TSC Week 6 Recap

The hits just keep on coming.

Stanford 24 – USC 23

US-C-ya later Trojans. It’s beginning to be more apparent that Coach Carroll’s bunch are lacking mental toughness in the post-Leinart era. This time it was a home loss to the hapless Stanford Cardinal. The same Stanford that went just 1-11 last season and fired their coach. Like it or not Trojan fans, this loss is just as horrible as the Michigan loss to Appalachian State.

With the talent they’ve accumulated at USC there’s no reason for this loss especially after last week when so many top teams went down. After JD Booty threw 4 int’s you’d think he might be looking over his shoulder at former prep superstar Mark Sanchez. This loss may fuel a quarterback controversy.

Wave buh-bye to being ranked in the top two. Don’t dare say you were looking ahead to next week at Arizona. I could possibly understand looking ahead to next month, after all, this is USC. The seniors on this team need to take control if they’re going to win the Pac-10.

LSU 28 – Florida 24

Give LSU credit for stomping adversity and thriving on crucial plays. They lived up to their top ranking have laid the groundwork for a national title run.

Florida played like champions and were it not for a fair bit of inexperience on the defensive side of the ball they would have come away with this game. Despite that inexperience, players like freshman cornerback Joe Haden came up with countless big plays to keep the pressure on LSU. Haden and freshman safety Major Wright particularly made a name for themselves and should be the leaders on this defence for the next few years.

LSU won this game because they were able to run the football consistently no matter who was in the game as a runner. Whether it was the tailbacks, Williams, Scott or Hester, the quarterbacks, Flynn or Perrilloux, LSU pounded the ball against a surprisingly tough Florida front seven.

Brandon LaFell may have helped put this game away for LSU on several occasions but he was plagued with a case of the drops. He did pick up significant yardage on a few slip screens however. LSU ran a certain option play with back-up quarterback Ryan Perrilloux running an option off of it. The play managed two first downs in three attempts.

LSU head coach Les Miles made a few gutsy fourth down calls that many will doubt even now after they’ve won the game. Another fake field goal was decisive in the game’s final outcome.

The player of the game was easily Jacob Hester who was the workhorse running for 106 yards on 23 carries and pushing his way into the end-zone for the game winning touchdown.

Oklahoma 28 – Texas 21

The tight ends dominated this ball game while Malcolm Kelly and Limas Sweed were mainly invisible. College football is strange these days. That said it was a coming out party for tight ends Jermaine Gresham (OU) and Jeremichael Finley (UT) for fans who maybe hadn’t heard of the dynamic sophomores.

Gresham only caught two balls but both were touchdowns whereas Finley caught four balls for a game-high 149 yards and managed a touchdown as well.

Texas’ secondary worries me. Not in the worrisome way that it used to with Michael Huff, Aaron Ross and co. It worries me in coverage breakdowns, one that resulted in a TD for a wide-open Malcolm Kelly. A team like Texas Tech could have a really nice day against this group. The front seven, on the other hand, is dominant. UT has a deep rotation up front and is able bring in fresh players without any drop off.

OU can also boast a talented front seven. In fact, they may have the best defense in the country. The front seven can freelance a little bit because of lockdown cornerback Reggie Smith, who made WR Limas Sweed’s life miserable. If there is a hole, Jeremichael Finley exploited it. The OU linebackers couldn’t cover Finley at all and it showed.

Offensively both teams moved the ball when they needed to. OU running back DeMarco Murray showed the country what all the hype was about while Sam Bradford placed himself back in the Heisman conversation. The better team won this game and unless it falls to another upset, OU will be in the Big 12 title game against …

Missouri 41 – Nebraska 6

Missouri sent a message to the rest of the country today. It’s for real. Holding Nebraska to two field goals is 25 points better than USC could muster. Chase Daniel threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns, oh yeah, and he ran for 70 yards and another two scores. Who’s to say he isn’t the best quarterback in the country right now?

Tennessee 35 – Georgia 14

I couldn’t believe how easily Tennessee was able to control the line of scrimmage in this game… on both sides of the ball.

In what was just Georgia’s fourth road loss since 2001 (tied with Texas for least in the country during that span) they were pounded by three different running backs. Junior Arian Foster, Sophomores Lamarcus Coker and Montario Hardesty couldn’t be stopped.

Georgia was forced to load up the box with defenders and then came the reverse-pass from Lucas Taylor to Coker for a touchdown that blew the game open.

UGs quarterback Matt Stafford was erratic but he rarely had time to throw as his offensive line continues to mature along with him. Running back Thomas Brown was lost with an injury early in the game and Knowshon Moreno couldn’t break off enough big plays to keep his team in it.

Tennessee’s defense is the story but who does this help more than anyone?

California vs. Bye – week

I thought this would be a key match-up and I was right. With USC’s loss, Cal will move up to number two and a few voters may even be tempted to hand the Golden Bears a number one vote. Tennessee’s blowout win makes Cal’s win over the Volunteers all the more impressive.

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