Good day, UGA. Welcome to your one-stop shop for UGA football news and takes every Monday through Friday morning. Today, without a Georgia game to analyze, we take a look at some of the big games this weekend.
Considering the stress brought on by Georgia’s last three games, I’m guessing many of you can use a weekend break from the Bulldogs. Most weeks, if you’re like me, you spend the hours before kickoff stressing about what will happen in the game, the hours during the game stressing about what is happening and the hours after the game stressing about what has happened. And that’s when the Dawgs win.
With all that going on, it can be hard to pay attention to all the excellent college football happening. This week, however, we receive a break from the stress and get to enjoy football from a neutral perspective. … Who am I kidding? If it’s an SEC game, there’s a good chance you hate one, and possibly both, teams playing.
If you’re planning to spend your Saturday watching college football, I’ve rounded up what’s expected to be the best game in each time slot.
Noon ET — N.C. State (+19) at No. 7 Louisville
The Wolfpack took Clemson to the brink last week, only missing the huge upset by a whiffed 33-yard kick as time expired. There’s a chance they can push the ACC’s second-best team to the limit, too. And even if they can’t, it’s never a waste of time to watch Lamar Jackson play football.
3:30 p.m. ET — No. 6 Texas A&M (+18.5) at No. 1 Alabama
The Aggies will have as good a shot as any team this season to knock off the ‘Bama juggernaut, but so far this season the Tide has looked nigh unbeatable. Alabama is playing fantastic football this season, even by the Tide’s lofty standards. If you can somehow stop Alabama’s dominant run game, defense and special teams will beat you. Alabama has 11 nonoffensive touchdowns this season, as many as the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in that category (Houston and Pittsburgh) combined and more than South Carolina’s offense.
6 p.m. ET — No. 17 Arkansas (+10) at No. 21 Auburn
One of these two teams shouldn’t be ranked, which will likely be the case after one of them loses this game. A few weeks ago, I would have picked the Razorbacks, but the Tigers have looked strong since the two early losses to Clemson and A&M, two really good teams. The Auburn defensive line is lights out, and Jordan-Hare should be rocking for the early evening kickoff. If this game is anything close to the four-overtime classic these teams played last season, we’re all in for a real treat.
9 p.m. ET — Mo. 23 Ole Miss (+6.5) at No. 25 LSU
Ed Orgeron has the Tigers humming. And, in retrospect, the two losses that got Les Miles fired weren’t as bad as we first expected. Wisconsin and Auburn are much better than we thought when the season began. Ole Miss, meanwhile, is backed into a corner following the loss to Arkansas last weekend. It needs a win here to keep its season from getting out of hand with games to follow against Auburn and at Texas A&M. Ole Miss stands a chance, but c’mon. Do you really wanna bet against LSU playing in Death Valley on a Saturday night?
Roll out of your office this afternoon like …
- Kirby Smart said he’s “accepting” of criticism aimed at him and that it’s just part of the job.
- What do the struggles this season mean for the big picture for Georgia as a program?
- They’re talking about how to think of Georgia in the long term over at DawgSports, too.
- Tyler Catalina’s family makes the long trip from Massachusetts to see him play every week.
- Speaking of family affairs, Emily Giambalvo of the Red & Black has a story on the Frix family, Georgia’s long-snapping dynasty.
- Former Georgia linebacker Tim Kimbrough declares for the 2017 NFL Draft.
Bronco Nagurski didn’t get no bye weeks …
And now he’s dead.
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— Billionaires (@BiIlionaires) October 20, 2016
Until next week, folks. Enjoy the bye!