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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?