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BYE WEEK GAMEDAY: Open forum today on Gator Clause; comparing Grothe to Tebow

GAINESVILLE -- Bye weeks are great for college football sports writers. It means we get to sit at home on Saturday, relax and watch football in a calm and stress-free environment all day. No deadlines!

Most Gators beat writers won't be blogging today, but since I'm neurotic about my job I'll be checking the blog throughout the day and leaving random comments and thoughts about the games on television. If you stop by, leave me a comment and let me know what you think about today's college football match-ups.

This a great Saturday for college football but the best game of the weekend might have already happened. No. 19 South Florida 37, No. 13 Kansas 34 on Friday night was a classic game. I drove over to Tampa last night and covered the game. Here's a link to my game story. CLICK ME!

USF quarterback Matt Grothe was brilliant, rushing for a 28-yard touchdown and passing for 338 yards and two touchdowns. Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing was great as well but it was Reesing's late mistake -- an interception by USF safety Nate Allen -- that was the difference in the game. USF converted the interception into a last-second field goal to pull the upset.

Grothe might not be as good a quarterback as Florida's Tim Tebow but the South Florida passer is certainly one of the best players in the Big East. With a pair of dramatic comeback wins in consecutive weeks, Grothe should be on everyone's early season Heisman Trophy list.

HERE'S A LIST OF TODAY'S SEC GAMES
UAB at Tennessee, 12:30 p.m., Raycom
Georgia at South Carolina, 3:30 p.m., CBS
Auburn at Mississippi State, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Middle Tennessee at Kentucky, 7 p.m.
Samford at Ole Miss, 7 p.m.
Rice at Vanderbilt, 7 p.m.
Western Kentucky at Alabama, 7:07 p.m.
North Texas at LSU, 8 p.m.
Arkansas at Texas - Postponed to Sept. 27

Today's upset special: Tulane over East Carolina.

Goody's absolute locks: Florida Atlantic (+18 1/2) vs. Michigan State; Tulane (+12) vs. East Carolina; UCLA (+8) vs. BYU.

-jo-

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Grothe is much better than Tebow!!!!!

As TO says, getch your popcorn ready!

Rocky Top Tennessee!!!!!!!!

Has Florida Atlantic ever played in the rain? Doesn't appear that way in the first quarter against Michigan State. FAU should be up 14-0 but it's still 0-0. Florida Atlantic receiver Cortez Gent has dropped three passes and FAU botches a field goal attempt.

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UAB at Tennessee about to kickoff. Neither team has won a game yet. The Vols are 30-point favorites. UAB (my alma mater) is absolutely terrible. Vols running back Arian Foster is about to have a big day.

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UAB's punter has the best name in college football. Swayze Waters is the guy's name. Seriously, your name is Swayze Waters?

As expected, Arian Foster (another odd name) has more than 30 yards on his first two carries.

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FAU is down 7-0 to MSU in the second quarter. Owls quarterback Rusty Smith is 4-of-13 for 30 yards. His receivers can't catch.

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Vols sophomore receiver Gerald Jones beats his coverage for an easy 20-yard touchdown score. Tennessee 7, UAB 0.

Could Vols receiver Lucas Taylor start for Florida? He's pretty good. Covering Taylor will be a real test for UF sophomore cornerback Joe Haden.

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FAU quarterback Rusty Smith is having the worst game of his life in the first half. The ball just slipped out of his hand for a fumble.

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Big momentum shift for FAU. Owls senior cornerback Corey Small just intercepted a MSU pass and returned it 29 yards. Small is one of our favorite student-athletes in the Sunshine State. He recently graduated with a degree in English.

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Tennessee sophomore receiver Gerald Jones with his second touchdown catch of the first quarter. A 48-yard pass to Vols receiver Lucas Taylor set up Jones' 14-yard touchdown catch.

Looks like a pretty nice receiving tandem for the Vols. Wonder if Wondy Pierre-Louis will start at corner for UF or freshman Janoris Jenkins will get the call?

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MSU muffed a punt near the end of the first half, which gave FAU great field position. Too bad FAU quarterback Rusty Smith and his receivers have suddenly been afflicted by some rare disorder, causing them to vomit all over the field. Rusty Smith completed just one of his last 14 passes of the first half. U-G-L-Y.

