BYU quarterback on fire as Buckeyes fold in showdown

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WHO'S HOT

Max Hall . The Brigham Young quarterback tossed a school-record seven touchdowns in the first three quarters in the Cougars' blowout win over UCLA. Hall has led BYU to a 3-0 start, completing 78 percent of his passes for 1,095 yards and 12 touchdowns.

WHO'S NOT

Ohio State. The Buckeyes folded Saturday night like they were playing a Southeastern Conference team. The good news for college football fans: maybe this loss will keep Ohio State out of the BCS title game.

POLL POSITION

The SEC only has five teams in this week's Associated Press Top 25 poll, but all are ranked in the top 10.

Third-ranked Georgia -- which fell in the poll for the second time after a win -- can't catch a break with the voters, who obviously didn't read what Las Vegas said last week. Maybe the odds-makers, who established the Bulldogs a seven-point favorite over the Gamecocks, should vote in the poll after Georgia's 14-7 victory last Saturday.

BLOG TOPIC

So much for the Fun 'n Gun. Or better yet, the Cock 'n Fire. In his fourth year at South Carolina, head coach Steve Spurrier is no longer the offensive mastermind he was at Duke and Florida. Evil? Genius? Not anymore.

Spurrier, the Head Ball Coach (Ol' Ball Coach is so 1990s -- you know, when he was actually fun to watch), seems to have a lost a step. Got an opinion? Go to: http://blogs.augusta.com/blog/65

RANKING THE BIG FOUR

1. Georgia (3-0, 1-0 SEC). At this rate, the Bulldogs will finish 14-0 and be ranked 14th in the nation.

2. Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Sophomore quarterback Josh Nesbitt leads the team with 177 yards of total offense but has three lost fumbles the past two games.

3. Clemson (2-1, 2-0 ACC). Junior running back C.J. Spiller is averaging 7.9 yards per attempt but has only 18 carries this season.

4. South Carolina (1-2, 0-2 SEC). Quarterback Stephen Garcia should play a bigger role in the offense the next two games. Whether he will or not is another matter.

WHAT'S NEXT

- Mississippi State at Georgia Tech, noon Saturday (CBS-Ch. 12)

- S.C. State at Clemson, 1 p.m. (espn360.com)

- Wofford at South Carolina, 7 p.m. (pay-per-view; check with cable provider)

- Elon at Georgia Southern, 7 p.m. (CSS)

- Georgia at Arizona State, 8 p.m. (ABC-Ch. 6)

THIS WEEK'S STORY LINES

Clemson: Tigers should easily handle Bulldogs in the last of their easy games.

Georgia: For the second week in a row, the Bulldogs will face a team coming off a bitter defeat.

Georgia Tech: Yellow Jackets will try to crack Bulldogs squad that gave up three points -- and still lost -- to Auburn last week.

South Carolina: Gamecocks, be warned. Terriers (2-0) lost by only seven in 2006 game.

-- Chris Gay


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