Ags are good, but still lacking the depth they need to win the whole thing. For example, they have a former two star starting at the left guard. Not much more depth, but they are not quite at the level of 'Bama in terms of talent yet.
Week One is here and the college football season kicks off tonight with a pair of primetime SEC affairs. Throughout the season we’ll provide you Game Preview capsules just as we did last year. Typically, they’ll arrive on Fridays, but with two Thursday kickoffs, well, here ya go…
North Carolina (0-0) at #6 South Carolina (0-0)
TV: ESPN, 6pm ET
Opening Line: USC -11.5
Current Line: USC -12
One To Watch: South Carolina RB Mike Davis. Davis is the man to replace Marcus Lattimore and if he can get the ground game going, it will take a lot of pressure off the Cocks’ passing attack.
This And That:
1. Last season, South Carolina averaged 38 carries and 131 yards per game rushing against 10 BCS-level foes. North Carolina allowed 164 yards per game and 20 rushing touchdowns in nine games against BCS-level opponents.
2. The Obvious… how many big plays can Gamecock DE Jadeveon Clowney make? In a tight game, all he needs is one big sack or one forced fumble to tilt things in USC’s favor.
3. Larry Fedora’s offense finished second in the ACC last year behind Clemson with a 485 yards-per-game clip. Will Steve Spurrier be lured into a shootout? His team’s strength has been its run game and its defense, so keep an eye on whether or not the Ol’ Ball Coach gives into temptation and starts airing things out.
Prediction: South Carolina 28, North Carolina 17
Ole Miss (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)
TV: ESPN, 9:15pm ET
Opening Line: VU -1.5
Current Line: UM -3
One To Watch: Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace. When Wallace is good, he’s very good. And when he’s bad, he turns the ball over enough to drive Hugh Freeze crazy. If Wallace doesn’t protect the football tonight it will be interesting to see how Freeze responds.
This and That:
1. Will the offseason rape case surrounding the Vanderbilt football team serve as a rallying point, allowing the team to take on an us-against-the-world demeanor. Or will we see a distracted football team tonight.
2. New Commodore starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels has a career 18-13 TD-to-interception ratio at Wyoming and Vanderbilt. Like UM’s Wallace, he’ll need to protect the football. But he’ll be without one of his best targets in suspended WR Chris Boyd.
3. How fast can the Rebels’ offense move? Vandy’s Franklin will be in the officials’ ears all night trying to make sure they allow everyone on the field — his guys, Freeze’s guys, and the refs — to get set before allowing UM to snap the ball.
Prediction: Ole Miss 27, Vanderbilt 21