Is anybody happy to see game week besides us?  There’s been enough projecting, ranking and bio-writing in the SDS office.  We want to see dudes hit each other.

There are several good games that highlight the week one slate in the SEC.


Texas A&M at South Carolina
6 p.m. EST, SEC Network

I feel sorry for the Aggies.  A conference road game against a top-1o team.  Big-game Brent, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor will open the college football season on Thursday night from Columbia for us.

Boise St. vs. Ole Miss
8 p.m. EST, ESPN

This is an underrated game.  Two former Arkansas St. head coaches in Bryan Harsin and Hugh Freeze face off at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.  Fun fact: Ole Miss is the only team to never have played in the Georgia Dome yet.  That ends on Thursday night.

Temple at Vanderbilt
9:15 p.m. EST, SEC Network

The second matchup in the SEC Network’s inaugural doubleheader features Derek Mason’s debut at the Commodore head coach.  The Owls descend on Nashville to take on a Vanderbilt program coming off consecutive nine-win years and bowl wins.


UT-Martin at Kentucky
12 p.m., SEC Network

The Wildcats get the SEC slate kicked off on Saturday.  Mark Stoops and UK fans are simply hoping for improvement this season, and they should get an easy W against Martin.

West Virginia vs. Alabama
3:30 p.m. EST, ABC/ESPN2

This is an intriguing game.  Dana Holgerson’s Mountaineers have underperformed since his arrival in Morgantown, and everyone wants to see how Nick Saban and Lane Kiffin handle the quarterback situation for the Crimson Tide.

South Dakota St. at Missouri
3:30 p.m. EST, ESPNU

The defending SEC East champions will open against a tough FCS opponent, but should get the win nevertheless.  Mizzou lost some talent on both sides of the ball and has not gotten a ton of love this preseason.

Arkansas at Auburn
4 p.m. EST, SEC Network 

Another conference game to open the season on the SEC Network.  Arkansas may be improved, but will not compete in the SEC West.  Auburn should have a huge game with their new talent on the offensive side of the ball.

Clemson at Georgia
5:30 p.m. EST, ESPN

This was the marquee matchup in week one of 2013, and will still be a great game to see on Saturday.  The Tigers lost a lot of talent at the skill positions, and Georgia is stacked at running back and wide receiver.  It’ll be interesting to watch both fifth-year senior quarterbacks dual it out.

Idaho at Florida
7 p.m. EST, ESPNU

Idaho’s awful, and the Gators were last year.  This is a game you can stand to miss.

Southern Miss at Mississippi State
7:30 p.m. EST, SEC Network 

The Bulldogs and Golden Eagles are renewing their series, and it’ll be the first chance we have to see Dak Prescott, who a lot of analysts and pundits are loving on this preseason.

Wisconsin vs. LSU
 9 p.m. EST, ESPN

This is the best game of the weekend for the SEC.  LSU is young, but has loads of talent and Wisconsin boasts a Heisman contender in running back Melvin Gordon.  This will be fun one from Houston.


Utah St. at Tennessee
7 p.m. EST, SEC Network 

Butch Jones’s team opens the year on Sunday night as the Aggies of Utah St. come calling to Rocky Top.  Analysts are everywhere on the Vols, from 6-6 and a bowl to 4-8.  We’ll see what Butch Jones does in year two.