LSU @ Auburn
UF @ Tenn
UM @ Louis
Enough of this Neb/USC and Mich/ND nonsense, it's time to talk about some real football, those games goin on in the south this weekend!
First off, the LSU/Aub game. After watching the Auburn game last week I have jumped on the bandwagon (not to mention their favorable schedule this year). They have some serious offensive weapons with serious experience. Led by the three headed attack of Brandon Cox, Kenny Irons, and Courtney Taylor the Tigers boast one of the most potent offenses in the SEC. Combined with that they have one heckuva backup RB in Brad Lester, remember that name... this kid is gonna be a stud. Let me also note that Auburn has just an amazing FG kicker. I saw the guy DRILL a 55 yarder against Miss St that legitamately could have gone five-ten yards further, and I'm not exagerrating... I think his name is Vaugn. I know LSU also has some playmakers in Dwayne Bowe and JaMarcus Russell but because of the homefield advantage and experience of Auburn I see Auburn pulling this one out with about a six point victory.
Next, onto my favorite game of the week... the UF/UT game. I gotta make the predictable choice and go with my Gators. I was leaning towards the Gators winning on Rocky Top already however when I heard that Tennessee's only returning front seven starter was out for the game as well as their second CB was also injured I knew I was going with the Gators. Tennessee's #1 CB also went down in the preseason. I see it being awefully tough for Tenn to stop Chris Leak and Co. without their best pass rusher and without their starting two CB's. Their only chance is to bring tons of pressure on Chris Leak and the inexperienced OL and see how they deal with it. My only concern is that if this gets into a shootout in Tennessee, Erik Ainge may get the last word. While the Gators' secondary has played well so far, they've played two Conference USA teams, not a real test as of yet. The UF DL is one of the best in the nation though so they should pressure Ainge all day long. I have to take the Gators in the victory by about ten.
Lastly, the UM/Louis game. This game is in Kentucky however I see UM as the hungry team right now. People say in the NFL that the team who wants it most wins, and I think that applies to this game. UM lost on National Television and this is their chance to impress the voters with most of the country seeing this game on ABC. The loss of Michael Bush against an already stout defense doesn't help much either. Brian Brohm will have trouble passing against this quick UM secondary led by Brandon Maryweather. I also see Tyrone Moss' return as a big help to the offense which should be able to handle the road game led by experienced QB Kyle Wright. I see UM pulling out a close one with a three point victory. Also, does anyone know when/if Ryan Moore will be returning?
Thoughts? Reactions? Predictions?