Friday, September 27, 2013

Best Games for 9/28

Noon Game
Meh, to be honest none of the games at noon are that great. There's only about seven games for the noon slot and none of them are ranked match ups. If you want to see a ton of points scored, check out No. 11 Oklahoma State visiting West Virginia (ESPN). West Virginia has been struggling lately on both sides of the ball, so its pretty feasible that the Cowboys could put up 60 on them. Besides that, you can either watch No. 12 South Carolina take on UCF (ABC) or watch No. 15 Miami dismantle South Florida (WATCHESPN).

Afternoon Game
No. 6 LSU Tigers @ No. 9 Georgia Bulldogs (3:30 on CBS) 
This should be a really damn good game. For already the third time this season, Georgia will be taking on a team ranked in the top 10. The series has been fairly even since Richt and Miles started coaching each school, but the last time they met was in the SEC Championship game a couple years ago when LSU killed Georgia 42-10. This is going to be an interesting game because the traditional staple of each team, the defense, hasn't really developed for either team yet. Both are experiencing the growing pains of losing a bunch of talent and trying to plug in kids who haven't had a lot of playing time. I think LSU has the advantage on defense, but offense clearly goes to the Bulldogs who have a lethal tandem of running backs and a seasoned quarterback. Mettenberger has been playing well for LSU, but if Jeremy Hill and the running game can't get going to set up play-action, he might struggle. I think Murray gets his first true marquee victory of his career in this game and leads Georgia to victory in a close 31-27 game.

Evening Game
No. 21 Ole Miss Runnin' Rebels @ No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide (6:30 on ESPN)
I think that Ole Miss has a better chance of keeping this game close than more people are giving them credit for. Their offense is something that the Alabama defense better take seriously or they could find themselves on their heels. Their quarterback Bo Wallace has been able to eliminate the mistakes that he made frequently last year and has the ability to get the first down with his feet as well. He has skill players around him, specifically in receivers Laquon Treadwell and Donte Moncrief. Both are guys who sure handed and can get open easily while also being phenomenal down field blockers. Alabama's defense has looked very vulnerable in their small sample size this year. I think that their offense might have to carry the burden in this game as they did last week against A&M. Saban should be looking to get the ground attack going early, but if that is stifled he will put the ball into McCarron's hands more often like he did against the Aggies. The talent pool in the SEC West is closing, but Alabama still has what it takes to win this by a healthy margin, 35-24.

Night Game
No. 23 Wisconsin Badgers @ No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes (8:00 on ABC)
We're about to learn a lot from these two teams. Wisconsin has been steamrolling teams with the rush, averaging 350 yards per game. That is not good news for the young front seven of the defense which has yet to be truly tested in rush defense. Both James White and Melvin Gordon for Wisconsin are great runners who know how to read the blocks, hit the hole hard, and get down field for as many yards as possible. It is a formula that Wisconsin has followed for years which has usually yielded good results. For Wisconsin to win this game however, sophomore QB Joel Stave is going to need to step up and complete passes to someone other than Jared Abbrederis. If Badgers TE Jacob Pederson is out this week with injury, Abbrederis will be the leading the next receiver by 17 catches. Meanwhile, the Wisconsin defense is going to have their hands full whether Braxton or Guiton plays this week. The Buckeyes possess a stable of running backs that can produce what Gordon and White can but also have a more dynamic passing game. Evan Spencer, Philly Brown, and Devon Smith have all stepped their game up from last year. Wisconsin is going to find success on the ground no matter what the OSU defense does, but I think the the defensive line of the Buckeyes will pressure Stave enough that he forces the ball and throws a pair of picks. It will be a close one, so strap in. My prediction is Urban keeps the streak alive in a 33-24 victory.

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