I busted out the Phil Steele the other night and have been giving it my initial read over, not going into too much detail but skimming the surface. I really like looking at each team’s schedules and that gave me an idea. I perused the different teams’ schedules and came up with a guide of games I am most looking forward to watching. Now, it should go without saying that every Georgia game is going to be on this list, but I included some of the main Georgia games I am looking forward to seeing most.
Like most of you, I watch a lot of college football. My wife is very cool with me sitting in the recliner all day on Saturdays. I may not get to watch all 60 minutes of all these games, depending on what TV dictates. And this list could change as we get in the season, as some teams may be duds. But as we sit here, some 70 or so days away from September 1st, here is what I am looking forward to, beginning with September’s games. Subsequent posts will feature games from October, November and December.
A few from August sneaked their way into September’s post…
South Carolina at Vanderbilt-I always enjoy watching South Carolina play the first Thursday night of the College football season. It will be interesting to see how Spurrier coaches without the Georgia game on the horizon for the first time in his tenure at USC. Plus we get a sneak peak into how James Franklin in Year 2 is going to be.
Tennessee vs. North Carolina State-I think Tennessee could be sneaky good this season, and folks forget that last season, Tom O’Brien managed to get the Wolfpack to 8-5 without Russell Wilson. It will be an interesting test in a pivotal year for Lil’ Dooley.
Boise State at Michigan State-Boise State will open consecutive seasons against the 2012 Outback Bowl opponents. I don’t think the Broncos will fare as against the winners of the bowl game as they did against the losers a year ago. Both teams must replace their QB, and it will be interesting to see how well Boise was able to reload.
Auburn vs. Clemson-Alabama vs. Michigan doesn’t interest me. If I wanted to watch a slaughter, I would watch a local middle school team go up against a varsity team. This will be the 4th time since 2007 the sets of Tigers teams have played, with Auburn having a 2-1 advantage. It will be the second time in the GA Dome (CFA Bowl). The past 3 games have been settled by a COMBINED 12 points, and with Auburn’s new defense and Clemson’s uncanny ability to pull a Clemson, this should be another close, hard fought game. I wonder though: which of these two coaches will manage to look the most confused during the game? That is worth watching right there!
Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech-These two rivals face off in prime time on Labor Day. This game has usually decided whatever division they are in (I can’t tell which teams are in which ACC division. It makes no sense!), but this game usually decides the division.
Georgia at Missouri-I think this is fairly obvious.
Florida at Texas A&M-Again, like with the Georgia game, this is first SEC game for newly added Texas A&M. Plus, it will be interesting to see how much of a stride Florida is taking under Coach Muschamp in Year 2.
Auburn at Mississippi State-Dan Mullen needs a good rebound season in Starkville. Auburn, coming off a probable loss to Clemson, will be hungry for a win. So I think this will be interesting. This was a close game last year.
Alabama at Arkansas-The departure of Bobby Petrino makes this game not as big, but Arkansas still has some VERY talented players. It should be a good SEC game.
Florida at Tennessee-This game won’t be on the 3:30 slot on CBS, which I don’t particularly like. These two teams aren’t what they used to be, but this is in my opinion one of the better rivalries in college football. I always enjoy this game as a 3rd party. I think this game is a mystery, covered in an enigma wrapped in a riddle. Like I mentioned earlier, this game will be very telling to see how well Muschamp does in Year 2 vs. seeing how well Dooley can rebound after a disastrous, injury plagued 2011 campaign.
Southern Cal at Stanford-David Shaw will be Larry Coker Vol. 2.0. Just you wait and see. I think Southern Cal plays for the NC this season, and this will be good to see if they can avoid the bone headed mistakes that plagued them at times last season and take the next step to legit contender.
Clemson at Florida State-This game is always pretty good, and 2012 should be no exception. Phil Steele says it might decide a player for the National Championship, and he might be right.
LSU at Auburn-These two teams usually face off in instant classics, last year notwithstanding. Always a classic SEC slugfest. I can just hear the SEC on CBS music right now.
Michigan at Notre Dame-This game always gets a lot of hype, not really because either of teams have been all that good recently, but just because the names on the jerseys (except these teams don’t have their names on the jerseys…). Could be a good game.
Wisconsin at Nebraska-The Badgers are rolling right now. If you like watching big, slow white boys hit each other as hard as they can, this is for you. This could be a good, close game.
Ohio State at Michigan State-Two Big 10 games in one day! Let’s see how Ohio State does against a well-coached Spartan team. This will be Meyer’s first big test at Ohio State.
Texas at Oklahoma State-Texas has a horrible offense and really good defense. Oklahoma State has a great offense, but the Cowpokes are going to have to replace a lot of key players. Big 12 supremacy and who will challenge Oklahoma will be on the line.
Tennessee at Georgia-Again, I think Tennessee could be sneaky good. Hopefully, the Dawgs will be unscathed from the Missouri game. This game scares me to death. I could see Georgia, if they trip up against Missouri, be in a very dangerous spot here. Even if they do beat Missouri, I still think Tennessee will be better than the experts think and Lil Dooley is going to really want it in Athens.
Arkansas at Texas A&M-Surely this will be an exciting, high scoring game.