“The shortest point between two distances is Clemson’s defensive line.”

I awoke this morning and grabbed for my phone to check last night’s Orange Bowl score.  What did I find?  West Virginia 70, Clemson 33.  Yes, Clemson gave up 70 points.

All I could say was, “Wow.”  Later, a friend’s Facebook status gave me the title for this post.

I realize the the Orange Bowl is just a fancy setting for basically an exhibition game, but I have a hard time seeing how Dabo Sweeney lasts for more than a couple of more seasons at CU.  I love ole Dabo, but 70 points?  Dang.  That does some serious damage to the goodwill pool.

The best part of this game?  The quotes.  They are golden.  Check them out:

“I always envisioned making great plays,” Cook said. “If you think it will happen, it will happen.”

Yeah, well, I’m envisioning myself being seven feet tall, but nothing’s happening.

“The guys wanted to come in and make a statement, and the only way you can do that is if you play well on all three sides of the ball,” coach Dana Holgorsen said.

“All three sides of the ball?”  Did they kick off from the sideline or something?

“You don’t score 70 points by being good on offense,” Holgorsen said. “You score 70 points by being good on all three sides of the ball.”

Just to make sure we get the picture, he says it again.  Are we gonna need some of those funny glasses to watch WV games in the future?

“We’re a better team than we played tonight,” coach Dabo Swinney said. “Just too many mistakes. But we’ll be back.”

Riiiight.  First major bowl in 30 years and your opponent hangs 70 on you.  CU may be back, but we’ll have to wait and see who makes the trip with them.

“I didn’t know you were a girl,” he told the mascot. “I apologize.”

No, they weren’t playing the Orange Bowl in New Orleans.

“Momentum swung not in our favor, and it was hard to recapture,” Boyd said

This may be the best one of all.  I can tell Tajh has a future in coaching.

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Week 4 Review

A 7-0 week and a total record of 32-6.

Alabama 38, Arkansas 14 [Prediction: Alabama 27, Arkansas 17]

  • Pre-game: – Alabama’s offense will be a little better against Arkansas’ defense than Arkansas’ offense is against Alabama’s defense.  Get that?
  • Post-game: The Razorbacks come back to earth after being dominated in all parts of the game.

Auburn 30, Florida Atlantic 14 [Prediction: Auburn 52, Florida Atlantic 31] –

  • Pre-game: The Owls make Gene Chizik’s Tigers feel a little better before a rough October begins.
  • Post-game: The Tigers struggled more than expected and now comes the long October.

LSU 47, West Virginia 21 [Prediction: LSU 31, West Virginia 14]

  • Pre-game: LSU finishes a tough September by using a familiar formula to beat the Mountaineers: pound the rock and play defense.
  • Post-game: Though the Mountaineers shredded the LSU defense statistically, this game was never in doubt.

Georgia 27, Ole Miss 13 [Prediction: Georgia 38, Ole Miss 21]

  • Pre-game: If Vandy can whip the Black Bears, so can Georgia.
  • Post-game:  This game wasn’t in doubt either.  Three missed field goals for the Bulldogs make this game seem closer than it really was.

Mississippi State 26, Louisiana Tech 20 [Prediction: Mississippi State 42, Louisiana Tech 17]

  • Pre-game: Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs move back down in class and whip La Tech.
  • Post-game: Perhaps State was over hyped a bit to start the season?

Florida 48, Kentucky 10 [Prediction: Florida 49, Kentucky 6]

  • Pre-game: Florida builds momentum heading into Bama week.
  • Post-game: I nearly pegged this one.  Kentucky stinks.

South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3 [Prediction: South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 10]

  • Pre-game: Vandy returns to Earth and the Gamecocks get back on track.
  • Post-game: The Gamecocks stunk up the joint on offense, but held the Commodores to 77 total yards of offense.

Tennessee

  • Pre-game: UT uses their off week to prepare for Buffalo.
  • Post-game: Head coach Derek Dooley used his Satuday off to hang out with Tim Brando and did a nice job.

Week 4 Picks

Alabama 27, Arkansas 17 – Alabama’s offense will be a little better against Arkansas’ defense than Arkansas’ offense is against Alabama’s defense.  Get that?

Auburn 52, Florida Atlantic 31 – The Owls make Gene Chizik’s Tigers feel a little better before a rough October begins.

LSU 31, West Virginia 14 – LSU finishes a tough September by using a familiar formula to beat the Mountaineers: pound the rock and play defense.

Georgia 38, Ole Miss 21 – If Vandy can whip the Black Bears, so can Georgia.

Mississippi State 42, Louisiana Tech 17 – Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs move back down in class and whip La Tech.

Florida 49, Kentucky 6 – Florida builds momentum heading into Bama week.

South Carolina 35, Vanderbilt 10 – Vandy returns to Earth and the Gamecocks get back on track.

Tennessee – UT uses their off week to prepare for Buffalo.