Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Biggest Week, Yet

Week 2 of the college football season is upon us with a plethora of big games. This week may not determine the overall feel, but should set the tone for the next few weeks. I'm surprised Game Day chose the Bama-Penn State game to set up shop, especially with the Gators showing up in 3 weeks, but bey, they are the #1 team, for now.
As far as the Tide game goes, they should easily cover the 12 point spread over the true Freshman QB for JoPa. True, Mark Ingram is out again, but how much are they loosing without him? Robinson is more than serviceable as an SEC tailback starter. Bama won't loses nay votes this week!

BJ Daniels and the South Florida Bulls are treking north about 2 hours to Gainesville. The Gator center was quoted in August that Chris Rainey was going to be the whole offense this year. I guess he wanted to make sure he was right in attempting to snap the ball to him directly, or at least where he could pick it up off the turf every time. Talk about making your predictions come true. For the record, Rainey had 3 carries for 1 yard and 6 catches for 34 yards and a TD. If that's the whole offense, it could be a really long year for the #4 team in the nation. Hey Pouncey, get the ball to Brantley and let the boy do work!

South Carolina and Georgia open up their SEC tilts against one another yet again. This has been the opening matchup every year since the Game Cocks joined the SEC in 1992. Let's see how many grey hairs Garcia can give the 'ol Ball Coach this week. Despite AJ Green being sidelined by a used jersey, the Bulldogs will be just fine on the road this weekend. The tailgating restrictions won't affect the UGA faithful this weekend, meaning success all the way around.
The UGA contingent will be out in full force this weekend.

The Seminoles are traveling to Norman, OK to take on the Sooners. The line has moved a point towards the Noles, which is a little curious. Stoops versus Stoops is the headline, but the players on the field will ultimately determine the outcome. The DeMarco Murrary/Ryan Broyles show will be in full effect this weekend for a national audience, sending Free Shoes University back to Fla with an L, and not even a cover on the 7.5 points.

The Horseshoe will see a Hurricane this weekend in Jacory Harris. The Buckeyes think they have the ultimate QB in Pryor, but they haven't met Jacory yet. Both may be sitting side by side in new York in December for a trophy presentation, but only one can win this game. There is very little respect for the Canes with a 9 point line. They will easily cover this, and might even scare the Buckeyes a little late in the fourth. This game will be decided in the last 30 seconds, but OSU won't cover the line.

THE premiere game of the weekend, and what will be the most talked about game for the next month because of the meaning to each Institution is the Michigan - Notre Dame game. Both programs have had a rough few seasons, and appear ready to jump back into relevance. Two will enter, one will leave. This game will have a little bit of everything, a controvesial call by the refs, highlight reel catches, big hits by the D, turnovers, mistakes, dropped passes, bad clock management, basically everything that has been Wolverine and Irish football the past few seasons. The difference this year will be the level of the great plays/players will far outshine recent history, leading to an instant classic. Neither team will lead by double digits during the game. Both will miss "key" field goals. Both teams will post 400 yards of offense. But at the end, the Blue and Maize will leave the Victors of the Day.

The questions of the Oregon - Tennessee game: What will the Ducks wear this week? Can the Vols hold the Ducks under 72, in 3 quarters?!

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