Originally created 10/04/04

Monday morning quarterback



WHO'S HOT: David Greene. So much for Georgia's offensive impotence. Of Greene's 19 pass attempts, five were touchdowns as the Bulldogs revenged two past loses in a rout of Louisiana State.

WHO'S NOT: Alabama's quarterbacks. There might be tryout fliers around campus this week in Tuscaloosa because the Tide need a quarterback. Badly. Marc Guillon and Spencer Pennington didn't look like they could guide a high school team to a win Saturday against South Carolina.

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia (4-0, 3-0 SEC): OK, so maybe the Dogs are pretty good after all. Saturday made December's SEC title game seem like a distant memory.

2. South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 SEC): There's nothing pretty about what the Gamecocks do on the field. They just win. Saturday saw them clear an early-season hurdle at Alabama which got them into the Associated Press Top 25 poll.

3. Georgia Tech (2-2, 1-2 ACC): The Jackets kept it respectable against Miami on Saturday. That's really about all you can ask against a top-five opponent like the Hurricanes.

4. Clemson (1-3, 1-2 ACC): Tommy Bowden had a week to ponder how to keep his team from dropping to 1-4.

THE ACC'S FIRST AND WORST

1. Virginia. Quarterback Marques Hagans has been better than expected and the Cavs' defense might be the best in the league.

11. Duke. Clemson's not far ahead of the Blue Devils right now.

THE SEC'S FIRST AND WORST

1(t). Auburn/Georgia. How can you pick one after how dominant both teams were Saturday? Makes you wish Nov. 13 would come just a little bit faster.

12. Mississippi State. Salt in the wound of a loss to Maine earlier this year? Getting blown out by Vanderbilt. Ouch.

WHAT'S NEXT

On Thursday, Clemson at Virginia, 8 p.m. On Saturday, Ole Miss at South Carolina, TBA; Georgia Tech at Maryland, 3:30 p.m., Tennessee at Georgia, 3:30 p.m.

THIS WEEK'S STORY LINES

Clemson: Charlie Whitehurst and the Tigers need vast improvement.

Georgia: With Tennessee coming to Athens on Saturday, the Bulldogs better not let the Louisiana State blowout go to their heads.

Georgia Tech: Things aren't getting any easier for the Jackets, who follow Miami with a trip to Maryland this week.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks' secondary made Alabama look silly Saturday. It could do the same thing against Ole Miss this week.

Reach Travis Haney at (706) 823-3304 or travis.haney@augustachronicle.com