Mercer played the Furman Paladins last Saturday and ended up on the losing end 23-13 as the Bears offense could not generate much. The Furman defense held Mercer to just 53 yards rushing, and the offense hit on some quick scoring drives.
This week Mercer goes on the road to finish out the regular season at the division-leading Samford Bulldogs. A win would mean an eight-win season, but a loss ends any chance to get in the playoffs.
Kennesaw State hosted the Austin Peay Governors this past weekend and the guests left with a 31-14 victory knocking the Owls to a 5-5 record. The Governors held State to just 266 yards of offense and forced five turnovers. Two turnovers a game makes winning hard but five makes it all but impossible.
This week Kennesaw State finishes the season with a road game at Eastern Kentucky. If the Owls fail to win then they will have their first losing season under coach Bohannon.
Last Saturday Georgia State played UL Monroe in what figured to be a tough game and the result was a loss for the Panthers 31-28. In the game Georgia State had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown as well as an interception returned for a score. Those 14 points sealed a loss for the Panthers.
This week Georgia State plays James Madison and a loss to the 6-3 Dukes means that the Panthers will not be bowling this year.
Georgia Southern played the UL Monroe Ragin Cajuns and got beat 36-17 in a game that was 27-7 at the half. The Eagles rolled up some passing yards in the second half but for the game only rushed for 72 yards while the Cajuns ran for 242.
This weekend the Eagles play the Marshall Thundering Herd in Statesboro, and a loss means they have to win their last game to be bowl eligible. Marshal brings in a 6-3 record so this game will require a full effort from Southern.
Georgia Tech played their final home game last Saturday against what looked to be a struggling Miami team. When the game ended the Miami struggles seemed to have ended as they crushed Tech 35-14. Tech scored a last-minute touchdown to make the score seem more respectable. Miami utilized short field position and ran the ball right at Tech in order to win the game. Tech quarterback Zach Pyron left the game with a broken collar bone and season starter Jeff Sims could not play.
This week Tech plays UNC on the road and the 9-1 Tarheels are licking their chops as they enter the game a 21-point favorite. The Jackets will start the third string quarterback and try to shorten the game running the ball.
After the huge win against Tennessee, most teams might let down the following week and not play to the level they are used to. To say the least, Kirby’s boys in Athens did not let down as they demolished Mississippi State 45-19. Stetson Bennett threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns while the Georgia defense stopped the air raid of the other Bulldogs and held them to just 47 yards rushing.
This weekend the Dogs are on the road to play Kentucky in what used to be a trap game back in the day. Don’t look for any traps as Georgia will handle the Wildcats and mark an undefeated regular season in the SEC.
In the second CFP ranking Georgia continues to hold the number one spot and probably will until they meet LSU in the SEC championship game.
Richard Proctor, born in Newnan, recently moved back from Denver, Colorado, and is an avid college football fan as well as a published author. He is the son of Dr. Ernest Proctor PAPP Clinic.