COLUMBIA -- South Carolina lost a tough one to Auburn last week. Some fans forced to watch the 16-13 snoozer lost patience with college football.
Something is wrong with a non-overtime game that lasts one minute shy of four hours. There were 96 running plays and only five scoring drives. But 14 timeouts by the teams on CBS in the first half set the stage for boredom that came down to, of all things, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier misusing his precious final timeout of the game before time ran out on the Gamecocks.
"We sit with a very loyal group of Gamecock fans but three families left at halftime," said longtime South Carolina fan Rebecca Long of Mount Pleasant. "That's very unusual."
All those big TV dollars are nice, but not at the risk of losing customers.
"My (eighth-grade) son said, 'Mom, this is so boring,' " Long said. "I hate that he said that. You want youngsters to get excited about college football."
Of course, this kind of random TV-on-fan violence could happen anywhere. The ACC, the 12-team somewhat Big Ten, the Mountain West. But it's up to ticket-buying fans to complain -- or risk more of the same.
And talk about a slow Saturday last week ... Presenting a united front, I agree with Warren Peper that we must pick up the pace today:
Boston College at Clemson
Homecoming at Death Valley, and just another win for the No. 8 Tigers, currently No. 2 in early BCS computer models.
Peper pick: Clemson, 31-14
Sapakoff pick: Clemson, 42-10
Kentucky at South Carolina
Get ready for some Wildcat formation, starring Berkeley High grad Bruce Ellington, vs. the Wildcats.
Peper pick: USC, 24-10
Sapakoff pick: USC, 31-7
Wofford at The Citadel
The Citadel can add momentum, if not a victory, to last week's miracle comeback at Chattanooga.
Peper pick: Wofford, 24-14
Sapakoff pick: Wofford, 28-14
N.C. Central at S.C. State
Bulldogs linebacker Donovan Richard had 13 tackles last week in a loss at Norfolk State.
Peper pick: S.C. State, 28-20
Sapakoff pick: S.C. State, 24-14
Auburn at Arkansas
Auburn's first SEC loss since 2009 comes a week later than expected.
Peper pick: Arkansas, 24-17
Sapakoff pick: Arkansas, 35-21
Miami at Virginia Tech
Clemson confused Logan Thomas, or maybe the Hokies' converted tight end isn't going to work out at quarterback.
Peper pick: Virginia Tech, 27-21
Sapakoff pick: Virginia Tech, 10-9
Georgia at Tennessee
Much bigger game for Mark Richt than for Derek Dooley.
Peper pick: Georgia, 28-20
Sapakoff pick: Georgia, 24-20
Ohio State at Nebraska
Nebraska wasn't that bad against Wisconsin; the Badgers and Russell Wilson are that good.
Peper pick: Nebraska, 17-14
Sapakoff pick: Nebraska, 31-7
Oklahoma vs. Texas
The Sooners keep winning and keep dropping in The Associated Press poll.
Peper pick: Oklahoma, 24-20
Sapakoff pick: Oklahoma, 28-17
Florida at LSU
Even with quarterback John Brantley healthy, the Gators are not geared for Baton Rouge. Then again, is any team?
Peper pick: LSU, 35-24
Sapakoff pick: LSU, 31-13
Last week: Peper 4-6, Sapakoff 4-6
Season: Sapakoff 34-16, Peper 32-18
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