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September 14, 2008

Tough weekend for most local Teams

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 3:47 pm

Here’s a quick recap of how are local teams fared this weekend in College Football………

The Memphis Tigers are 0-3 for the first time in a decade after losing at Marshall 17-16. The Tigers are finding all type of ways to lose games. As Coach Tommy West said, the Tigers should be 2-1, but their not. This weekend they face 1-AA Nicholls State and I would be absolutely stunned if there was 20,000 in the building. (And you can’t count the Cows and Pigs at the fair).

For the first time in 11 years I didn’t attend a Tigers Road game, instead my Television work took me to Jonesboro to cover Arkansas State and Southern Miss. Let me first say this…The Red Wolves have figured out how to do things at a small 1-A institution, now it’s up to them to continue to make things grow. Southern Miss’ hurry up offense really hurt the Red Wolves, but twice they battled back from double digit defecits to get back in the game. In fact, they had the ball in the end with a chance to win but came up short 27-24. It was a good effort, but A-State blew an opportunity to make a real statement after their opening weekend shocker against Texas A&M.

Tennessee used a big second half to rout overmatched UAB. Despite the easy win, I think the Vols have no chance this Saturday against Florida. I don’t see the leadership at Quarterback with Jonathan Crompton. I don’t see the offensive line being effective against the Gators defensive front. And I don’t see the UT defense containing Tim Tebow. Yes, the win over the Blazers was dominnant, but it wasn’t enough in my opinion. Let’s remember the Vols lost at UCLA, and this past weekend the Bruins were beaten 59-0 by BYU. (I’m just saying).

Arkansas gets credited for a moral victory beacuse ttheir game at Texas was postponed until September 27th. The fighting Petrino’s are getting set to face in succession….Bama, Texas, Florida, and Auburn. Lights out Hogs Fans!

Mississippi State had a chance to pull off a major upset against Auburn for the second straight year, but their offense looks like it can’t score on anyone (Except Southeast Louisiana). Sure the Dogs “D” was incredibly stingy, but they need their offense to make plays. Quarterback Wesley Carroll is just not that good.

Ole Miss gets a pass because they played Samford. Jeven Snead was not as sharp as he was at Wake Forest, but that was to be expected. The Rebels Running Game did look good, but against it was against Samford. Now maybe if Samford had Son Lamont, Grady, Aunt Esther and Elizabeth they would have held their own….oh wait, that’s Sanford. (Never mind)

Well at least there was the Southern Heritage Classic. 50,000 plus at Liberty Bowl Stadium, great food, great bands and tradition. Tennessee State routed Jackson State, but the result of the game is secondary to every thing else.

Here’s to a much time for the locals this weekend.


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