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SEC Week One: Game Previews

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

COLLEGE FOOTBALL is BACK and in a BIG WAY!!! This opening weekend does not disappoint in ranked teams playing each other.  The SEC does not disappoint college football fans either. The SEC have plenty of amazing games to watch this weekend.  Here are my top SEC games to watch in on this opening weekend of college football.

  1. Appalachian State vs. Tennessee- Sept. 1- 7:30 pm- SEC Network.  hi-res-ae65f81f88a85e55f3147ed37be98481_crop_north

This is the year for Tennessee. The Vols are better, more talented, and on paper a top ten team.  The Vols returning a senior quarterback in Joshua Dobbs, along with running backs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara.  The defense front is not too bad for Tennessee being led by Derek Barnett and Kahil McKenzie.

However, the Vols should not look past Appalachian State.  The Mountaineers do have a high powerful offensive and can score touchdowns very quickly.  They average 36 points per game last season under quarterback Tyler Lamb and nine returning starters on defense.

Again, Tennessee is the better team, but they can’t expect Appalachian State not to come ready to play.  So, Tennessee should not sleep on Appalachian State or this will become very interesting.

  1. LSU vs Wisconsin- Sept. 3- 3:30 pm- ABC

We have Leonard Fournette and the Badgers defense in Lambeau Field on opening weekend… I’m all for it!!!   Yes, Fournette is one of LSU’s major offensive threat, but the quarterback play of Brandon Harris will be really key in this game.  Harris has some great wide receivers to throw the ball to in Malachi Dupree and Travin Dural. If Harris, throws the ball really well against the Badgers defense; then LSU will be in position to win the game.http-%2F%2Fstatic.silverchalice

Now, Wisconsin will have its hands full in stopping Fournette. They do have a pretty strong defensive front, but the loss of their starting center, Dan Voltz, could play a factor when going up against LSU defensive line.

This is going to be a tough, grind and pound type of game at Lambeau Field.  The difference will be the LSU passing game and Brandon Harris.

  1. Alabama vs. USC-Sept. 3- 8:00 pm- ABC

The defending National Champion start off strong out the gate on their quest to repeat as champions.  Alabama has not lost a season opener since 2001 against UCLA.  Every time Alabama has played a game in AT&T Stadium; the end result is a victory. I expect this game result will be the same for Alabamaalabama-usc

The question here for the Crimson Tide…Who is replacing Jake Coker as quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Derrick Henry?  Will it be Cooper Bateman or Blake Barnett? As for replacing Henry, it appears that Bama will go with Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris. There is no shortage of talent for the Crimson Tide including wide receiver Calvin Ridley and tight end O.J. Howard.

For USC, it is going to be difficult for starting quarterback, Max Browne. The Bama defensive front is going to bring the pressure to him every opportunity they have in this game.  Yes, Bama is replacing some key defensive spots, but will still have enough talent to pressure Browne in this game.  USC does have a great pair of running back in Justin Davis and Ronald Jones II, along with Juju Smith-Schuster, who is a very explosive wide receiver.

This will come down to USC defensive front trying to stop Alabama’s run game.  USC will hold its own against Alabama, but in the end the Crimson Tide will get the win and keep their winning record in season openers.

  1. Ole Miss vs. Florida State-Sept.5- 8:00 pm- ESPN

fsu-ole-missLabor Day does not disappoint SEC and ACC football fans with this game.  It will be a good game to watch.  Ole Miss will have its NFL- caliber quarterback, Chad Kelly leading them against Florida State.  However, Ole Miss is replacing a lot from last season offensive line against a very dominant Seminole defense.

Kelly will have to bring his “A” game and the offensive line will have hold up for him to give him time to find offensive threats, Quincy Adeboyejo, Damore’ea Stringfellow and Even Engram.  Because the Seminoles will have its own offensive weapons in their quarterback, Deondre Francis, and running back, Dalvin Cook.  The Land Shark defense will be busy in keeping Cook from running a lot of yards.  The Seminole defensive front is not too shabby and will provide headaches for the Rebels offensive line with defensive end, DeMarcus Walker.

If Chad Kelly will be dealing with pressure from the Seminoles all night; expect it to be a very tough night for the Rebels.  Florida State’s secondary will lock down on Stringfellow and Adeboyejo, with the Seminoles’ defensive front to push around Ole Miss’s offensive line.

I expect the Seminoles’ offensive threats to pose a real challenge for Ole Miss in this game.  Kelly will do everything in his power to keep this game from getting completely out of hand, but Florida State win come away with a win.

 

 

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