Week 1 2013 is an out-of-conference extravaganza


Ninety percent of every SEC non-conference game lives in the first week. The conference lineup is fantastic, and it’s going to be hard for the media to figure out which game they will actually see and hard for the fans to watch all of them.

Nonetheless, it’s a very sexy non-conference extravaganza:

Georgia at Clemson

QB Battle: Two Heisman-worthy quarterbacks return for their senior season to chase a conference championship and national championship. A loss virtually eliminates either from a national championship berth.

Alabama vs. Virginia Tech (Atlanta)

Chick-fil-A Bowl: VT senior quarterback Logan Thomas returns in time to clash with #1 Alabama in his final opening game of his final season. The Tide are trying to further cement their dynasty with another run at a national championship and make it four of the last five.

LSU vs. TCU (Arlington)

Battle of the three syllable teams: LSU and TCU will try and muster enough offense in the house that Jerry built for his beloved Cowboys. LSU lost 10 underclassmen to the draft, while TCU returns nine of 11 on their defense.

North Carolina vs. South Carolina

A Border Battle: The battle of the Carolinas will be a dandy of a game, with two offensive-minded head coaches in Steve Spurrier and Larry Fedora. This is a big-time bragging rights game, not to mention an ACC-SEC throwdown.

Mississippi State vs. Oklahoma State (Houston)

A Recruiting Battleground: MSU and OSU recruit Texas all the time, and each will get to further their brand in one of the Texas’ biggest cities and most fertile recruiting grounds. MSU has a chance to pull an early-season shocker.

Kentucky at Western Kentucky

An in-state rivalry: Why is this game awesome? Well, Bobby Petrino now coaches WKU, and he’ll be coaching against Kentucky – the program that should have hired him.

Washington State at Auburn

Offensive Pioneers: Mike Leach always makes for an interesting game, and combined with Gus Malzahn, we have two offensive-minded head coaches who love to keep their foot on the gas pedal. Leach will throw it 100 times, and Malzahn will run it to match him.

Other week-one games:

  • Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
  • Rice at Texas A&M
  • Austin Peay at Tennessee
  • Murray State at Missouri
  • Toledo at Florida
  • Louisiana-Lafayette at Arkansas
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  • I could easily see UGA losing to Clemson and still having a shot at the Natty if they run the SEC table. The sooner a loss comes in the season, the sooner the polls forget about it. Not that I want that to happen. But, since there’s a good chance gameday will be there…

  • Hopefully Murray’s last college season will be his best. If Murray, Bennett, Mitchell and Gurshall are all healthy and on their game, we should just need the defense to be decent in order to win…

  • @ Clemson, USCe and LSU in the 1st four weeks…gonna be tough month.

  • South Carolina playing on Thursday night again…

  • Really Florida…Toledo?

  • LSU had better not sleep on TCU. That team has the opposite of the Tiger’s problem. They are returning 19 or 20 starters.

  • Wow, what a great week 1! Ole Miss vs Vandy should be a great game… two teams trying to claw their way up in the SEC. I’ll be on upset alert for both Florida/Toledo and UL-Lafayette/Arkansas. Toledo is from the giant-killing MAC, beat a couple of pretty good teams last year, and kept it close in all but the final game of the season. If those FLA players waltz in expecting to waltz out with a win, there’s a good chance Toledo could shock them. UL-Lafayette has an incredible coach in Mark Hudspeth and has been a dangerous team for the past couple of years. Playing an Arkansas team that was nothing short of dreadful last year and will be trying to get used to a new coach/system, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see those Ragin Cajuns walk away with their first win of the year.

    • ouch, hope you are wrong about the pigs. Hudspeth is great, but there is a renewed focus in Fayetteville. We are exporting citizens to Alabama and importing new citizens from FL, TX, and CA. Seems the blatherers go well with the RTR crowd and they are probably cousins anyway. Look for bulldozer linemen and defensive secondary players to excel in the Ozarks.

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