Game Week is finally here!

Game Week is finally here!
August 26, 2012, 1:36 pm
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The off season is now over and we have reached Game Weekfor college football. I will never forget those words from my playing days atFlorida. When camp was finally over coaches, players even trainers would yellout Game Week with their own personality the Monday before the first game.The tempo changes and the sense of urgency kick's in. Believe it or not thenext 12-13 weeks seem to fly by as a player and a coach. The focus is on thatweeks game only bring about the coach speak we all love and know play thenext play-we are only worried about this weeks opponent! My usual lineup each week will be SundayMonday review theweekends action and then WednesdayThursday I will preview the action. As forTalkin SEC Football on CSS this week we preview all the SEC Football games onWednesday night (check your local listings) and for the first time this fall webreak them down on Sunday night with our re-cap show at 8pm eastern. Lets get right to the SEC games this week,we also will throw in some thoughts on big games around college football eachweek.
South Carolina atVanderbilt- Marcus Lattimore returns and Steve Spurrier will not hesitateto load him up to get a victory. This is a very dangerous game for theGamecocks heading to a sold out Commodore stadium. Connor Shaw was a 75 passerlast season in the 4th quarter, I do think he will have to throw somefor Carolina to win. James Franklin will pull out all the stops in this one andJordan Rogers will be on a short leash. He must do a better job of taking careof the football.North Carolina Statevs. Tennessee- The hits just keep coming for Derek Dooley with thesuspension of DaRick Rogers. He has been a major headache for Dooley and hemight have lost his team a bit by keeping him around. The Vols need to run theball better this year than 2011. They also need to play better defense againstelite teams. A lot of folks in ACC country think this could be a really goodWolfpack team. Recent history tells us Tom OBriens teams start slow but thisgame is huge for the program.Clemson vs. Auburn-TheTigers received some unpleasant news this past weekend when starting centerReese Dismukes was arrested and suspended by Gene Chizik. This is troublingconsidering the level of the week one opponent and the fact that you have put anew offense in on the Plains. The pro-style attack will feature more calls bythe center and now new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler will have to adjust. Kiehl Fraziergets the start so expect plenty of run wrinkles in the Tiger game plan. Clemsonwill be without terrific receiver Sammy Watkins.
Michigan vs. Alabama-Thiswill be a fascinating game to watch, because Brady Hoke has really turnedMichigan around and Alabama lost so many name players from last yearschampionship team. I am in the majority in thinking Saban will re-load, but youhave to think this is a difficult week one opponent. Denard Robinson can be abit of a headache for an athletic defense like Bamas. The Tide wants him to throwthe ball if at all possible. The running game needs to get on track to for theCrimson Tide to repeat. The offensive line at Alabama is the best in thecountry.The Rest of the SEC-Texas A&M-New coach, new offense, new league and a road game on a Thursday night againsta dangerous opponent. Sonny Dykes, head coach Louisiana Tech knows Sumlinssystem and has a good offense himself. Johnny Manziel makes first start for theAggies.Georgia-The Dogswill look to prime the pump on the run game as they get ready for a road tripto Missouri. The defense will dominate so the three things to watch are 1.Running Back 2. Receiver 3. Cornerback.Florida-TheGators must generate some offense in 2012. One thing that can help the offenseis the defense creating turnovers and a short field. Florida was minus 14 lastyear in turnover margin. Keep an eye on Mike Gillislee; he will have a bigseason at running back.Arkansas- Thisgame is all about John L. Smith and the return of Knile Davis. Davis is the keyto beating the elite teams in the West as well as a much improved defense. LSU-The Tigers are loaded but all the focus will be on the quarterback position and Zach Mettneberger. It would serve him well to get off to fast start, but expect the Tigers to still focus on the ground attack to put away lesser opponents.Mississippi State-Dan Mullen has had to deal with some off the field distractions and you wonderwhat that could do to the program long term. Tyler Russell is going to put upbig numbers for the Bulldogs this year.Ole Miss- HughFreeze needs his offense to be different and faster than years past if theyare going to be competitive. Tempo is the key in oxford as they try to get offto a fast start no pun intended.Missouri- JamesFranklin returns from offseason surgery so keep and eye on this talentedquarterback for the Tigers. He is the leading returning total offensive leaderin the conference. The Tigers need to find some running backs to compliment thespread attack.Kentucky- JokerPhillips said this past week to Kentucky fans Either your with us or againstus! If they lose to Louisville the against us crowd will grow larger. DoesMaxwell Smith have a supporting cast?

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