First and foremost, my allegiance is to the Georgia Bulldogs. But Fall Saturdays are special days to kick back and sit in front of the TV and watch football all day. The days when Georgia doesn’t have a home game are good to watch other SEC or Conferences’ games, but if the Dawgs are on the road, usually you worry about the upcoming Georgia game. There are several days when Georgia isn’t playing, or they have an easy game where you can get home early enough to enjoy the rest of the games for the day.
So, here is your viewing guide for Saturdays when you really don’t have to worry about the Dawgs. A * means it is the Game of the Day.
September 5 (Louisiana-Monroe)
Alabama vs. Wisconsin: Good early season test for the Crimson Tide.
*Auburn vs. Louisville: The Chick-fil-A Kick Off Game…can the Georgia Dome already be demolished about 4:00? At least the Louisville sideline? Louisville should have a good defense, so it will be a good test for Auburn’s retooled offense.
Texas A&M vs. Arizona State: Should be a lot of points here. Good opportunity for Chavis’ new defense.
September 26 (Southern)
UCF at South Carolina: Georgia should be Carolina; UCF won’t be a pushover. See how the Gamecocks respond.
Mississippi State at Auburn: Key early season game in the SEC West.
Texas A&M at Arkansas: If one of these teams wants to break through the glass ceiling, here is the first chance.
*Tennessee at Florida: Can Tennessee snap their skid? If Tennessee is ready to contend in the SEC East, here is their first litmus test. Florida is still down, but we will see how they do with a new coaching staff.
USC at Arizona State: I’ve seen USC be mentioned in Playoff discussions…this game might go a long way to decide the Pac-12 South.
UCLA at Arizona: See above.
October 24 (Bye)
Not a whole lot on the slate today…
Auburn at Arkansas: This will tell us if Arkansas is legit.
*Florida State at Georgia Tech: Tech already faces Notre Dame, North Carolina, Duke and Clemson. Florida State will have already faced off with Louisville and Miami (LOL). Key ACC game. It will be a good test for Justin Thomas.
November 21 (Georgia Southern)
Typically a weak Saturday, the weekend before Thanksgiving, but there are some good ones…
LSU at Ole Miss: LSU is my dark horse playoff team. LSU will either be playing for a spot, or fighting for Les Miles’ job.
Tennessee at Missouri: UGA will be out of SEC play at this point. Hopefully this game will be an afterthought and it won’t have any sort of implications other than for Bowl tiers, and Bulldog faithful won’t have to be scoreboard watching. But it probably will important.
*Michigan State at Ohio State: Huge game in the Big 10.
Michigan at Penn State: Chance for Harbaugh to get a signature win in the Big 10.
USC at Oregon: Potential Pac-12 Championship game, with even bigger implications.
TCU at Oklahoma: TCU and Baylor is the next week, but this one could decide the Big 12.