Furman 31, Coastal Carolina 37
What the WHAT?! Furman took it to third-ranked (in the FCS) Coastal Carolina in a double-overtime thriller. Who was the hero for Furman in this valiant effort? Why it was none other than the man I wrote about last week, PJ Blazejowski!
Player to Watch: PJ Blazejowski, Quarterback
That's right, big time Blaze-J stepped up like I knew he would, delivering a touchdown through the air and on the ground, without a single turnover. No Chanticleer could extinguish the fire within the heart of Blazejowski! FEAR THE BLAZE!
Next Game: @ South Carolina, Next Saturday, time TBD
#2 Auburn 41, LSU 7
Oh no. Oh no oh no oh no. This isn't good. I... I don't like how good Auburn is. This is making me nervous. Nick Marshall may have just figured out how to maximize his talents. Over the past two weeks, he's gone 24-of-39 for 373 yards and five touchdowns, as well as rushing for 224 yards and two touchdowns. He's finally learned how to put together complete games, and if South Carolina can't improve on defending against scrambling quarterbacks, USC is in real trouble.
Player to Watch: Nick Marshall, Quarterback
WHAT DID I JUST GET THROUGH TELLING YOU?! LSU and USC are in similar spots, with each team being depleted at positions they could once point at as strengths. If Auburn was able to rip through the Tigers like wet, one-ply, dollar-store toilet paper, then I don't see how the fate for the Gamecocks could be much different if Nick Marshall is on the field.
Next Game: @ #3 Mississippi State, Saturday, 3:30 pm ET
Tennessee 9, Florida 10
Oh god, such an agonizing two-fer. I guess some people will try to pose this as some kind of "defensive showcase", but the reality is that these two teams are not very good. Yes, Tennessee stepped up to the challenge against Georgia, but almost everybody has (except Clemson). As for Florida, they don't have a quarterback. I need to see Treon Harris throw more than four passes in a game. Don't let the winning record of Florida or the good vibes surrounding Tennessee fool you; they are still likely worse than South Carolina.
Player to Watch (Florida): Matt Jones, Running Back
Ah, now here's somebody with stats that actually represent his talent. Jones bounced back from being stifled against Alabama by carrying the ball 23 times for 114 yards and Florida's lone touchdown. Solid if unspectacular, Jones is the most reliable and consistent part of Florida's offense, and if he can be shut down, it stands to reason their entire offense could be shut down as well.
Player to Watch (Tennessee): Cameron Sutton, Defensive Back
Sutton has turned into UT's resident ball hawk, nabbing three interceptions across five games, including one against Florida (not that it's hard to intercept Jeff Driskel). Tennessee's offense looked so bad against the stout defense of Florida, it'll be a wait-and-see to see if they will return to the offense they looked like against Georgia in the weeks leading up to the Carolina game.
Next Game (Florida): vs LSU, Saturday, 7:30 pm ET
Next Game (Tennessee): vs Chattanooga, Saturday, 4 pm ET
South Alabama 47, Appalachian State 21
Wow, now that's how you make your name in the Sun Belt! I think. I don't actually know what it takes to be a big name team in the Sun Belt, but I figure winning can never hurt!
Player to Watch: Brandon Bridge, Quarterback
Woah, look who showed up to play! Bridge threw three touchdowns to go with 339 yards, and not an interception in sight. Bridge has shown flashes in previous games, but this could be the career definer for the senior QB. It was by far his most complete game and his most impressive, statistically-speaking. Good for you, kid.
Next Game: vs Georgia State, Next Saturday, time TBD
Clemson 41, North Carolina State 0
YOU HAD ONE JOB, NC STATE.
Player to Watch: Scruffy, the Janitor
He's on break.
Next Game: vs Louisville, Saturday, 3:30 pm ET