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LCB Picks: SEC & VA Games of the Week

September 10, 2011

I had plans. Plans that consisted of previews for the SEC, NFL, and all of the D-1 college football teams that call Virginia home. These plans weren't that lofty. To be honest, with one dedicated afternoon, these could have become a reality. But life continued to get in the way and now all of these squads are foreign to me. Meaning all of the season previews would have been my crib notes of another writers' work and essentially useless. But now that we're one week deep, I am finally confident enough to tell you that Oregon can't match the speed and size of a top tier SEC team and that Virginia Tech could be in position to go the BCS National Championship the same season their most well known dog fighting alumnus will fall just short of the Super Bowl (just as long as they can get past those pesky Pirates of East Carolina).

Editors Note: This season, on top of the usual SEC picks, we will be picking the best games on the Virginia D-1 slate. We, as in the LCB, all spent our formative years in Virginia. So, we probably should have been doing this all along.



SEC Game of the Week
(3) Alabama v (23) Penn State @ 3:30 on ABC:
This game was picked for obvious reasons; it's Bama versus Penn State. It also happens to be the only SEC game with two ranked teams this week. I had the chance to watch a decent amount of both teams' games last week, enough to tell me Alabama will make it back-to-back seasons with wins over the Nittany Lions. Both teams played lesser opponents, Kent State for Alabama and Indiana State for Penn State. Both teams showed some weaknesses, most notably, behind center. Alabama's QBs combined for four interceptions, which would be a huge concern if they didn't have Trent Richardson and a top three defense. However, State's QBs struggled to recognize the defensive fronts and blitzes of Indiana State, a huge concern considering there not even considered an FCS power. Bama 33, PSU 20.


VA Game of the Week
Old Dominion v Georgia State @ Noon:

This really isn't that great of a match-up. Both teams are still in their infancy and building on their successes slowly but surely. However, I had to make this the pick game for a couple of reasons. First, Georgia State is coached by none other than Bill Curry. Yes, that Bill Curry. Secondly, Georgia State was forced to use a punter to fill their starting QB vacancy last week and their keeping with him. Thirdly, Georgia State plays in the Georgia Dome. Lastly, I go to Old Dominion. Now, let's expand on everything but my choice of college.

Bill Curry, seriously? The man has won a National Championship, coached in Super Bowls, and has whatever cache being an ESPN announcer brings. It boggles the mind that he isn't coaching somewhere on the FBS level, especially when this guy is still employed.

The punter/QB situation brings up even more questions. Does he still get to punt? Does he still wear a soccer cleat on his kicking foot? What are the chances in a third-and-long/shotgun formation situation that he accidentally punts the ball? I hope the answer to all these are yes, yes and 100%. As for the Georgia Dome. I'm not amazed they play there, after-all, they need somewhere to play. But I can't help but think how depressing this stadium must look with under 20,000 fans in the stands. It has to resemble a Marlins home game, right? Anyways, Old Dominion wins 28-17.

8 comments:

Teach said...

I'm with you on the 'Bama game. Also, either UGA or S.Car. could be left for dead in the SEC East after today, not mathematically, but for all intent and purposes--dead.

September 10, 2011 at 9:20 AM
Langston said...

Yeah, I probably should have added the USC-UGA game, but the sandman came a calling. If it makes you feel better, this is probably going to end up being the best game of the week. Vegas has USC at -3. I like Georgia with the upset, I just trust Aaron Murray more than Garcia. Even though Marcus Lattimore is maybe the best back in the country, I'm not sure he's that much better than Ealey. However, if Georgia struggles offensively and they lose today, I think Bobo gets the axe.

September 10, 2011 at 10:36 AM
Teach said...

Well, we don't have Ealey anymore. And Lattimore gives me nightmares. He was a monster in the game last year, especially b/c no one had really seen him play before that.

September 10, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Teach said...

also, did you hear Spurrier take a dig a little dig at Peyton on gameday just now?

September 10, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Langston said...

Sorry, I meant Crowell. Nah, I missed that part of Gameday, had to walk the dogs before the ODU game started. What did he say?

September 10, 2011 at 12:17 PM
Teach said...

Just nonchalantly threw in that the Gators used to always beat Peyton to start SEC season--no big deal. Old habits die hard.

September 10, 2011 at 1:10 PM
Teach said...

keep in mind the question was about the importance of the uga-s.car game

September 10, 2011 at 1:11 PM
Langston said...

I guess so, in his prime, he could talk with the best of 'em. My favorite being when responded to questions about the fire at Auburn's football dorm that destroyed 20 books: "But the real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet."

September 10, 2011 at 1:45 PM

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