Game 1: Georgia Tech @ Miami
Line: Miami -6
This is a chance for both teams to prove that they are for real. Georgia Tech had high
expectations this pre-season, but is coming off a win at home vs. Clemson where they blew
a big first half lead. Georgia Tech did win the game 30-27, but needs to pay attention and fix
what they did wrong in the second half.
I say take Miami to cover the -6. The Canes are for real.
Game 2: Nebraska @ Virginia Tech
Line: Virginia Tech -5
These two teams played last year at Nebraska and Virginia Tech was able to win then
by a final score of 35-30. This years game moves across the country to Blacksburg, Virginia.
Nebraska is a team that in week three still does not know how good or bad they really are as
they have faced two weak opponents. They have been able to hold their opponents to a total
of 12 points combined, so the blackshirts defense looks to be back, but again, they have not
really been challenged as of yet.
Virginia Tech has played two much more high caliber opponents and come into this game with
a 34-24 loss at #4 Alabama, and a 52-10 win over Marshall. Virginia Tech has shown that its
offense can score points, even against one of the top defenses in the country (Alabama).
The Hokies will be playing their second big time game of the year while The Cornhuskers
are playing just their first viable opponent.
Given that this game is at Virginia Tech and that The Hokies know much more about themselves
than the Cornhuskers, I expect Virginia Tech to win and cover the spread of -5. Nebraska is on
its way back, but is just not quite there yet.
Game 3: Tennessee @ Florida
Line: Florida -30
There is not much to preview here as its pretty obvious that The Gators are much better than
The Vols. However, Lane Kiffin has brought lots of attention back to Tennessee by continuously
having something to say, mostly targeting Florida, makeing it interesting to see just how many
points Florida looks to put on the board. Urban Meyer has been known to run up the score
and given some of Kiffin’s pre-season comments, we can expect Meyer to do just that.
One thing to note, although Tennessee seems to have no chance to even cover the spread
in this game, let alone win, their defense has actually done better, statistically, against both
the pass and the run while playing much more formidable opponents than The Gators in the
first two weeks of the season. Of course this could be attributed to the fact that The Gators
played weak teams and basically sleep-walked through the second half of each game.
Although I would love to see The Volunteers keep this close, I do not see that happening.
Look for The Gators to make every effort to score as many points as they can.
Vol’s fans, I think Lane Kiffin has a bright future. His recruiting ability will be able to challenge
Urban Meyer in the coming years. Having Ed Orgeron on his staff, a guy who recruited all the
talent on the current Ole Miss roster that ranks 5th in the AP Poll (read the book Meat Market
for more on Ed Orgeron) will also be a key to this programs return. These two will go out and
recruit a ton of talent in the next couple years and I expect Tennessee to be back soon.
See below for a great report from ESPN Outside The Lines to give you an inside look at
Tennessee. Here you can see the comments Kiffin has made over the course of the spring,
most targeted at Florida. It also shows how Kiffin is in the locker room and how his players
enjoy playing for him, and coaches enjoy working under him.
Kiffins main problem may be that his way of going about his job brings more attention to himself
resulting in being more of a target for accusations and investigations. Kiffin will have to tone it
down in the future, but continue his hard work ethic.
Florida State @ BYU
The line: BYU -7
Is BYU for real? Their tough out of conference schedule continues and this game will show
that the win over Oklahoma was not a fluke.
BYU wins and covers the -7 spread.
Texas Tech @ Texas
The line: Texas -17.5
Last years match-up was a classic that Tech won in the final seconds. Unfortunately for The
Red Raiders, the stars on offense from the 2008 team have moved on and this years game
moves to Austin. This will be the first test for both teams and I expect a high scoring duel
that will end with a Texas victory.
Texas wins, but take The Red Raiders to cover the 17.5 spread.