We’re off to a very nice 11-1 start to the year…
- Pre-game: “Jack Crowe returns to Arkansas, but this trip won’t go well either. Tyler Wilson and Knile Davis will explode on the Gamecocks as the new Razorback receivers get up to speed.”
- Post-game: The Hogs come away with a big win, but also have big worries about their defense.
LSU 41, North Texas 14 [Prediction: LSU 49, North Texas 0]
- Pre-game: “Hurricane Isaac caused the Tigers to miss some practice time this week, but, if truth be told, they could’ve skipped the whole week of practice and still win. Zach Mettenberger will look like everybody’s all-American as the Tigers squash the Mean Green.”
- Post-game: The Mean Green delivered a vicious hit to Mettenberger, but otherwise the Tigers weren’t threatened.
Ole Miss 49, Central Arkansas 27 [Prediction: Ole Miss 20, Central Arkansas 10]
- Pre-game: “I didn’t know for sure Central Arkansas had a football team, but apparently they do and apparently they are playing the Rebel Black Bears this weekend. Enjoy it RBBs because this is one of three wins you’ll get to celebrate this year.”
- Post-game: Like I said, enjoy it while you can, Rebs.
Mississippi State 56, Jackson State 9 [Prediction: Mississippi State 36, Jackson State 7]
- Pre-game: “The Bullies will pound the Jackson State Tigers as a warm up act for their game with the Auburn Tigers next week.”
- Post-game: Yawn.
Florida 27, Bowling Green 14 [Prediction: Florida 49, Bowling Green 0]
- Pre-game: “In this match-up of teams that Urban Meyer used to coach the Gators will roll, but the big question is whether Jacoby Brissett or Jeff Driskel will play better. The loser of the battle may start hunting a sick relative before looking to transfer.”
- Post-game: The sphincters of Gator nation were tight for most of Saturday.
Georgia 45, Buffalo 23 [Prediction: Georgia 66, Buffalo 0]
- Pre-game: “I’m sure this game sounded much better back when Turner Gill coached at Buffalo.”
- Post-game: The Bulls actually tested the vaunted UGA defense. Oh well, I guess that’s why some Georgia bloggers don’t like including out-of-conference stats in their work.
Missouri 62, Southeast Louisiana 10 [Prediction: Missouri 35, Southeast Louisiana 10]
- Pre-game: “Mizzou opens their first season in the SEC by playing a directional Louisiana school. Sounds about right.”
- Post-game: Yawn, part II.
Louisville 32, Kentucky 14 [Prediction: Louisville 24, Kentucky 14]
- Pre-game: “Louisville plays Kentucky this weekend. Does anybody care? Not unless it’s a basketball game. In what will be a good test for both teams to start 2012, the Cards will pass and the Cats will flunk.”
- Post-game: A listless season begins for the Cats.
Tennessee 35, N.C. State 21 [Prediction: N.C. State 28, Tennessee 27]
- Pre-game: “This game is huge for UT. Win and the stage is set for the Vols to take a big step forward in 2012. Lose and Derek Dooley’s already sparse bandwagon continues to empty.”
- Post-game: Folks, I blew it on UT. Not just for this game, but for the whole season.
South Carolina 17, Vanderbilt 13 [Prediction: South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 17]
- Pre-game: “This is a tough way for Steve Spurrier’ Gamecocks to open the year. Vandy has momentum building and an upset win isn’t out of the picture. This game won’t be easy, but South Carolina has too much talent in the end.”
- Post-game: One bad call was likely the difference in this one. Marcus Lattimore looked good, but Connor Shaw gets banged up.
Clemson 26, Auburn 19 [Prediction: Clemson 27, Auburn 14]
- Pre-game: “Is Clemson’s psyche destroyed after giving up 70 points in the Orange Bowl? I guess we’ll find out. Despite playing without receiver Sammy Watkins, CU should have more than enough fire power to handle Auburn in Dabo Swinney’s personal Iron Bowl.”
- Post-game: The 2012 Auburn defense picks up where the 2011 version left off; Clemson churned out 91 plays for 528 yards.Roll Dabo.
Alabama 41, Michigan 14 [Prediction: Alabama 20, Michigan 14]
- Pre-game: “On paper, the Tide should pound the Wolverines into submission, but in reality the game will close. Though their defensive line is out-manned, an experienced Michigan secondary could create red zone problems for the Tide offense.”
- Post-game: World, meet T.J. Yeldon.