Bulldog Nation Address (What We Learned From Week Three)

The third Saturday in September began with a wild upset, and it was capped off by a stunner as well. Throughout the day, the Gators served the Volunteers a harsh dose of reality, Kentucky staked their claim to the bottom of the barrel in the SEC in a loss to Western Kentucky, and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had a hoot of a night against the Florida Atlantic Owls. Here are my favorite story lines from the third week of college football.

Dawg Night in Athens-Aaron Murray got the Georgia Bulldogs off to a fast start against FAU. With two touchdown passes, The current Georgia QB tied Eric Zeier for second all-time in passing touchdowns at the University of Georgia. Despite throwing an interception near the end of the third quarter, if Murray can complete passes early and often on a consistent basis, the best offense in the Southeastern Conference may reside in Athens.

Unlucky Number 13-Virginia Tech got walloped on the road at Pittsburgh. The Panthers were 0-2 coming into the noon contest, and they looked terrible in their first two outings this year. That is why games are not played on paper. It will be interesting to see how high the former #13 Hokies can get after the Panthers ate their undefeated season balloon.

Revenge of the Huskies-In 2010, Randy Edsall entered the history books as a result of winning more  games at Connecticut than any previous Huskie coach. Edsall  led UConn to a BCS bowl appearance at the end of that year. Connecticut is known as a basketball school so Huskie fans were understandably excited about the future for the upstart football program.

Unfortunately for Connecticut, the clock struck midnight on their Cinderella BCS season before it was over, courtesy of the Oklahoma Sooners at the Fiesta Bowl as Oklahoma dominated the Huskies by a final score of 48-20. Coach Edsall did not even fly back with his team, and he took the head coaching job at Maryland a few days later. This past weekend, Connecticut visited Maryland looking for vindication. The Huskies came out a winner, outlasting Maryland 24-21. Continue reading

Maddawg’s Sports Weekend Itinerary- December 3rd 2011 conference championship edition


BCS Championship implications surround Saturday.

Saturday’s college football conference championship games begin with a BCS bid on the line for the Houston Cougars as they face Southern Miss. A loss by the Golden Eagles would be for the greater good of Conference USA, as Houston needs a win to crash the BCS party.

Houston quarterback Case Keenum has put up fantastic numbers against lackluster competition, but If the Cougars are able to win a BCS bowl game it would go along way in raising the sixth year senior’s draft stock. Houston may be exposed as a sheep in Cougar clothing under the bright lights of the Bowl Championship Series, but they will finish the regular season unbeaten. Houston 48, Southern Miss 34

The Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and Virginia Tech Hokies is the first of two rematches for conference supremacy.  Virginia Tech has not lost since they got bushwhacked by the Tigers in Blacksburg on the first day of October. Clemson won their first eight games in 2011 but they have been on the losing end in three out of their last four contests.

Virginia Tech has one more chance to improve their resume as they audition for the part of the best one loss team in college football. While a lot would need to happen for the Hokies to find themselves in the national championship game, Frank Beamer and company have been hoping for a chance at redemption for their lone loss this season. Hokies win, and add an interesting variable to the BCS Championship debate. Virginia Tech 27, Clemson 20

The inaugural Big 10 Title Game features the other rematch of the day. Wisconsin battles Michigan State in a game that has a lot to live up to. Even though the Big 10 chose hideous names for their respective divisions (Leaders and Legends) the first meeting between the two teams was one of the best games of the year. The Badgers are eager to get revenge against Michigan State after the Spartans were victorious on a walk-off 44 yard  touchdown on the final play of regulation in the first contest. (After a controversial official review)

Wisconsin gets pay back on Sparty and the Badgers find themselves in a second straight BCS bowl game. Wisconsin 31 Michigan State 21

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State meet in the Bedlam game Saturday night. A win for the Cowboys may result a birth in the national championship for Mike Gundy and the Pokes. It is unclear whether or not Oklahoma State has recovered from their road debacle at Iowa State. As for Oklahoma, the two loss Sooners need a win to salvage a trip to the BCS after they began the year as the #1 team in the country.

Oklahoma wins on the road. I can’t bring myself to pick the Pokes after they lost to a 26 point underdog. Oklahoma 41, Oklahoma State 24

For the Georgia Bulldogs, Dome day has finally arrived. Not many outside of Athens believe the Dawgs have a chance to catch the LSU Tigers by the tail.  LSU is loaded on both sides of the ball, as the Tigers are the latest team in a line of Southeastern Conference juggernauts. Isaiah Crowell is a game time decision which will likely leave the Bulldogs with limited options at running back once again. Richard Samuel is not expected to be available for the game either.

If Isaiah Crowell does not play then it will be a huge blow to the Dawgs’ chances to pull off the upset. Georgia must play mistake free football against the best team in the country to stay in the game for four quarters. Since I am a homer, I will pick Georgia to pull off the biggest upset in college football this year. Georgia 20, LSU 17.

Enjoy the games. GO DAWGS!