Georgia Versus Appalachain State, Two Marquee Games in Week 11

The Bulldogs Face a Cupcake on Homecoming
Georgia’s homecoming date with the Appalachian State Mountaineers leaves many college football fans looking elsewhere for a Saturday gridiron fix. The Mountaineers are a long way from the squad that shocked the college football world by beating Michigan six years ago.

App State has won two games in 2013. For UGA, the key to success this weekend is to focus on beating the Mountaineers and not look ahead to Auburn next week.

Prediction: Georgia 45, Appalachian State 17.  Now, on to more exciting games.
Oregon travels to Stanford Stadium to take on the Cardinal on Thursday night.  The Ducks are favored by 10.5 on the road.  New Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich has helped make the transition from former head man Chip Kelly seamless.  The Ducks are quacking like a well-oiled machine.

Oregon ranks in the top twenty in the nation in passing yards, they average 55.6 points per game, boasting a ground attack averaging more than 300 yards per contest.  The Ducks are 8-0 with no signs of slowing down.

As for Stanford, the Tree has fallen from the ranks of the unbeaten.  The Cardinal has been inconsistent on offense as a result of their struggle to develop a reliable aerial attack. Stanford is currently 96th in the nation in passing, and they lost to an unranked Utah team.

All signs point to Oregon’s speed killing Stanford in week eleven.  The quack attack is out for revenge.  Their loss to Stanford in 2012 knocked them out of national championship contention.

Prediction: Oregon 35, Stanford 24.
alabama_lsu_2013Alabama Faces LSU – Nick Saban Too Damn Old to Coach Anywhere Else

Despite the rumors of Nick Saban’s interest in coaching Texas, the Crimson Tide football program remains focused on their showdown with LSU.  The Bayou Bengals are wounded, having already lost two games.  LSU’s most recent stumble came on the road in Oxford against an Ole Miss team the Tide had already rolled over.  Still, the Tigers would love to spoil Alabama’s undefeated season.

Bama is the two-time defending national champion and the Tide are the number one team in the country.  Even so, the LSU tigers have won two of their last four meetings against coach Saban and company.

The last time a team won three straight national championships was over 80 years ago.  Nick Saban has four national titles to his credit, and is in the conversation of greatest college football coaches ever. Alabama senior quarterback AJ McCarron is the leader on the field for the Crimson Tide.  A third BCS title would certainly etch his name in Alabama lure.

Prediction: Alabama 28, LSU 17.

Bulldog Nation Address (What We Learned From Week Three)

The third Saturday in September began with a wild upset, and it was capped off by a stunner as well. Throughout the day, the Gators served the Volunteers a harsh dose of reality, Kentucky staked their claim to the bottom of the barrel in the SEC in a loss to Western Kentucky, and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray had a hoot of a night against the Florida Atlantic Owls. Here are my favorite story lines from the third week of college football.

Dawg Night in Athens-Aaron Murray got the Georgia Bulldogs off to a fast start against FAU. With two touchdown passes, The current Georgia QB tied Eric Zeier for second all-time in passing touchdowns at the University of Georgia. Despite throwing an interception near the end of the third quarter, if Murray can complete passes early and often on a consistent basis, the best offense in the Southeastern Conference may reside in Athens.

Unlucky Number 13-Virginia Tech got walloped on the road at Pittsburgh. The Panthers were 0-2 coming into the noon contest, and they looked terrible in their first two outings this year. That is why games are not played on paper. It will be interesting to see how high the former #13 Hokies can get after the Panthers ate their undefeated season balloon.

Revenge of the Huskies-In 2010, Randy Edsall entered the history books as a result of winning more  games at Connecticut than any previous Huskie coach. Edsall  led UConn to a BCS bowl appearance at the end of that year. Connecticut is known as a basketball school so Huskie fans were understandably excited about the future for the upstart football program.

Unfortunately for Connecticut, the clock struck midnight on their Cinderella BCS season before it was over, courtesy of the Oklahoma Sooners at the Fiesta Bowl as Oklahoma dominated the Huskies by a final score of 48-20. Coach Edsall did not even fly back with his team, and he took the head coaching job at Maryland a few days later. This past weekend, Connecticut visited Maryland looking for vindication. The Huskies came out a winner, outlasting Maryland 24-21. Continue reading