title on Saturday.

RANKING THE ACC, TOP AND BOTTOM

1. Maryland ... The Terrapins are playing better than Florida State despite their blowout loss to the Seminoles in September.

9. North Carolina ... The Tar Heels will play Duke in the Cellar Bowl on Saturday. Both are 0-7 in the league, and both can't wait for basketball season.

VIEW FROM THE PRESS BOX

"We jump up - Oh God! Touchdown in the corner! Somebody went up high! Was it Gibson or Johnson? We caught the ball!" - Georgia radio announcer Larry Munson, describing Johnson's game-winning catch.

WHAT'S NEXT

Georgia and Georgia Tech have a week off to prepare for their Nov. 30 game in Athens, Ga. South Carolina visits Clemson on Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams (7:45 p.m., ESPN).

THIS WEEK'S BIG STORY LINE

In their 100th meeting, the Gamecocks and Tigers play one of the lesser anticipated games in their rivalry. South Carolina needs to revive its stagnant offense if it wants to earn the victory necessary for bowl eligibility. Clemson needs to learn how to stop the run to avoid its second-straight six-win season. Might as well call this one the Mediocrity Bowl.

-Larry Williams