Monday, October 7, 2013

Football 2013 - Week 6

by Bill Holmes

My recap of the only football games that matter.

The high school schedule started out well with an LD Bell 37-0 win over Irving. The Blue Raiders improve to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in district. Next up at the winless Carrollton Turner Lions.

Friday night lights ended well too for Bishop Kenny. The Crusaders beat Ribault 42-29 after trailing in the first quarter. BK is undefeated for the season. They host the 1-5 Forrest Rebels next week.

Saturday brought a big surprise. The USF Bulls beat the Cincinnati Bearcats 26-20. Of course they didn't make it easy. After leading 26-6 after three quarters they held on. Don't get your hopes up about the Bulls. Cincy had four turnovers and the defense scored both USF TDs. The Bulls are now 1-4 for the season but undefeated in conference play at 1-0. Next up They travel to Connecticut Huskies.

TCU made a game of it at #11 Oklahoma. After falling behind 13-0 at the half they scored 10 in the third period before trading TD's in the fourth for a final 20-17 lose to the Sooners. The Frogs fall to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the Big 12 (with 10 teams). Next game is at home against Kansas.

In the Swamp, the #18 Gators beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 30-10. Although Arkansas scored first, the game was never in doubt. The Gators defense was once again outstanding. Gators are now 4-1 total and 3-0 in the SEC. It gets much tougher next week when Florida travels to #10 LSU.  It will take a great effort to beat the Tigers in Death Valley. The Gators moved up one spot to #17 in the AP rankings.

In the SEC it took #6 Georgia some luck and overtime to beat Tennessee 34-31. Was it a letdown after their big win last week over LSU or are the Dawgs injuries catching up with the? In a mild upset, Auburn beat #24 Ole Miss 30-22. Overall the SEC was 7-6 and 1-0 in non-conference games. Alabama remains ranked #1 in the country with four SEC teams in the top 10 and seven in the top 25.

Sunday was a good day with only one lose. Of course only the Jaguars played. The Falcons play the Jets on Monday night and Tampa Bay had a bye week. The Jags held up their end of the bargain and lost to the Rams 34-20. Jacksonville actually showed a little life on offense but had three turnovers. They also lost starting QB Gabbert to a hamstring injury. It's unknown if he'll be ready for next week's game against Denver. Does it really matter? That should be a blowout for Payton Manning and company. Jags are now 0-5 with no wins anywhere in sight.

Not a bad weekend thanks to byes and Monday night game. My teams were 4-2 which may turn out to be a highwater mark this season. 


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