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September 02, 2002

College Game Notes Week of August 31 - Sept. 2
Rick Gagliano
posted by Rick Gagliano

Saturday, 8/31:
Washington at Michigan: Best game of the weekend. Both offenses clicked when needed to, Michigan will need to work on their kicking game, even though the game-winner went through at the final gun. Michigan QB Navarre is only as effective as his offensive line. When he is pressured, he is not the most mobile and quite often errant. The Michigan run defense is incredible. They stuffed Washington all day except for one stretch play that resulted in a huge gain. Washington has a very balanced team. Their offense will be able to score on anybody; the defense is particularly vulnerable to running teams with big lines and backs.

Saturday, 8/31:
Clemson at Georgia: Georgia should have lost this game because of the poor play of QB David Greene, who looked shaky throughout and finished 12 of 21 passing for a measly 67 yards. David Shockley actually looked better. On the three series he played, he threw one TD pass and ran for another. Greene remains the starter, but this team's future is with Shockley. Greene was not even close on any pass over 30 yards and it will hurt the Bulldogs if he remains the starter. Willie Simmons played a solid game at QB for Clemson and the whole team looked motivated in their opener in a tough place to play. Georgia's defense and special teams pretty much saved the day, holding the Tigers late and scoring on a 91-yard kickoff return by Fred Gibson.

Sunday, 9/1:
LSU at Virginia Tech: LSU looked like they hadn't practiced much on offense, though the defense played very well against the grinding rush offense of V-Tech. The Hokies had short fields all day and a huge time of possession advantage. The three touchdowns were all set up by LSU turnovers. Even though the first one didn't result in a score immediately, a short field that resulted from LaBrandon Toefield's fumble was the difference. Bryan Randall replaced starter Grant Noel at QB and Randall played well and offers more mobility than Noel. He should remain the starter for the remainder of the season. The Hokies' running back combination of Suggs and Jones is the best in the country. Either could be in the running for the Heisman, even though they split time. The Hokies' defense was outstanding, shutting down both the LSU run and pass. LSU receivers dropped at least six passes in the game and coach Nick Saban was frustrated at the lack of offense throughout. QB Matt Mauck looked horrible. His delivery was off and his decision making was faulty. One bright spot was LSU RB Joseph Addai, who looked like he was the only guy on offense playing at times.

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