Only one man can save us from a season of Blue Field discussions. Unfortunately it’s the man pictured above.
Every week we hope to bring you both a look at Kentucky’s upcoming opponent, and a look around the conference for any games that you should keep an eye on. With the first week of play coming up, the schedule is full of good teams playing terrible ones, so there isn’t that much to discuss. But there are two marquee games for you to get excited about, both with SEC teams and both guaranteed to have national title implications. Not a bad way to kick off the college football season, huh?
Here’s your must watch games of the week:
(5) Boise State @ (19) Georgia:
Year after year Boise State has been the title contender that nobody wants to see in the title game. Most fans of power conference teams decry Boise’s inclusion in title talks because of their laughingly week conference schedule, but no matter who you’re playing, it’s not easy to win every game with a target on your back. Still, BSU has been trying to up their strength of schedule by adding good (not great) teams in the off season. In the past two years they have notched wins over Virginia Tech, Oregon and TCU – not exactly power houses, but solid programs all the same. They look to start a title run by taking a win on the road from an SEC opponent. If they can pull off the victory, the rest of their schedule will be easy street and they may finally make it to the title game. If Georgia wins, we won’t have to hear about how deserving Boise is of a bid for an entire year. Go Dawgs.
(3) Oregon vs (4) LSU
Oregon ended their undefeated season with a loss to an SEC team last year, this season they may do the same. If you can count 0-0 as an undefeated season. Despite being ranked a spot higher than the Tigers, Oregon is looked at as the underdog headed in to Saturday’s game. The Ducks have traditionally flopped in big out of conference games (see my mention of losing to Boise State in the paragraph above,) and simply don’t seem to have the physicality it takes to compete with the games biggest teams. Fortunately for them, LSU’s starting quarterback and a key wide receiver are out for the game due to the drama from a few weeks ago. Still, it’s not like back-up QB Jarrett Lee has never lead the Tigers to a win before, so don’t expect a huge drop off at the position. It promises to be an exciting game (unless it isn’t,) and Les Miles will mismanage the clock at least once (unless he doesn’t.) He will.
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