Quite a weekend for college football, no? It was one of those Saturdays when the only possible option (aside from being at the game) is to figure out the most comfortable position on the couch, eat artery-clogging foodstuffs and bring your bedroom TV out to the living room so you don't miss anything. Five of the top 15 teams in the nation fell on Saturday, leading to a major reshuffle at the top of the polls.
The SEC was the setting for two of the biggest matchups of the day. We'll start off with Andy Hutchins' take on LSU-Florida over at Alligator Army, where he believes that Will Muschamp's latest hires may have something to do with their fourth quarter dominance:
That team is strong, and determined, and practically indefatigable: These Gators have a 78-13 scoring edge in the second half, and a spectacular 41-0 edge in the fourth quarter. Will Muschamp's newest hires, strength coach Jeff Dillman and offensive coordinator Brent Pease, are the architects of the foundation that allows Florida to be that: Dillman's made Florida's stamina its greatest asset, and Pease has made every series of downs a skirmish that will leave the other team wounded at least.
Florida's 14-6 win led to Gators sweeping SEC Player Uh Da Week honors as well.
In Columbia, South Carolina, Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks squad put the beatdown on Georgia, 35-7. Mark Richt lost control of Jadaveon Clowney among others, in what could be a major turning point for this Gamecocks program, and, as Dan Wetzel writes over at Yahoo!, a potential trip to New York City for Clowney:
He's the likely No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He might've gone No. 1 this year if he wasn't a sophomore. His physical abilities are often hailed as "freakish", an incredible blend of speed, strength and smarts. He's a force of nature for what is now the unbeaten third-ranked team from the nation's toughest conference.
Why wouldn't someone like that get consideration as the "outstanding college football player in the United States"?
Over in the Big 12, Geno and the Mountaineers (which would be a kickass name for a jazz act) continued their offensive juggernautery against a game Texas squad, beating the Longhorns in a thrilling 48-45 college turfbasketball affair.
While Smith was average by his standards (25-35, 268 yards and four passing TDs), it was West Virginia running back Andrew Buie (heh, that last name) who was the star of the night. Buie ran for 207 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winning score on a drive where he recorded seven carries for 63 yards in an apparent Dana Holgorsen bathroom break.
ESPN's Big 12 blogger David Ubben has more on the weekend that was in the conference, as well as this gem of a quote from Geno Smith:
Best quote: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia, on Texas fans' chants of "Geno sucks!" "Where does that come from? Obviously, I don't suck."