MSU 7, FAU 0 at the half.

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Any thoughts on Tennessee junior quarterback Jonathan Crompton? He entered today's game with a passer rating of just 80.19 but he looks pretty good against the Blazers. Crompton has completed 6-of-8 passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the first half.

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Speaking of Tennessee passing attacks, former Vols offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe, now the head coach over at Duke, is known for leading quarterbacks to great things. (He coached Payton and Eli Manning.) Cutcliffe's latest project is Hialeah Lakes-native Thaddeus Lewis, now a junior at Duke. Lewis had a great high school career in Miami-Dade County and he is a three-year starter for the Blue Devils. Duke is trailing Navy 24-20 at halftime but Lewis is having a pretty good game. He has completed 13-of-20 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown.

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Tennessee sophomore safety Eric Berry just recorded his second interception of the season in the second quarter against UAB. The Raycom play-by-play guy just called Berry the best safety in college football. I don't know about that?

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Nine fumbles in that wonderful first half between Michigan State and FAU.

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MSU's top two receivers have left the game with injuries. Not that it matters. MSU quarterback Brian Hoyer and FAU quarterback Rusty Smith have combined to complete just 8-of-35 passes with 11:11 left in the third quarter.

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Berry is pretty sick. Best safety in college might be a stretch, but he's not far off.

Some were calling for an upset between No.6 Missouri and Nevada. So much for that. Missouri leads 31-10 with 3:45 left in the second half.

Heisman Trophy candidate Chase Daniel has completed 11-of-14 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns. He also has one carry for 12 yards. Who's the better Big 12 North quarterback, Mizzou's Daniel or Kansas' Todd Reesing?

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This is totally bizarre to me. Why are Clemson running backs C.J. Spiller and James Davis having such a poor season? I know it's early, but many though Spiller and Davis were going to be the best running back duo in the nation.

Alabama held Clemson to 0 yards rushing to open the season and the Tigers can't seem to establish the run this week. Clemson is beating North Carolina State 17-6 with 9:42 left in the third quarter but Davis has only rushed for 25 yards on eight carries and Spiller only has 11 yards on four carries.

Any thoughts? Maybe Spiller should have transferred to Florida after all.

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"Any thoughts?"

One too many Bowdens involved for them to not suck.

Finally, positive field position for FAU. The Owls complete a flea-flicker from QB Rusty Smith to Jamari Grant for 40 yards. Let's see if FAU can get on the scoreboard. Nope, they punted. At least FAU has MSU at the Spartans' 5. Nice punt, Britton Colquitt.

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"One too many Bowdens..." Good stuff!

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Miami-native and Duke quarterback Thaddeus Lewis completes 4-of-6 passes on a nice drive to give Duke a 27-24 lead over Navy with 6:06 left in the third quarter. Lewis is now 19-of-29 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Way to go, Thaddeus!

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Not exactly a great performance so far for Ron Zook's No.24 Illinois. Illini only leading the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns 17-3 with :20 seconds left in the third quarter. Illini QB Juice Williams completing just 50 percent of his passes and one Illinois touchdown came thanks to a one-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

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UAB's Swayze Waters makes a 42-yard field to cut Tennessee's lead to 14-3 with 9:35 left in the third quarter. The Blazers field goal was set up by an interception by UAB cornerback Kevin Sanders.

Tennessee QB Jonathan Crompton can't see to get a rhythm going. Two picks for Crompton.

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Any thoughts?

They only have 1 returning OL starter.

How about the Maryland Cal game?

Good call, TXCane. The ACC is looking good this week.

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Tenn is aweful. The Gators will probably crush them, even at home

Tennessee putting up big numbers now. RB Arian Foster with 12 carries for 101 yards. WR Lucas Taylor nine catches for 132 yards. And sophomore tailback Lennon Creer is really, really fast. Nice 45-yard touchdown run by Creer to give UT a 28-3 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

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Tenn putting up yards against my sisters soccer team

UAB is gangsta', yo!

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Looks like Duke is going to go to 2-1. Nice game for Duke QB Thaddeus Lewis of Hialeah Miami Lakes. Lewis finished the game with three touchdowns and 317 yards.

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FAU lost 17-0...but at least they covered.

