Fan Perspective

Best 3 SEC Games This Weekend

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The 2017 SEC College football season is here!

And the opening weekend in the SEC does not disappoint fans.  There are some very good non-conference matchups, and what many consider the most-anticipated season-opener in college football.

Here are my three best SEC games this weekend.

Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Monday, 8pm., ESPN

Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jauan Jennings (15). Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

This game will be in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which is less than 2 miles from Tech’s campus in downtown Atlanta.  I expect the “Ramblin Wreck” fans to be in full effect.  However, I feel there will be an equal amount or more of Vols fans in Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Monday night.  For many Vols fans, this will be UT coach Butch Jones’ “show me what you got” year at Tennessee.  We all know that Georgia Tech’s triple-option can cause problems for many opposing defenses, but Tech did lose its top three rushers from last season.  Tennessee’ best defensive player Darrin Kirkland Jr. is injured.   Also, this season is the start of the post Joshua Dobbs era as quarterback.  It’s not sure what the Vols’ offense will look like.  However, the Vols do return star WR Jauan Jennings, who needs to be a factor in the game.

 

Florida vs. Michigan

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Saturday, 3:30pm., ABC

Florida owns the nation’s longest season-opening winning streak: For 27 years in a row the Gators have won in Week 1.   However, this season-opener against the Michigan has lost a bit of steam because Florida will be without two of their best offensive players: WR Antonio Callaway and RB Jordan Scarlett are suspended.  Both Michigan and Florida are starting very young quarterbacks and both teams will have new faces in key defensive positions.  The Wolverines returns just five starters overall and still looking for a breakout player at the wide-receiver and running back positions.  Florida’s offense is still untested and that will be a key component to this game.  Michigan is a 3-point favorite.

Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13). Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Alabama vs. Florida State

Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA

Saturday, 8pm., ABC

ALABAMA DB MINKAH FITZPATRICK, courtesy of Alabama athletics

This will be the first college game in the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium and it is huge.  Its top-ranked Alabama and No.3 Florida State in one of the biggest-season openers.  Many college football fans feel this could be precursor to the College Football Playoff.  This game is loaded with talent on the field with potential All-American defensive backs Minkah Fitzpatrick of Alabama and Derwin James of FSU. The Seminoles have established pass rushers; the Crimson Tide does not. But the Tide has an established wide and running back, and the Seminoles do not have either. Both have playmaking sophomore quarterbacks in Jalen Hurts of Alabama and Deondre Francois of Florida State.  The game will come down to which team offensive line can block the other team defensive front? Alabama would seem to have the advantage in that regard, especially when you look at the Tide’s defensive front seven going against a questionable FSU offensive line.

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