A Dawg victory posits credibility to not only the lofty National Rankings, but would bolster the confidence of an entire fanbase that has seen two decades pass with not a single SEC Title. Never having tasted victory on the Alabama campus and being an underdog to the #22 ranked Tide should be impetus enough for the team, but the early week remarks by former Auburn HC and Georgia alumnus Pat Dye won't hurt.
Season record to date: Straight up: 41-21 ATS: 31-31
Noon on CBS
Florida (-13) @ Ole Miss: Arguably the two best QB's in the SEC take the field in this matchup, Eli & Rex. Sadly for the Rebs, the Gators cannot be counted on to blunder on ST's two weeks in a row and the Rebs still don't have a Defense.
Gators easily, lay the points.
2pm, no TV
Texas Tech @ Texas A&M (-6): These two teams hate each so much that the aTm media guide slammed them. The smack has been thick leading up to this and the Red Raiders seem to have shaken off their early season Offensive ineptitude as they visit College Station. The Aggies are playing stone'em D but still haven't found an Offensive identity, HC RC Slocum changing OC's in an effort to shake things up. The heart says go with the best D, the head says aTm at home will cover.
2:30 pm on NBC
Stanford @ Notre Dame (-8.5): Cinderella wears green and the Irish stand undefeated quite surprisingly. The Cardinal were decimated by Arizona State's Blitzkrieg and now have to face God's team. I've learned my lesson picking against the Irish at home, and they will cover too!
3:30pm on ABC & GP
Penn State @ Wisconsin (-2): A key Big 10 matchup as the Lions dropped one at home to the surprising Hawkeyes last week and seek to rebound against the undefeated Badgers. The return of WR Lee Evans will bolster a not too shabby passing game for Wisky and they are very tough in Camp Randall Stadium. Too much for the Lions to overcome methinks.
3:30pm on ABC & GP
Kansas State (-3) @ Colorado: This one will be a Lumber game as both rely upon their infantries and Defense to win. Oh, did I tell you that they really HATE each other too? Go figure the Buffs this season, they look really good one week and really bad the next, while the Wildcats cruise along undefeated and looking to grab the B12 North's driver's seat. I normally go with the home team in rivalry games, but choosing between the sanity from Manhattan vs. the insanity that is Colorado has me picking the 'Cats to cover.
3:30pm on ABC
UCLA @ Oregon State (-4): Pac10 elimination time for Beavers as they were shut out by the Trojans. The Bruins rebounded on the road last week against SDSU 43-7 and their visit to Corvalis is their Conference opener. In what should be a very good game featuring Offenses that can light up the scoreboard ordinarily, I'm picking the experience of the Bruins to overcome the youth of the Beavers.
3:30pm on ABC
California @ Washington (-12): Cal has dropped two in a row since shocking us with their win over MSU, losing a Conference meeting with the Cougars last week. This will be the first Pac10 game for the Huskies who seem to be having a down year on Defense, not a good thing given the Golden Bear passing attack. Still, I'll take Rick's kids to win but not cover.
7pm on TBS
Southern Cal (-3) @ Washington State: The Men of Troy slapped the Beavers down last week impressively and the Cougars secured a Pac10 win as well over Cal, making this meeting the key contest in the Conference this week, a trip to the Rose Bowl could be at stake as well. The strength of Wazoo, the Offense, versus the strength of USC, their Defense. At home, I'll take the underdog.
7:45pm on ESPN
Arkansas @ Tennessee (-11): Hard to figure this one, as the Hogs were slaughtered on their home field by Bama last week and the Vols awakened in the fourth quarter to put Rutgers away. Arky did run the ball on the Tide and should be able to on the Vols, but it was through the air that sunk the Hogs and that the Vols can do pretty well themselves. The spread is scaring me some, so Rocky Top wins at home but the Hogs cover.
8:00pm on ESPN2
Hawaii @ Boise State (-4): Another conference elimination game, this time in the WAC. June Jone's Bows visit the blue carpet of Broncos seeking to avenge a close loss last year that cost them a shot at a bowl, but will probably do so without their leading rusher. The Broncos lost their star QB two weeks ago but haven't had trouble since their visit to Arkansas scoring points. Contrarian pick of the week here, going with Hawaii.
10:15pm on Fox
Oregon (-8) @ Arizona: The Ducks first trip on the road finds the Wildcats beatup and missing key players, not a good thing to not have your best runner or best coverage guy against the Quack Attack. Given that, this is my Lock of the Week: Oregon.
Game of the Week!
3:30pm on CBS
Georgia @ Alabama (-4): Strange lead up to this game with Bama favored over the #6/7 ranked Dawgs. Stranger still that the near universal opinion of the Pundits is that Bama will simply bulldoze the Bulldogs. And in the bizarre category, we have the remarks of Pat Dye questioning the manhood of UGA to be able to lineup on the same field with Bama.
Guess I didn't get the memo saying that whipping a very questionable, untested, and light on the LOS Arkansas team instantly made your team dominant. The Hogs didn't block well enough to pass, barely enough to run, and displayed some of the poorest tackling I'd seen until last night's display by Clemson. The Tide can indeed run and pass against the weak, but didn't do so good in Norman against a good Sooner team.
Have the Dawgs been sandbagging? I think so and I think that Richt's Dawgs will not only defeat the Tide but that it will only be close initially, UGA is far too talented on Offense and the Bama secondary isn't that good, but it will be the Defense of Georgia that seals Bama's defeat.
Good Luck and Go DAWGS!