UPDATED: Florida’s home game against Northern Colorado has been cancelled as the state prepares for Hurricane Irma. For more on state cancellations, see below.
Week Two’s SEC game of the week is a no-brainer since the only meeting between conference schools will take place when surprising South Carolina visits Missouri.
The Battle of Two Columbias promises to be a track meet after Mizzou scored 73 points last week but surrendered 43. Meanwhile, South Carolina may have the best pitch-and-catch combo in the league with quarterback Jake Bentley and receiver Deebo Samuel.
Early line favors Tigers by about a field goal, which is a good bet since this is a game that promises to be decided in the final seconds.
Meanwhile, the game that will draw greater national focus will be Georgia’s visit to South Bend, Indiana. The Bulldogs have only played Notre Dame once before, but it was the most memorable game in program history. Herschel Walker scored two touchdowns to lead Georgia to a 17-10 victory in the 1981 Sugar Bowl, securing the 1980 national title.
This weekend’s game isn’t quite that significant, but it does feature two ranked teams looking to make early season statements.
Georgia is ranked No. 15 and enters the game as a slight favorite over No. 24 Notre Dame. But that’s a questionable choice since the Bulldogs will start freshman Jake Fromm at QB after starter Jacob Eason sprained a knee last week in 31-10 win over Appalachian State.
The Irish had three players top 100 yards rushing last week in rout of Temple with Josh Adams gaining 161 yards, Dexter Williams s124 and Brandon Wimbush 106.
Florida cancels game
Florida’s game on Saturday against Northern Colorado has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled because the open dates for the two schools don’t align.
Other college football games in the state that have been cancelled include two ACC games, Miami’s trip to Arkansas State (primarily because of travel concerns) and Florida State’s home game against Louisiana Monroe. The next game those two state schools will play will be against each other on Sept. 16 in Tallahassee. Also, because of travel concerns the South Florida game at Connecticut has been cancelled and won’t be rescheduled despite being an American Athletic Conference contest. Earlier this week Memphis and Central Florida rescheduled their game for Friday, but had second thoughts on Thursday and cancelled the contest.
“As the Hurricane’s track has approached the state of Florida, it’s become obvious that playing a football game is not the right thing to do,” said Florida Athletics Director Scott Stricklin. “The focus of our state and region needs to be on evacuations and relief efforts. There is a tremendous amount of stress currently on the roads of this state, and the availability of gas, water and other supplies are at critical levels. Playing a college football game Saturday would only add to that stress.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
TCU at Arkansas, Saturday 3 p.m. CENTRAL, CBS
Indiana State at Tennessee, Saturday 3 p.m., SEC Network
South Carolina at Missouri, Saturday 6 p.m., ESPN2
Auburn at Clemson, Saturday 6 p.m., ESPN
Georgia at Notre Dame, Saturday 6:30 p.m., NBC
- Alabama (1-0): Last Week: W, vs. Florida State, 24-7. The Impact: With Fresno State up next, Crimson Tide get to knock off an FSU squad two weeks in a row.
- Auburn (1-0): Last Week: W, Georgia Southern, 41-7. The Impact: Gus Malzahn’s squad will provide first legit test for Clemson’s hopes of defending national title.
- Georgia (1-0): Last Week: W, Appalachian State. 31-10. The Impact: At least the trip to South Bend should get Bulldogs out of harm’s way of monster storm Irma.
- LSU (1-0): Last Week: W, BYU, 27-0. The Impact: Tigers displayed encouraging defensive discipline in shutout of BYU last week.
- South Carolina (1-0): Last Week: W, vs. N.C. State, 35-28. The Impact: Deebo Samuel gives Gamecocks a dangerous playmaker on offense and special teams, but is one enough?
6. Tennessee (1-0): Last Week: W, Georgia Tech, 42-41, OT. The Impact: Volunteers got lucky when Yellow Jackets gambled by going for early 2-point conversion in OT.
7. Florida (0-1): Last Week: L, at Michigan, 33-17. The Impact: Gators desperately in need of something positive to happen after finishing off a miserable first week with loss at Michigan. Now Hurricane Irma has cancelled what should have been a guaranteed win.
8. Kentucky (1-0): Last Week: W, at Southern Mississippi, 24-17. The Impact: Wildcats showed toughness in pulling off win at Southern Mississippi.
9. Arkansas (1-0): Last Week: W, Florida A&M, 49-7. The Impact: Razorbacks’ slow roll into season continues with home game vs. TCU.
10. Mississippi State (1-0): Last Week: W, Charleston Southern, 49-0. The Impact: Nick Fitzgerald accounted for 280 yards and 3 touchdowns in opener and defense pitched a shutout.
11. Texas A&M (0-1): Last Week: L, at UCLA, 45-44. The Impact: Aggies blew a 44-10 lead to UCLA and stud quarterback Josh “Chosen” Rosen.
12. Missouri (1-0): Last Week: W, Missouri State, 72-43. The Impact: Hard to get read on Tigers after their 72-43 basketball score against Missouri State.
13. Vanderbilt (1-0): Last Week: W, at Middle Tennessee State, 28-6. The Impact: Commodores should have little trouble improving to 2-0 and that’s a great start for any program.
14. Mississippi (1-0): Last Week: W, South Alabama, 47-27. The Impact: Still too many questions about Rebels’ defense after they struggled in opener.
(All times Central; projected winners in bold caps)
Eastern Kentucky at KENTUCKY, Saturday, 11 a.m., SEC Network
UT-Martin at MISSISSIPPI, Saturday, 11 a.m., SEC Network
CANCELLED: Northern Colorado at FLORIDA, Saturday 11 a.m., NO TV
Fresno State at ALABAMA, Saturday 2:30 p.m., ESPN2
TCU at Arkansas, Saturday 3 p.m., CBS
Indiana State at TENNESSEE, Saturday 3 p.m., SEC Network
Alabama A&M at VANDERBILT, Saturday 3 p.m., SEC Network
SOUTH CAROLINA at Missouri, Saturday 6 p.m., ESPN2
Auburn at CLEMSON, Saturday 6 p.m., ESPN
Nicholls State at TEXAS A&M, Saturday 6 p.m., ESPNU
Georgia at NOTRE DAME, Saturday 6:30 p.m., NBC
Mississippi State at LOUISIANA TECH, Saturday, 6:30 p.m., CBSS
Chattanooga at LSU, Saturday 6:30 p.m., SEC Network
LAST WEEK: 12-2