Another football season is upon us as SEC teams kickoff later this week. For the most part, these games are jokes so I won't spend a ton of time on many of them and will save words for the two good games and for the weeks to come.
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#5 Boise State vs. #19 Georgia (Atlanta, GA)
These kickoff games in Atlanta have been intriguing over the past few seasons. Georgia (once again) rides into the game with a ton of hype and expectations. However, a rebuilt offensive line and the loss of stud WR A.J. Green to the NFL are reason enough to watch the Bulldogs with a cautious eye. The Boise State Broncos bring their own set of expectations and hype into this one, attempting once more to prove they belong in the hunt for the BCS crown by knocking off a team from a "big boy" conference.
If Georgia wants to win, they have to keep QB Aaron Murray upright and control the clock limiting opportunities for the Broncos and their own ace QB Kellen Moore. The Broncos need to lure Georgia into their game just like they did Virginia Tech last year. Until I see otherwise from a Mark Richt team in a big game, I can't pick them to win it. Boise State has been here and done this enough and even in Georgia's back yard, they have more than enough to notch this win.
Boise State 27, Georgia 22
#3 Oregon vs. #4 LSU (Dallas, TX)
LSU rolls into this game without starting QB Jordan Jefferson who was suspended following an arrest last week. Oregon is without DB Cliff Harris who was suspended following his own run-in with the law. These coaches can't wait until kickoff because for those five hours they'll be able to keep the players from self-destructing - at least, they hope so. Conventional wisdom says the bigger team (LSU in this case) will win out in the end. After all, we saw that last year in the BCS title game as Oregon fell to Auburn. Oregon, no doubt still soured by that experience, will be out to prove that wisdom fallible by utilizing their speed on both sides of the ball to gain advantages against the Baton Rouge Tigers.