Mr. Williams Has Landed (In The Competitive Western State Conference)

By Adam Caparell - October 27, 2006


Willie Williams has apparently surfaced in California, playing for West Los Angeles Community College. In the enigmatic linebackers first game of the season (he sat out the team’s first five games of the year because he wasn’t eligible academically) he had a blocked punt,13 tackles and two sacks as his team lost 28-0.

The depths Williams has fallen has been nothing short of incredible. Once considered one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation – the kid who had nearly his entire recruiting process chronicled for all of Miami and the world to read – Williams has been reduced to playing in the Competitive Western State Conference. It’s an amazing fall for a kid who so much was expected from, yet has been such a huge disappointment.

Williams ultimate goal is to play for UCLA or USC. But if Williams can’t make it on the Hurricanes how is he going to make it with the Trojans who Pete Carroll has literally stockpiled with the best talent in the country? Williams is a long way from Division I-A right now. He tried to land at a number of different schools when he announced he wanted to transfer from Miami, but nearly all of them said no thanks.

I definitely don’t think we’ve heard the last of him, but he’s never going to be the Butkus Award winner that many – including Williams himself – dreamed of only a few short years ago.

- And as just about everyone knows by now, Florida, Georgia and SEC officials are going to do their best to make sure “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” doesn’t get mentioned on air this weekend. Good luck. It’s already a running joke that the name is trying to be downplayed.

Don’t these officials have better things to do than waste their time lobbying and pleading with the media to drop some moniker. No matter what you call it, no matter where it’s played, the game between Florida and Georgia is going to feature some serious tailgating and its fair share of drinking. The officials want to distance themselves from the whole notion of binge drinking. You can applaud their principles, but not their logic. Changing or altering the name just brings more attention to what you want to distance yourself from. It only serves to make people mock the move and perpetuate the name with even more verve.

Predictions

Florida (-13.5) over Georgia
The Bulldogs have too many offensive questions and the Chris Leak/Tim Tebow combination will put up some points against the exposed Georgia D. Georgia doesn’t beat Florida – they’ve only done it once since 1998 – and that’s not going to change this year. Florida wins by three scores.

Texas (-10.5) over Texas Tech
Texas Tech has been one of the most inconsistent an erratic teams this season. You never know what you’re going to get with the Red Raiders. They’re still a potent offensive team, but Graham Harrell hasn’t exactly sailed smoothly in his first season. Keeping that in mind, facing the Longhorns defense is not going to be fun. Against TCU and Colorado, they managed just 9 points. It won’t be easy for Texas, but Colt McCoy has shown some uncanny poise and composure and they’ve only been held 22 points once this season. The Tech defense isn’t holding Texas under 22. Longhorns by two touchdowns.

Georgia Tech (-5) over Miami
I guess we’ll find out who the real Tech team is. Is it the one that showed up against Virginia Tech or the one who got blasted against Clemson? Georgia Tech has shown the ability to beat Miami and the Hurricanes barely got past Duke last week. Calvin Johnson was held catchless for the first time in his career last week. That won’t happen tomorrow. Tech by two scores.

Army (+5) over Tulane
The Black Knights played Texas A&M to the bitter end away from home earlier this season. Why can’t they do it in the Superdome? Army is more than capable of pulling this one off. Army by a field goal.

Tennessee (-3) over South Carolina
I know that Steve Spurrier has owned Phil Fulmer and the Vols in the past and he’s known to spring a big upset every season, but can the Gamecocks really play with Tennessee? I think not. The Vols offense is just too potent for South Carolina. Tennessee has played well on the road (remember Georgia?) and Spurrier can’t resist sticking to Fulmer. Well, this time around, I think Fulmer sticks it to Spurrier. Tennessee by a ton.

Last Week: 5-0
Season: 30-11

Posted by Adam Caparell at 05:42 PM on October 27, 2006
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