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.
The Alabama Crimson Tide are coming off one of the most physically dominant and overwhelming performances I have ever seen to begin a college football season. Western Kentucky is the poor lamb preparing to get slaughtered in Alabama’s home opener. As much as I love insane upsets, the HillToppers should just try to get out of Tuscaloosa in one piece.
In my final season preview, I picked my beloved Georgia Bulldogs to win the BCS National Championship. I stand by that pick, and I still believe it is possible, but the Dawgs are going to have to get better each and every week if they want to make it to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. Getting to the Georgia Dome is likely to be easier than winning the SEC title because both Alabama and LSU look to be juggernauts again this year. For anyone wondering, I did not forget about Arkansas, I just think Alabama and LSU are both going to make bacon out of the Hogs.
Picks for the weekend
Florida over Texas A&M- Kevin Sumlin’s stock reached an all-time high in my book last weekend when I noticed that his former team, the Houston Cougars, got throttled by Texas State. I was not even aware Texas State had a football team. Coaching aside, Florida’s defense is very good, and I expect the Gator defense to assist the offense in doing just enough to pick up a road win. Florida 24, Texas A&M 13.
Washington does not have enough on either side of the football to keep up with LSU.The Tigers are going to maul the Huskies, as Zach Mettinberger looks to prove that the Bayou Bengals are his team now. LSU 42, Washington 17.
In the freebie of the week, Alabama rolls over Western Kentucky. If I were a HillTopper, it would be hard not to dread this one. Alabama a lot, Western Kentucky a pity field goal.
Georgia’s Southeastern Conference opener against the Missouri Tigers will go down as one of the ten most important games in Mark Richt’s tenure in Athens, especially if the outcome is not favorable. This game is an absolute must win. My head and my heart say that the Bulldogs will answer the bell in a big way. Georgia 41, Missouri 24.
Enjoy the weekend. GO DAWGS!!
- Maddawg’s Sports Weekend Itinerary (September 30 – October 2, 2011)
- Georgia Bulldogs 2012 Schedule Preview – Postseason Edition
- Maddawg’s Sports Weekend Itinerary (September 23- 25, 2011)
- Maddawg’s Play of The Day – College Football Week 11 (November 12, 2011)
- Georgia LSU- 2011 SEC Championship Game