A Week to Forget: Clemson and Louisville are Pretenders
With that in mind, let's sweep the nation to see who felt the most misery in week eight.
Washington Huskies (L 53-24 at Arizona State)
Only a few short weeks ago, we were all talking about the possibility of Washington upsetting Stanford. Fast forward a little bit, and the Huskies have now lost three straight, with the most recent coming in a blowout at Arizona State. Washington actually led 7-3 after the first quarter before the wheels completely fell off in the second quarter. The Sun Devils scored 26 in that quarter in route to a 53-24 annihilation of the Huskies. Fortunately for Washington, they get California next.
Maryland Terrapins (L 34-10 at Wake Forest)
Remember when Maryland was riding high at 4-0? Well, things started going downhill following that 63-0 beatdown in Tallahassee. Yes, they were able to beat a bad Virginia team by a point last week. But they stunk up the joint this week by getting blown out at Wake Forest, who most consider to be a middle of pack ACC team. It looks like the Terrapins have officially joined them in there, because they aren't a top ACC team like we once thought they were.
South Carolina Gamecocks (L 23-21 at Tennessee)
The ol' ball coach often gets a ton of praise. But this was not one of his finest weeks. When starting quarterback Connor Shaw left the game with a knee injury, it was almost as if the coach had no idea what to do. And there was even an instance where he called two straight timeouts after lining up to go for it deep in their own territory with the lead late in the fourth quarter. All of this added up to Tennessee finding a way to rally from behind (with the help of a few spectacular Marquez North catches) to upset the Gamecocks.
LSU Tigers (L 27-24 at Ole Miss)
LSU was also a victim of the SEC craziness, as they pulled a South Carolina and allowed Bo Wallace and the Rebel offense to drive down the field on the final drive of the game to get a field goal for the win. Even though the Tigers have been dominant at times this season, this still had potential upset written all over it. Ole Miss has had opportunity after opportunity this season to beat a top SEC team, and you know Hugh Freeze is ecstatic that they were finally able to pull off the feat.
Georgia Bulldogs (L 31-27 at Vanderbilt)
And the streak continues with Georgia losing at Vanderbilt. The Bulldogs were in complete control of this game, having a 27-14 lead in the fourth. But a couple of miscues allowed Vandy to gain some momentum and eventually take the lead for good on a Jerron Seymour touchdown run with three minutes to go. We all expected Georgia to start spiraling down following the injuries this team suffered against Tennessee. However, they had this game won and simply gave it away.
Arkansas Razorbacks (L 52-0 at Alabama)
Hey look, another SEC team! It's really been more like a month to forget for the Razorbacks since they started 3-0 and have now lost five straight. There is no question that this team has the toughest schedule in the league, with the last four losses coming to Texas A&M, Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama. Oh, and don't look now, but three of the last four games are against a ranked Auburn, ranked LSU, and probably eventually ranked Ole Miss team. Circle November 23 on your calendar, Razorback fans. That game against Mississippi State is your only hope at this point.
Louisville Cardinals (L 38-35 vs. Central Florida)
Yet again, Louisville gets to ponder on what might have been. Instead of delivering the knockout punch to UCF after holding a 28-7 lead late in the third quarter, the Cardinals allowed the Knights to tie it up in only a matter of about six minutes. Teddy Bridgewater was fantastic as usual, but unfortunately, this loss will undoubtedly hurt his Heisman chances. And now Louisville gets to slug along and play the rest of its horrible AAC schedule with seemingly little hope at a BCS appearance.
Clemson Tigers (L 51-14 vs. Florida State)
The Tigers had exactly what they wanted. They had the big stage in primetime to prove that they were for real. But instead of doing that, they received one of the most impressive beatings a third-ranked team has probably ever received. Florida State went in and dominated the game from start to finish, proving that they were the superior ACC team.....by far. Sure, Clemson showed signs of vulnerability in its previous game against Boston College, but this? No one expected this disaster.
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