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1. Georgia Bulldogs-The Bulldogs arrived in Tempe and did what they were suppose to do: destroy Arizona State. The final score could have been much worse but the Dawgs are working on their young offensive line and are still missing key blocking fullback Brandon Southerland. Freshman sensation WR A.J. Green emerged into a go-to target for Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno was up to his Special K attributes of leaping over tall defenders. Georgia has no time to rest on their laurels and get a tough Bama team at night in a "Blackout" game in Athens.
2. USC Trojans-Pete Carroll and his Trojans had another off week to prepare for a road trip to Oregon State this Thursday night. The last time USC visited Corvalis they lost and have a history of always having a tough time there. USC should cruise considering the Beavers are not anywhere close to being a good team this year and Mark Sanchez should put up huge numbers against a soft Beaver defense. And by Beaver I mean vagina.
3. Missouri Tigers-The Tigers struggled a little bit against Buffalo but thanks to Chase Daniel's near perfect day (36-of-43 for 439 yards) the Tigers remain in my #3 spot. They get an off week to prepare for a trip to Nebraska in what will be the start of a tough Big 12 schedule for the Tigers.
4. Oklahoma Sooners-The Sooners enjoyed an off week and now face a ranked albeit marginal top 25 opponent in TCU. TCU has given Oklahoma fits in the past and are actually one of only two teams to have beaten Oklahoma in Norman in the last decade. If the Sooners don't come out focused and fired up they could be in for an upset. Chances of an upset are slim.
5. LSU Tigers-The Fear-Les Tigers jump to the 5th spot and slide past Florida after an impressive win at Auburn. These Tigers don't appear to be rebuilding and are still playing top defense while the offense reloads. The Tigers seem to be playing the no respect card as media pundits rarely mention them as a serious contender for the SEC. RB Charles Scott is playing his way into Heisman consideration and he should put up some impressive numbers this week against Mississippi State in what should be a blowout win for the Tigers.
6. Florida Gators-Something is missing on this Gator's team. Granted the blew out the Vols on the scoreboard in Knoxville but they still can't run the ball with any consistency and their defense looks as soft as Phil Fulmer's cheeks. The good part of their game is they still have Tim Tebow in one piece and their special teams excel in all aspects. Plus they have great coaching with Urban Meyer. They have Ole Miss this week in the Swamp in what could turn out to be one of the best SEC games of the week since the Rebels are no pushover.
7. Texas Longhorns-Colt McCoy had a great performance against Rice as he went 19-of-23 for 329 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 83 yards and another TD. They get their make up game against Arkansas this week in what should be a blowout by the 3rd quarter at the latest.
8. Penn State Nittany Lions-They destroyed Temple 45-3 despite fumbling the ball 4 times and allowing over 200 yards in kickoff returns. This Nittany Lions team is the most impressive since they went to the Orange Bowl a few seasons ago and right now appear to be the best team in the Big Ten. Illinois comes to visit Happy Valley in what should be an offensive explosion worth watching.
9. Alabama Crimson Tide-Bama has been more than impressive in Nick Saban's second year in Tuscaloosa and this week get to visit Georgia for a "Blackout" game. If Bama can control the line of scrimmage like they have the first few games then they have a legitimate shot at a road upset.
10. Auburn Tigers-I know it seems weird to lose a game and yet I bump them up to my top 10 but this Auburn team is really good and lost a last second contest to an equally good LSU squad. QB Chris Todd came into his own and should give Auburn fans hope of still competing for a SEC Title.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Paul Westerdawg of GeorgiaSportsBlog points out an Alabama assistant coach
using the Black out this Saturday as motivation for BAMA to bury the Dawgs. His exact words at the 1:03 mark in the video are this...
"THEY ARE WEARING BLACK BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO A MOTHER F-ING FUNERAL!"
And so it begins.
I'm sure Georgia head coach Mark Richt can use this video as a little extra motivation for not only his players but his coaches to be ready to fight against Alabama. This is going to be one of those brutal slugfests with whoever wants the game more is going to come out with a victory in Athens. Alabama comes in high as a kite riding blowout victories including one over Clemson but have yet to play a top 5 team like Georgia currently is and I get this feeling Bama thinks they can come in and destroy the Dawgs. Their confidence or arrogance as some would point out is at an all-time high as it should be.
With that being said I think Georgia comes out with their ears pinned back and ready to maul Bama in front of a national audience. Alabama wants revenge for a losing a tight one in overtime last year in Tuscaloosa in which Mikey Henderson caught his first career touchdown catch from Matthew Stafford in a barn burner. These programs and their fans will be ready to fight starting at the morning tailgate with all the build up and hype of two top 10 teams battling it out with ESPN's College Game Day there.
I'm contemplating whether to make the trek up to Athens this weekend to see some of the fireworks. Granted I don't have tickets but I have a feeling some of the pregame festivities or tailgates as us drunks call them will look a lot like this...
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 9:18 AM