As mentioned yesterday, every week we’re going to put out the top games for each weekend along with a prediction for each of them. Included in this article will also be the worst games of the weekend, which we’re entitling our “Dry Wedding Games” (because they’re about as much fun as a dry wedding).
This week it was pretty easy to pick the biggest SEC games of the weekend considering that 90% percent of the league is getting one of their cupcake games out of the way. It was much harder for me to decide which game was actually the worst on the schedule since there were so many awful ones to choose from in Week 1.
#4 LSU vs. #3 Oregon
I already wrote a little about this game here, so I won’t go into the boring details
again but this is the biggest game of the weekend. For the Ducks, it’s a chance to show that they belong in the National Title chase again after making a run to the BCS Championship just last year. It also is a chance for the upgraded PAC 12 to try and make a statement against the baddest conference in the land. LaMichael James and Darron Thomas will look to move the ball against a John Chavis defense that is among the top in the country
For LSU, it’s unfortunately going to be a game in which they’ll have to decide who is going to be their quarterback in the absence of Jordan Jefferson. Jarrett Lee is the most likely choice but Zach Mettenberger could also get in on the action. The Tigers are also without their top receiver, Russell Shepard, who was declared ineligible for violating an NCAA rule.
Even with some of their big playmakers gone, LSU’s impressive defense will most likely keep them in the game but I think Oregon makes one more big play than the Tigers.
Pick: Oregon 24 LSU 20
#19 Georgia vs. #5 Boise State
Despite the fact that the other game of the week pits two top 5 teams against one another, the argument is that this game is actually more important to the National Title chase. Boise State will get a crack at an SEC team and if they win, will pretty much have played the toughest game on their schedule and could basically cruise to an undefeated season. Of course, that was what was supposed to happen last year before Nevada ruined the party for them.
Georgia comes into this game with a lot to prove; Coach Mark Richt is already on the hotseat again, a recurring theme for the Bulldogs over the last several years. With a win against a top program like Boise State, they could start the season on a strong note and send a warning to the rest of the SEC East.
Boise State returns Kellen Moore but also lost his top receiving threats, Titus Young and Austin Pettis. How well the offense can perform against an SEC defense without two of their biggest playmakers will be the big question going into the game.
I believe Georgia is on the rise again and quarterback Aaron Murray is one of the best in the conference. In my opinion Boise is not as good as last year and the ‘Dawgs will pull this one out.
Pick: Georgia 30 Boise State 21
Dry Wedding Games
Elon at Vanderbilt
Ok, so I promise I won’t pick Vanderbilt as the worst game of the weekend every week but even Vandy fans have to admit that this might be the worst game of the entire season.
I didn’t even know there was a school named Elon and I certainly don’t care to watch them play Vanderbilt on opening weekend. All I know about this game is that Vanderbilt is favored by 14 which means that Elon must be pretty awful because Vandy doesn’t get favored by double-digits too often.
Pick: Vandy 31 Elon 10
Kent State at #2 Alabama
When reporters are approaching the storyline that Kent State is Nick Saban’s alma mater it’s not a good sign for the quality of the matchup. Even Kent State knows that this one is going to be horrible because they tried to get some mercy by sending their entire team to help with tornado relief in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago. (all joking aside, a very classy move by Kent State, bravo)
If this game isn’t over by the beginning of the second quarter it could be considered an upset by the Golden Eagles. I’ll watch this game because I have to but I won’t be happy about it.
Pick: Alabama 49 Kent State 3
Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky
This game was played last night and if you watched it, I’m truly sorry. The Cats did their best to embarrass the conference against the mighty Hilltoppers. At last check before I went to sleep last night, Kentucky had 70 offensive yards on 34 plays and had their only touchdown scored on an interception return. I’m making this prediction: Kentucky will end the season with a worse record than Vanderbilt. You heard me, mark it down.