Tiger Tangents: A Look Ahead to Week One in the SEC

Justin Goar@@tigertangentsSenior Writer IMay 22, 2009

September's a long way away. But it will get here, and when it does there will be much rejoicing.

I thought it's really never to early to take a peek at the SEC matchups on the slate for the month of September. And maybe if I visualize them they will get here sooner. Right?

Sept. 5

Game of the Week

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech

At first glance, Alabama, coming off a 12-win season in 2008 might be poised to deliver a Hokie beatdown a la LSU in 2007 but as Lou Holtz's son Lee Corso says, "Not so fast my friend."

I don't think this game will be the clinic it was for Clemson a year ago. Frank Beamer and Bud Foster know their D and so does Nick Saban. You may think 10-10 halftime game is boring, but you'd be overlooking two defenses brutally punishing the opposing offense. The scoreboard might not get lit up in this one but anyone brave enough to be around the ball might.

I like the Tide in this one, but if I were a fan of the Red Elephants, I would worry about breaking in a new quarterback and some other key positions on the O-line against the defense the caliber of VT's. Of course, it's not like the SEC doesn't know their defense.

I hope this ends up a better game than the last two times the SEC met the ACC in the Georgia Dome (Bama vs. Clemson, LSU vs. Georgia Tech).


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Georgia at Oklahoma State

New UGA QB Joe Cox will be charged with moving the ball against the Cowboys. The boys from Stillwater are no strangers to moving the ball themselves with guys like Dez Bryant and Kendall Hunter.

This is a huge game for Oklahoma State. A win against a team the caliber of the Bulldogs would be a great step for the program. Maybe a step to "the next level."

I always like to see games that pit the SEC against neighbor conferences like the ACC and Big 12 (oops, I meant the Big XII).

We'll see if the Georgia defense can right the ship in which should be a cross conference thriller.


Hidden Gem

LSU at Washington

Ok, hear me out. Maybe this won't be much of a game when the Bayou Bengals head to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Huskies who were winless last year. But LSU will be starting a sophomore quarterback with minimal experience and breaking in new defensive coordinator John Chavis. Even though Jordan Jefferson may be a step in the right direction from Jarrett Lee last season and John Chavis certainly couldn't do any more harm than the co-coordinator experiment from a season ago they're still new. Right?

But seriously, one of my favorite things in the world is late night college football. There really isn't anything better than spending a whole day tailgating, watching football, and just when you think it's over, bam ... more football.

That's the role this game will fill on the first weekend as this one will kick off at 10:30 p.m. EST.

Don't Bother...

Charleston Southern @ Florida

Last year the Buccaneers scored 36 TD's during the entire season. This year, Florida may do almost one-third of that in this game. The good news for Gator fans is you get to tailgate and probably raise some kind of banner for some game y'all won last year. So have fun with that.

Also, you'll get a good look at your three-deep offense and defense. Buy a program.


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