Week one has officially arrived, and ESPN College GameDay will be on in a matter of hours. So this is what it feels like to wake up on a Saturday morning knowing it’s going to be a huge day of college football. I almost forgot what that felt like.
Anyway, there are several notable games for today, including LSU-Oregon, Georgia-Boise State and Ole Miss-BYU.
Here are my predictions of the five top performers of the day in the SEC, in alphabetical order of course:
1. Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn
Auburn should beat Utah State rather handily, and the strength of this offense is no doubt in the running game. Dyer will not play the entire game because it should be in hand, but I fully expect offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to feed Dyer the ball and let him get back into rhythm in the running game. Dyer should finish with some big numbers, but quarterback Barrett Trotter may be the surprise in this one. I think he will put up some numbers as well.
2. Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
With the announcement of Connor Shaw getting the start over Stephen Garcia, there will be a steady dose of running back Marcus Lattimore in this one. Lattimore should run right through the East Carolina defense and take the load off for Shaw in the passing game. I think Lattimore has a bid day against a weak ECU defense.
3. Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
I think this is the year Alec Ogletree becomes a household name in the SEC. He has all the physical skills, and with his move from safety to linebacker, it tells me he will be involved in the pass rush when the defense is in the 3-4 scheme. Georgia will have to force Kellen Moore’s hand, and I expect Ogletree to be a rather big part of that game plan. I think he has a big day for this defense.
4. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Yeah, it’s okay to call me Captain Obvious in this pick. The massive Alabama offensive line should have a field day against Kent State. Richardson will get the bulk of the carries, and he will get off to a great start. Kent State was the fourth best rushing defense in the country last year, believe it or not, so I am looking forward to Richardson ripping this defense in two.
5. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
I think Tyler Wilson has a big, big day because I feel Bobby Petrino leaves him in a long time against Missouri State to get him comfortable and confident, and allow him to gain a little bit more experience. This will be Wilson’s coming out party with all that talent working together to make for a dynamic offense today. Wilson’s numbers will be rather crooked, I’d say.