While we have already looked at three players to watch in week one, let’s now look at three good and interesting matchups in week one.
These matchups are not set up to be dominated by any one team, but they will be a true test, and they will present good matchups for the SEC in week one.
1. Kent State Rushing Defense vs. Alabama Rushing Offense
It’s true that Kent State is no powerhouse, but they performed very well as the fourth best team in the country in rushing defense in 2010. Kent State only gave up on average 97 yards per game, and they only gave up an average of 2.69 yards per carry. I don’t care who you play – those are gaudy numbers. Now, I’m in no way saying that Alabama will not be able to have their way with KSU; but rather we’ll get a glimpse at this Alabama rushing offense with Trent Richardson and this beastly offensive line in week one.
2. ECU Passing Offense vs. South Carolina Defense
The ECU Pirates, believe it or not, were ranked 8th overall in 2010 in passing offense, and they return their quarterback and 1,000-yard wide receiver. Junior quarterback Dominique Davis had a field day on offense last season, throwing for nearly 4,000 yards and 37 touchdowns. He did, however, throw 16 interceptions. I think this is a good measuring stick for how far the South Carolina defense has come in the off-season. I mean, let’s face it, the Gamecocks’ secondary was downright forgettable at times last year. They ranked in the bottom third of the SEC and were 97th in the country in pass defense. Stephon Gilmore and company better not take this ECU passing game for granted because they could be in for a surprise.
3. Oregon Offense vs. LSU Defense
This Oregon team plays fast, and their running backs are even faster. LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner are burners, and this LSU defense will be in for a very good challenge in game one. I think this LSU defense was better than Auburn’s a year ago, so it will be interesting to see how they fair against a veteran-led spread offensive team. LSU might not have a Nick Fairley in the middle of the defensive line, but they are an overall better defense. I am just looking forward to seeing what LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis has up his sleeve for this fast Oregon offense.
What other matchups are you looking forward to this weekend?