The Rebels are averaging around 74 points in their first two games this year. Yes, Alabama is favored, but only by one touchdown. In week two, the Cardinal needed a gimmick to spark the offense.
Yomtov: For me, it’s about whether or not the Rebels’ offensive line can do enough to help the running game. Though Alabama’s secondary is suspect, you don’t want to get into a one-dimensional game against the Tide.
Saturday will be the biggest test for Kelly and the Rebels offense. Kelly has a absolute howitzer for an arm, giving the team a deadly vertical passing game that it has lacked in recent years. How do you see this one shaking out? FILE – In this Saturday, September 12, 2015, file photo, BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum, right, celebrates on the sidelines in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Boise State in Provo, Utah. Their ability to pump out NFL-quality talent year after year is unmatched, really. I’m still picking LSU to win, mainly because I don’t think LSU is capable of winning by more than one score. The one thing that will stop BYU though is the rest of their schedule. And, two of this week’s marquee games are SEC contests. And making those reads, Quinn said, are where his inexperience has shown. Last week’s hero DeShone Kizer starts at QB for the injured Zaire and one of several tight ends looking for his first college catch takes over for the injured Durham Smythe. But UCLA is better equipped to win.
For the third week in a row, we have a while to wait until Florida takes the field on this college football Saturday; the Gators don’t play until 7:30 p.m. Eastern when they will open conference play on the road against Kentucky (on SEC Network).
Auburn at LSU (3:30 p.m., CBS): Can Auburn rebound after its embarrassing near-loss to FCS Jacksonville State last week?
It has been an interesting and insane first two weeks of college football. The Tigers are fine. I believe the Razorbacks bounce back and pick up the win, but I don’t think they are going to convinve people this team is the same dark horse so many believed them to be.
Stanford bounced back from its tough loss to Northwestern with a complete win over Central Florida. Sophomore running back Leonard Fournette carried LSU to a 21-19 win at Mississippi State last week when he ran for 159 yards and three touchdowns, and he should get plenty of touches again this week against a leaky defense that just gave up 161 rushing yards last week against Jacksonville State.
Chubb will dominate South Carolina and continue his emergence as a Heisman candidate. Looks like A&M was severely overlooked this preseason compared to some other SEC West “powers”. And that’s why it’s critical to win the big home games if a team expects to make it to Atlanta. We’re starting to see the fruit of Mark Stoops’ recruiting labor, and finally ending a 28-game losing streak is the flawless way to put the wide-open East on notice. Many remember the Rudy moment when Rudy came into the game and sack the Georgia Tech quarterback on the final play of the game.
Oh, and be ready for a TV salute to Rudy – it’s the 40th anniversary of the game where Notre Dame walk-on Rudy Ruettiger got in a game against Georgia Tech, inspiring the 1993 film “Rudy”. The 4th quarter of the LSU game showed that Dak Prescott won’t let this team flounder like many thought they would.
That’s because Georgia Tech’s offense is almost as unique as it is effective. They were upset as double-digit favorites earlier this year, and they’re all but eliminated from the national conversation, but that doesn’t mean their season is over. While Georgia Tech is good, it’s the injuries, not the Yellow Jackets the Irish have to overcome.
Auburn’s defense has allowed 843 yards, but the Tigers still have a pair of seven-point wins.