Game of the week
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
South Carolina at Georgia
The Bulldogs’ SEC title hopes aren’t on the line, but perhaps their national championship quest is. After last week’s Clemson loss, Georgia can’t afford to start 0-2 and stay in the national picture. All eyes will be on Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney after last week’s breathless (as in out of breath) performance against North Carolina.
Upset of the week
Notre Dame over Michigan
The Irish won this game last season for the first time since 2008, when Charlie Weis was the coach, and bid for consecutive victories for the first time since 2005. Both teams were solid in overwhelming opponents last week. The Wolverines put up record numbers against Central Michigan, but the Irish defense is another matter entirely. Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns against Temple last week. Look for the Irish to emerge from a low-scoring game.
Others to watch
Florida at Miami (Fla.)
It’s the first meeting in five years. Florida’s defense appears to have picked up where it left off last year, and it will need to be tough against the Hurricanes’ Duke Johnson, who rushed for 186 yards in 19 carries last week against Florida Atlantic. The game turns on Miami’s defense. Is it capable of keeping Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel from controlling the game.
West Virginia at Oklahoma
Last year’s game featured 99 points with Landry Jones and Geno Smith battling at quarterback. This time, its Trevor Knight for the Sooners and Paul Millard for the Mountaineers in the Big 12 opener. Last week, their teams combined for 58 points in season-opening victories.
On the horizon: Sept. 14
UCLA at Nebraska
Huskers seek to avenge last year’s loss in Rose Bowl
Alabama at Texas A&M
The game everybody wants to see
Mississippi at Texas
Rebels with a cause in Austin
| Blair Kerkhoff, firstname.lastname@example.org