Mercer played the Furman Paladins last Saturday and ended up on the losing side 23-13 as the Bears’ offense didn’t generate much. The Furman defense held Mercer down to just 53 yards rushing, and the offense caught on a few quick hits.
This week, Mercer takes to the streets to wrap up the regular season with the division-leading Samford Bulldogs. A win would mean an eight-win season, but a loss ends any chance of making the playoffs.
Kennesaw State hosted the Austin Peay Governors last weekend and the visitors went with a 31-14 win, taking the Owls to a 5-5 record. The Governors held State on just 266 yards of offense and forced five turnovers. Two turnovers per game makes winning difficult, but five makes it next to impossible.
Kennesaw State ends the season this week with an away game in Eastern Kentucky. If the Owls don’t win, they will have their first losing season under coach Bohannon.
Last Saturday, Georgia State played UL Monroe in what appeared to be a tough game, and the result was a 31-28 loss for the Panthers. In the game, Georgia State had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown, as well as an interception that was returned for a score. Those 14 points sealed a defeat for the Panthers.
Georgia State plays James Madison this week and a 6-3 loss to the Dukes means the Panthers won’t be bowling this year.
Georgia Southern played the UL Monroe Ragin Cajuns and was beaten 36-17 in a game that was 27-7 at halftime. The Eagles rolled up some passing yards in the second half, but for the game they only rushed 72 yards while the Cajuns rushed 242 yards.
This weekend, the Eagles play Marshall Thundering Herd in Statesboro, and a loss means they must win their last game to qualify for the Bowl. Marshal has a 6-3 record so this game will require a full effort from Southern.
Georgia Tech played their last home game last Saturday against a Miami team that appeared to be struggling. When the game was over, Miami’s fighting appeared to be over as they defeated Tech 35-14. Tech scored a touchdown at the last minute to make the result seem more respectable. Miami took advantage of short field position and ran the ball straight to Tech to win the game. Tech quarterback Zach Pyron left the game with a broken collarbone and season starter Jeff Sims was unable to play.
This week Tech plays UNC on the road and the 9-1 Tarheels are licking their chops as they enter the game as a 21-point favorite. The Jackets start with the third string quarterback and try to shorten the play with the ball.
After the big win against Tennessee, most teams could let down and not play at the usual level in the following week. To say the least, Kirby’s boys in Athens didn’t let down as they destroyed the state of Mississippi 45-19. Stetson Bennett threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns while the Georgia defense stopped the other Bulldogs’ aerial attack and held them to just 47 yards.
This weekend, the Dogs are headed to take on Kentucky in what used to be a trap game. Don’t look for traps, as Georgia will deal with the Wildcats and mark an undefeated regular season in the SEC.
In the second CFP ranking, Georgia still holds the top spot and will likely do so until they face LSU in the SEC championship game.
Richard Proctor, a native of Newnan, recently returned from Denver, Colorado and is an avid college football fan and published author. He is the son of Dr. Ernest Proctor PAPP Clinic.