SEC Football Weekend Winners (Week Three) September 15, 2012

It’s Saturday in Athens.

Week three in SEC football brings about a big match-up in the East, Alabama likely picking the bones of a skinned Hog in the West, and Missouri trying to rebound from an old man attack. It is difficult to pick a side in Saturday’s SEC East battle between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators, but the slight advantage goes to Good Ole’ Rocky Top.

Derrick Dooley could not have scripted a better start to the Vols’ 2012 campaign. Tennessee is 2-0, and ranked in the AP top 25 for the first time in four years. If Tyler Bray can stay healthy, the Volunteers will be a factor in the SEC East race if they can find a way to beat the Gators on Saturday night. Whomever comes up short will have a big hole to climb out of in the race to Atlanta.

The Georgia Bulldogs have a much simpler task ahead of them Saturday evening, as the Florida Atlantic Owls come to town. Georgia welcomes back Chase Vasser and Sanders Commings to a defense that does not need any help stopping FAU. It will be important for the returning Dawgs to play at a high level quickly because the Bulldogs resume Southeastern Conference play next week.

The Arkansas Razorbacks are coming off one of the most embarrassing things to happen to the program since Bobby Petrino wrecked his motorcyle with a female employee on the back. The Hogs lost at home to Louisiana Monroe in overtime after blowing a 14 point  fourth quarter lead. This week, Arkansas welcomes the #1 ranked Crimson Tide into town. Upsetting Alabama seemed highly improbable at best, and that was before the Warhawks visited Fayetteville. Continue reading

SEC Weekend Winners (Week Two) September 8, 2012

Week two of college football may go a long way in bringing more intrigue to the SEC East.  With the exception of Tennessee, the Eastern portion of the SEC had a pretty quiet opening weekend of sub-par performances. The Georgia Bulldogs take center stage on Saturday night, as they head to Missouri to introduce the Tigers to Southeastern Conference football. Georgia must play better as the Dawgs have a second chance to make a first impression. A strong performance from the Bulldogs would go a long way in relieving some of the anxiety that is permeating between the hedges. Above all else, Georgia must be ahead of Missouri when the clock hits zero in the fourth quarter.

Elsewhere in the East, the Florida Gators travel to College Station to welcome the other new addition to the Southeastern Conference into the fold. The Texas A&M Aggies have a new coach in Kevin Sumlin, as well as a redshirt freshman quarterback (Johnny Manziel) making his first career start after the Aggies opener was postponed. Florida has quarterback questions of their own, but Gator head coach Will Muschamp has committed to Jeff Driskel as the starter for this week. If the quarterback position is as much of a revolving door for the Florida Gators as it was last week against Bowling Green, Texas A&M may find a way to win.

LSU gets a slight upgrade in competition in Baton Rouge this weekend as the Tigers welcome the Washington Huskies. Tiger quarterback Zach Mettinberger completed his final eight passes in the opener against North Texas, and the Bayou Bengals look to keep rolling. As for Washington, head coach Steve Sarkisian has an opportunity to get a career making win if his Huskies can pull off a monumental upset. Continue reading