- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009


Redskins stunned by Lions — Now that the Redskins have lost to the Lions, who had dropped 19 games in a row, are they the laughingstock of the NFL? The Raiders and Browns are probably in the conversation, but neither team was expected to contend in 2009. The Redskins had playoff aspirations, but after a 9-7 win over the hapless Rams and a 19-14 loss in Detroit, no other franchise in the NFL will be the butt of more jokes this week.

ACC embarrassed again — While it’s not as bad as losing to two CAA teams in one day, the ACC had another awful day of nonconference games Saturday. Florida State was dominated at home by South Florida, which may be viewed in later years as the day the Seminoles became Florida’s fourth-best program. Maryland imploded against Rutgers with five turnovers, and Clemson blew a late lead at home against then-No. 15 TCU. But hey, at least Duke beat N.C. Central…


1. Florida vs. Texas — In two weeks, LSU could be the Gators’ last top-10 opponent this season. All bets are off if Tim Tebow is seriously hurt, though.

2. Texas vs. Alabama — The Big 12 is down this year, and Sam Bradford may not be healthy when Oklahoma visits Austin on Oct. 17.

3. Texas vs. LSU — The Tigers face one of the nation’s toughest schedules, with games against Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi remaining. But their strength of schedule could be strong enough even if they drop one.

4. Florida vs. USC — Yes, the Trojans already have a loss, but USC may be the most impressive of the one-loss teams if it wins out in the Pac-10.

5. Florida vs. Boise State — Why not? Boise State will likely finish undefeated, and already at No. 5 in the AP poll, the Broncos could climb higher when Nos. 1-4 fall.


“Stale champagne is good.”

— Cardinals infielder Mark DeRosa after St. Louis clinched the NL Central on Saturday night

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