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Clemson over N.C. State 27-9. Clemson RB C.J. Spiller finished with 64 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper was the day's star, completing 20-of-28 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns.

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stick a nail in UAB's coffin. The mighty Blazers are done. What the hell is a blazer anyway Jo?

Basically, a Blazer is a progessive Southern pothead.

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four games on right now. As sweet as my widescreen is, one tv ain't gettin it.
UGA at USC. Go Cocks!
Michigan at ND. Drop a bomb on that junk.
JoPa at The 'Cuse. JoPa must beat Bowden 4 all time wins. GO PSU

Typing on the iPhone six

I'm sticking with SEC action. The refs r really blowin it in the UGA/USC game. BAD!!

BYU rolling over UCLA from the start. QB Max Hall looks great and BYU is up 21-0 early. What was Tennessee doing last week against UCLA?

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Hypothetical: You have to gain 10 yards. Who do you let run the ball, Tebow or UGA running back Knowshon Moreno?

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UGA's receivers look terrible early. Can anyone other than A.J. Green catch on this team? I think Georgia receivers have dropped for passes so far, including a drop in the end zone that should have been a touchdown. UGA settles for a field goal, up 3-0.

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Forgive me Gator Nation but K.M. Is a bad man. I'll take Moreno in that sitch. That said, who do you want under center on 3rd and 16? I'll take Tim all day.

Officials of UGA-South Carolina should all be fired and replaced at halftime.

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Stafford is no Tebow, that's for sure.

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FSU QB Christian Ponder 9-of-12 for 141 yards and two touchdowns. FSU beating Mocs 21-7.

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Michigan's rush defense is so bad. Miami native running back Armando Allen getting playing time for the Irish.

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Nice route by South Carolina receiver Moe Brown to give Gamecocks a 7-3 lead in the second quarter.

--And now USC CB Captain Munnerlyn forces Stafford to fumble. Captain is so fast. Stafford never saw it coming.

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Gator fans should be feeling good(y) about matchup with smelldawgs. UGA ain't lookin like world beaters.

It's the SEC. There are no gimmies.

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Both Georgia and South Carolina are playing great defense. Take away South Carolina's touchdown pass and the Gamecocks only have 61 yards of total offense. USC has held Georgia to a pair of field goals.

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Check out this stat. Georgia is trailing South Carolina 7-6 but Georgia has dominated time of possession. Georgia 24:36 vs. South Carolina 11:30.

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Simply an amazing seven-yard touchdown run for Knowshon to cap UGA's third quarter, 80-yard touchdown drive. UGA 14, USC 7. Knowshon ran through three tackles in what looked like the span of five yards.

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"Hypothetical: You have to gain 10 yards. Who do you let run the ball, Tebow or UGA running back Knowshon Moreno?"

Good question. If you have to run it, and it's 10 yards, Moreno. Definitely. But if you just need 10 yards, Tebow. He can run or pass. If the number were smaller -- ie: if you need to rush for 3 or 4 yards -- then I'll take Tebow. Tebow is more of a short yardage machine.

South Carolina had its chance, but the Ole Ball Coach loses to Georgia yet again. My how times have changed. Georgia 14, South Carolina 7. Georgia held South Carolina to 18 yards rushing.

Plenty to improve on for Georgia. The Bulldogs were flagged nine times for 93 yards.

Knowshon finished with with 71 yards on 17 carries and the winning touchdown.

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Just switched over to ESPN2 and watched Auburn defensive lineman Mike Blanc (Deerfield Beach) push Miss. State QB Wes Carroll (Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas) out of bounds.

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Auburn QB Chris Todd gets the start over Kodi Burns. This game is going to be a defensive slugfest.

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No.1 reason why I love State coach Sly Croom. He says he would retire before running the spread offense.

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is that a backhanded swipe at Meyer?

Carolina was able to hang with UGA till end

Can't wait to see Syracuse HC complaining about PSU running up score. Will cane fan call HIM a whiner?

The SEC has the best conference but USC has the best team, by far.

Ohio ST suxs!

No, I just like Sly Croom because he's old-school SEC. What a freaking joke Auburn's offense was on Saturday night. I can't believe Kodi Burns didn't even get a chance to play quarterback.

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