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My random football thoughts

With one week in the books, there's no way to tell who has the best college football team in the country.

It could be Georgia, or maybe it's Southern Cal.

Maybe, it's somebody else.

There's one thing most college football teams do know after the first weekend of the college football season-the Atlantic Coast Conference is a mess.

Clemson had a chance to make a bold statement Saturday in a game that had been hyped, seemingly for ever, but when all was said and done, the Tigers didn't belong on the same field with Alabama in a battle that was just as much for SEC vs. ACC bragging rights as anything else.

After all, Clemson went into the game ranked No. 9 in the country, and favorite to beat the Crimson Tide Saturday inside a sold out Georgia Dome.

In the end, Alabama owned the night, knocking off Clemson 34-10.

The Tigers got stuck in low gear the entire game and never could get things going.

On paper, Clemson was supposed to have one of the best running games in the country, but James Davis and C.J. Spiller combined for just 20 yards of offense, leaving Tiger fans wondering why head coach Tommy Bowden's team can't win the big game.

Last Thursday, the SEC also beat up on the ACC as South Carolina knocked off North Carolina State.

Even Virginia Tech couldn't get it done against East Carolina, getting beat at its own game- special teams-when the Pirates' T.J. Lee returned a blocked punt for a TD late in the fourth quarter for a stunning victory.

Although nobody expected Virginia to knock off Southern Cal, a team that could challenge Georgia for the championship next January, the contest was just another black eye for the league that wants to compete on a national stage, but could be, at least for now, on the bottom of the BCS rung.

Even in victory, it wasn't pretty as Maryland narrowly beat Delaware, Duke knocked off James Madison and North Carolina barely beat McNeese State in their opener.n

Worse yet for the ACC, Miami has to take on SEC foe Florida Saturday.

The Good and the bad: It wasn't a complete victory for the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday as offensive lineman Jeff Owens was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Ownes is expected to have surgery later this month, and that's a huge blow for the Bulldogs.

There's good news for Bulldog fans and the team's offense line.

Former Riverdale standout Cordy Glen, a 6-6, 315-pound freshman, is already winning high praise from head coach Mark Richt.

Glenn is expected to make an immediate impact for the Bulldogs.

As a high school standout for the Raiders, he pushed opponents all over the football field during his stellar career.

It doesn't look like he is going to miss a beat for Georgia, making the transition from high school to the faster college game with ease.

Just call him Mr. Intensity: It's way too early to tell just how good the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are going to be in head coach Paul Johnson's first year as head coach.

An easy victory over Jacksonville State doesn't mean too much.

One thing is for sure. It won't be dull. Johnson is overflowing with intensity, and brings with him from Navy an in-your-face approach to coaching.

It might just be the kick in the pants the Georgia Tech football team needed.

Falcon feaver: There isn't too much reason to get excited about the Atlanta Falcons this year.

However, with D.J. Shockley and rookie Harry Douglas making the team, there's a Southern Crescent connection that gives those of us from the southside resason to tune in.

Shockley played high school ball for his dad, former North Clayton coach Don Shockley, and Douglas helped Jonesboro to some of its best football success.

(Doug Gorman is sports editor of the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at dgorman@news-daily.com)