Tennessee 20, Alabama 34
The Vols were never really close, but to their credit, they kept fighting after Alabama dominated the first quarter 20-0. I think it's easier to not get demoralized when Justin Worley isn't your quarterback. The future is bright for Tennessee football.
Player to Watch: Joshua Dobbs, Quarterback
The reins of the Tennessee offense have been handed off to the Sophomore from Alpharetta, Georgia, and so far, it looks like a smart decision. Dobbs went 19-of-32 for 192 yards, two touchdowns and a pick. He also ran 19 times for 75 yards, and with the success teams have had with designed quarterback runs against South Carolina's defense this season, don't expect Mr. Dobbs to stick around in the pocket.
Next Game: @ South Carolina, Saturday, 7:30 pm ET
Do you think Will Muschamp is already sending out feelers for other jobs? Is he that resigned to losing the Georgia game? I bet he takes next year off, then returns as the defensive coordinator for, I dunno, Bethune-Cookman or Alabama A&M. Some kind of FCS team in the south, I dunno.
Player to Watch: Biscuitdoughhandsman
He has a head like a big old, round old, red old, nasty old egg, and hands made like biscuit dough. He remains at large.
Next Game: vs. Georgia, 3:30 pm ET
South Alabama 27, Troy 13
This is about as close to a drubbing as South Alabama is probably going to get, at least for the rest of the season. At least there's one team named the Jaguars that can win games.
Player to Watch: Kendall Houston, Running Back
Where's this guy been all season? USA had a huge rushing day as a team, racking up 296 yards, and Kendall Houston was a big part of that. He ran for 178 yards and a touchdown on just 18 carries. He nearly doubled his season output with this one game. I'm happy to see this Senior get a big game in his last season.
Next Game: @ Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, 5 pm ET
Clemson 16, Syracuse 6
Clemson was down 6-3 at the half. That's pretty hilarious on its own.
Player to Watch: Chad Kelly, Quarterback... for East Mississippi Community College
I actually have to give a touch of dap to young master Chad, who had a JUCO season to end all JUCO seasons. He threw for 2874 yards and 35 touchdowns to six interceptions, while completing 66% of his passes, leading EMCC to number one in whatever division or conference they're in and a playoff birth. He's been good enough to get an offer from Virginia Tech, and it's clear he's got no beef with the Gamecocks when he retweeted Mike Davis' words of support for Marcus Lattimore. I'll always be happy to see someone escape Clemson alive.