Time: 7:45 p.m.
This game should be a treat to watch for several reasons. For one, it’s Missouri’s first SEC game since coming over from the Big 12 this off-season. Secondly, it’s still in the air how well the Tigers will be able to adjust to life in the SEC, but Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson may have gone off the deep end in making his predictions. When asked about the upcoming Georgia game, Richardson sparked controversy when he admitted that he didn’t watch the Georgia-Buffalo game last Saturday, adding “It’s like watching Big Ten football. It’s old man football.” Richardson went on to call out the entire SEC, claiming “If we execute nobody in this league can touch us. Period.” As if Georgia and its top-5 caliber defense weren’t already dying to properly welcome Missouri to the SEC, Richardson’s comments could have added an entirely new level of intensity to this game. Make sure to look out for Georgia’s Co-SEC Freshman of the Week running back Todd Gurley, and expect fireworks from the game as a whole on Saturday.
Washington at #3 LSU
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Washington squeaked by San Diego State last week, and will need to find a spark offensively if they want to stay in the game against the Bayou Bengals, who come off a 27-point blowout of North Texas. If Washington is to have any semblance of a chance to escape Death Valley with a win, it will be because of the play of quarterback Keith Prince, the exciting junior who made mincemeat of Baylor’s defense in the Valero Alamo Bowl last season. However, don’t expect much from the Huskies, as LSU and its dominant defense will likely steamroll them en route to a second straight perfect regular season.
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Due to Hurricane Isaac and the subsequent postponing of last week’s Louisiana Tech game, Texas A&M didn’t get the luxury of a tune-up game against an inferior opponent. Then again, Florida almost blew their own tune-up to Bowling Green last Saturday, so who knows what to expect in this SEC match-up. Florida finally has a set #1 at quarterback, naming Jeff Driskel the starter for this week’s game. On the A&M side, it will be interesting to see how redshirt freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel reacts to facing an incredibly fast and talented Florida defense in his first career start. If he can stay composed, A&M could have a legitimate shot at pulling the upset at Kyle Field.
Miami (FL) at #21 Kansas State
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Is The U finally back after years of dormancy? Probably not. But are they an exciting bunch to watch? Absolutely. Miami and freshman sensation Duke Johnson look to build on their 41-32 win over ACC foe Boston College, while Kansas State is fresh off a 51-9 plastering of FCS foe Missouri State. K-State quarterback Collin Klein is as gritty as they come, drawing comparisons to Tim Tebow. Keep an eye on him as he looks to exploit a Miami defense that gave up 537 total yards to Boston College. Both teams are loaded with young talent and can score in bunches, so this game could be every bit as thrilling as the 2011 meeting between these two teams that came down to game’s final play.