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SEC Game(s) Of The Week


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At the beginning of the season we rarely get intriguing games or story lines to get excited about.  However last week the SEC delivered by stepping up to the challenged and scheduling Oregon and Boise State, giving the rest of the country something to talk about this week.  This coming weekend is no different, as the SEC once again finds itself locked in two games that will shape college football as we go forward.

No. 3 Alabama vs No. 23 Penn State (3:30 on Saturday)

This is a repeat from last years game where Alabama looked to face it’s first test of the season.  The same goes for this edition of the Crimson Tide, and I honestly don’t expect too different a result this go around.  Last year Bama won 24-3 at home, and while the Tide will have to travel to Penn State this weekend I wouldn’t be surprised if the score was a bit more lopsided.  Alabama looked scary good last weekend – particularly on defense – and I haven’t been convinced on a Penn State team pretty much ever.  It’s a chance to see a title contender take on a solid but not great team, we’ll get to see Nick Saban match wits with Joe Paterno and it’s a marquee game on at 3:30.  What’s not to like?

No. 12 South Carolina vs Georgia (4:30 on Saturday)

However this is the game that most intrigues me.  Steve Spurrier probably has his best team to date at South Carolina and thanks to a predicted down year from Florida, could field the only team that could give a game to the SEC West champion.  Add to that Georgia’s comedy of failures against Boise State and the throne of flames Mark Richt has found himself on, and we will get to see two teams in unfamiliar territory lead by two coaches in one of the most important seasons of their career.  For Spurrier this game is merely a stepping stone on the road to a championship and confirmation that his hire at USC was as great as it was billed.  For Richt, if his team loses this game in an embarrassing fashion, it may be the last straw in his tenure at Georgia.  Either way, a lot is on the line this weekend for both teams no matter the outcome.

So which are you more intrigued by?

Article written by Will Lentz

19 Comments for SEC Game(s) Of The Week

  1. Gary Busey
    3:10 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    If Joe Pa ever quits coaching, maybe he can bring back Little People Big World.

  2. Catsantonio
    3:11 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    If UK and UGa both tank this year and Joker/Richt get fired; do we go after Mark Richt?

  3. Manbearpig
    3:20 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Joker still will get a by even if he tanks this year. Barnhardt will give him at least 3 but probably 4 years and then evaluate. But if Richt is available if Joker gets axed I would go for him.

  4. Joe
    3:21 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    UGA/USC by far. I don’t remember the last Penn State team that impressed me. Paterno is living proof that Big Ten football is something that time warped from about 1962. I don’t think a loss Saturday finished Richt, but I think that if he loses it, at 2-2 the three game stretch of home vs. Miss. St., and at UT and Vandy becomes critical. If he comes out of those games at 4-3 or better, he may yet survive. If he’s 3-4 going into the Florida game, he’s done.

  5. GB
    3:21 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Alabama v Penn St, I think the Fighting Paternos will keep the score close…but lose in Happy Valley!

  6. Pikeville25
    3:28 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Florida looked pretty damn good.

  7. stone
    3:36 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    South Carolina and Georgia is an SEC league game, so the world outside the SEC won’t exactly be tuned in to the same extent that it will for a Alabama/Penn St. matchup or either of the other two matchups you mentioned. It will determine the pecking order within the SEC but isn’t nearly as interesting as getting to see how two different conferences size up against each other in the early going of the season.

  8. Maxwell
    3:43 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    USC and Steve Spurrier were complimented way too much in this article. Made me throw up a little bit in my mouth. Please, don’t ever say good things about them again. Remember when thie student body wrote us that leter after they beat John wall and Co. and said Kentucky will never beat USC in any of the major sports ever again? Come on Will….

  9. ThankfulCat
    3:49 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    both games will be ugly

    Bama 35
    PSU 10

    SC 35
    UGA 17

    Word is Aaron Murray has cracked ribs and won’t play.

  10. Don
    3:55 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Bama will punish PSU – TIDE rolls +21

  11. jobber
    3:55 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Auburn vs Miss St will be a good game

  12. Mr Schwump
    3:59 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    2, is he can’t win at Ga what makes you think he can win at UK?

  13. BPsycho
    3:59 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    #8 **** South Carolina!… ****, ****, **** South Carolina!

    UK – 28 ” 7 field goals.. and 1 TD, possibly thrown”

    CMU – 21 ” meh, alotta penalties ”


  14. Mr Schwump
    4:00 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    2, if he can’t win at Ga what makes you think he can win at UK?

  15. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    4:04 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    When will people learn that Joe P. doesn’t do any coaching anymore.. he is simply the face of the Penn State program. Wears the colors, stands on the sidelines and takes responsibility for wins and losses. Time for Penn State to get a real coach instead of a 100 year old mascot. Bama by 24+

    GA vs. SC is the better game to watch here. I say Georgia keeps it close.

  16. SoccerCat
    4:40 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    We absolutely should go after Richt if he is fired. Or Trussel for that matter.

  17. Coyote Hunter
    4:59 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    Go for Tressel

  18. Moses
    6:50 pm September 7, 2011 Permalink

    And Kentucky plays… Oh ya nobody

  19. click
    9:38 am September 8, 2011 Permalink

    well, sounds good, but i would improve it on the last paragraph 🙂