Final Weekend Thoughts

Final Weekend Thoughts
August 29, 2012, 4:53 pm
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Time to take a look at some big games outside the SEC as we embark on the opening weekend of college football. There are some terrific match ups and some interesting debuts that will shape this week of play. Boise State at Michigan State-Many think the Broncos can run the table this year if they can upset the Spartans. Both teams lost great quarterbacks in Boise's Kellen Moore and Michigan State's Kirk Cousins. The Spartans are at home and have a physical defense. I think they could be a sleeper in the National race not Boise.Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech- Not only is this a league game but also a division game. The Hokies are an automatic 10 win team and Bud Foster has had his share of success versus Paul Johnson's offense. However, there a lot of confidence coming out of Atlanta and I'm not so sure Johnson doesn't have a wrinkle up his sleeve. This is a mild upset but let's take the Jackets on the road.Notre Dame vs. Navy- How about a little breakfast with the Irish as they take on a tough Navy offense. The key will be turnovers and quarterback play for Brian Kelly. He is too good a coach to let this one get away, I lime the Irish.Miami at Boston College- I have never in all my years in Florida had no clue on how good the Canes were going to be. This team is a complete mystery to me, but I have a hard time picking the offensively challenged Eagles. Here is the freshman to watch- Duke Johnson for the Canes. I covered him two straight years in the FHSAA Finals and he is flat out legit.
Upset Alert-Arizona taking on ToledoPenn State taking on OhioNebraska taking on Southern Miss
Around the SEC-Auburn is without its starting center versus Clemson, which is significant considering Kiehl Frazier is making his first career start. As you know Clemson is also without an offensive starter in playmaker Sammy Watkins. Keep an eye on the new defensive coordinators Brent Venables at Clemson and Brian Van Gorder for Auburn. Both units need upgrades to get where they want to be.The Da'Rick Rogers dismissal comes as no surprise to those in the "know". Dooley may have compromised the trust in the team keeping him as long as he did. However Rogerss issues seem to be a glaring problem in college athletics today. The SEC has lost some big time playmakers this season due to drugs. Marijuana or some type of synthetic weed has become way too prevalent with today's athlete. If this continues, I could see the NCAA or schools themselves tightening up drug policies for student athletes, and maybe even for recruits who are potential student athletes.I'm fascinated by the Alabama versus Michigan game. Greg Mattison was a friend of mine at Florida when he coached under Urban Meyer. He really know how to game plan and my gut tells me tells going to see if AJ McCarron can duplicate his BCS performance. He may not have the horses up front and likely will war r down, but dont be surprised if his defense hangs around for awhile against the best offensive line in the country.
I'm looking forward to seeing Urban Meyer's return as well as Mike Leach. I'm a biased fan for the Akron Zips as my buddy Terry Bowden reruns to the bags on the sideline. There is plenty for me to be excited about and hopefully you are too, college football is back and it's a new chapter of the greatest book in the world.

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