I am almost getting goosebumps thinking about the games this weekend, and even tonight. It has been a long time coming. but SEC football will finally begin their quest for six straight crystal balls.
There is a full slate this weekend to whet any fan's appetite, and even the cupcake games could worry some (like my Gamecocks against ECU).
What will LSU do without the bare knuckle brawlers?
Could Kent State take out Goliath?
Will an injury- and suspension-riddled Gamecock team lose to ECU?
Does Georgia even stand a chance against Boise?
Let's see what my crystal ball has to say...
If it weren't for being the first college football of the year, this would be a snoozer. However, Kentucky has lost a lot of everything from just one player... Randall Cobb.
I think this game will be much closer than expected in Nashville, but the Wildcats will save some SEC face at the end.
Final Score: Kentucky 21 - Western Kentucky 17
Dan Mullen's season kicks off with a road trip to Memphis, and no one will be sleeping on the Bulldogs this season.
A veteran-laden offense will score early and often against Tigers.
Final Score: Mississippi State 52 - Memphis 7
Auburn has lost half of their team for this season's journey as defending National Champions, but there are a lot of talented players still left behind.
Gus Malzahn is probably the best offensive coordinator around and will embarrass this Utah State team at Jordan-Hare.
Final Score: Auburn 35 - Utah State 3
Just kidding, this game was over when they pencilled it in the schedule for this year.
It will be interesting to see how the quarterback battle will play out and how many Kent players will run in the opposite direction from Mark Barron.
Final Score: Alabama 42 - Kent State 0
Could John Brantley finally show that he is a legit SEC quarterback? Probably, but they are playing FAU, not Alabama, and even I could torch them.
I also can't wait to see Will Muschamp finally stalk the sidelines as well.
Final Score: Florida 35 - FAU 10
Tyler Wilson and the stable of receivers at Arkansas will have a field day in their opener.
I am also interested to see how the running backs will look in the stead of injured Knile Davis.
Final Score: Arkansas 70 - Missouri State 17
I can't say enough about the enthusiasm that James Franklin has infused into this program.
I am also happy to see that Vanderbilt has chosen a winnable OOC game.
Final Score: Vanderbilt 28 - Elon 12
What will Bray bring for his sophomore campaign? I am guessing that he and the other 13 freshmen and sophomores starting for this year's squad will dismantle this team in a hurry.
My concern for the team that Lane Kiffin destroyed is how many points this defense will allow.
Final Score: Tennessee 45 - Montana 28
I am not gonna lie and tell you that this game doesn't scare me. Doninique Davis and this passing attack is unreal, and the Gamecocks are horrendously depleted in their secondary heading into this matchup.
However, the Gamecocks will be able to drop extra defenders into coverage early once they shut down the undersized running back corp from ECU.
Plus, Spurrier has a 19-game winning streak for openers on the line.
Final Score: South Carolina 45 - ECU 21
This won't be that big of an upset because Ole Miss will be terrible this year much like last season.
This team lost to Jacksonville last year, and the sad days in Oxford will continue on Saturday.
Final Score: BYU 38 - Ole Miss 13
This will be a big disappointment for SEC fans because Kellen Moore and the Broncos are going to curb stomp the Bulldogs.
This will be the start of a two-game farewell tour of CMR as the head coach of the Bulldogs, because the heat will be too much to handle after a loss between the hedges to South Carolina the following week.
Final Score: BYU 38 - Georgia 17
Oregon will get revenge on the SEC, but it's a few months late showing up to the party.
LSU has way too many problems in the locker room to contend, but this is not the end of the world losing the OOC matchup. They will still contend in the West following this loss.
Final Score: Oregon 28 - LSU 27