Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Football picksSeptember 5, 2012

One of the most interesting games of the weekend will happen in College Station, Texas. The Aggies come into this game looking to make an SEC statement. New to the league, Texas A&M is bound to be somewhat underrated in many instances this year. Florida is a team with a lot of name value, but the results have not been there over the last few years. They went 6-6 one season ago. They nearly lost at home to Bowling Green in week one. The message to college football fans – this is not your father’s Florida team or is it?

What do we make of Texas A&M. They have a lot of talent last season. Routinely favored during the year, the Aggies made a mess of the season. They even had a huge lead over Oklahoma State in the first half. They have to replace a QB that went in the first ten picks of the NFL draft. They have to replace a record-breaking receiver. They have to replace a couple of running backs. The Aggies do have some depth on offense, though. They have playmakers and they will score points under Kevin Sumlin.

Florida struggled to run the ball and they struggled to pass. The biggest problems were up front, where the offensive line just could not give them any time to pass. This could be a major problem against an Aggie team that really gets after the QB. This problem will be made worse by the fact that this game is being played in one of the country’s most hostile environments. Florida has to go across the country to play a tough game in a hotbed. The Texas A&M fans will be ready to give Florida a lot of noise. That could be a major problem for the Gators.

The Aggies have been installed as short favorites – 1.5 points to be exact – and the public has jumped all over Florida. We are not sure on who will win ( or cover the spread ) in this game but it sure will be  a fun game to watch come Saturday.

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Football picksSeptember 5, 2012

Georgia heads to Columbia to face off against a good Missouri team in week two. The Missouri Tigers will kick off their SEC tenure with an East matchup against a Georgia team that many people expect to win that division. So what can we expect in this game? Can we expect the Dawgs to roll over the Tigers in a night game on the road. The book makers have this one pegged with Georgia as a 2.5 point favorite. Those backing the Bulldogs might want to be careful, though, as this is the kind of spot where Missouri might just rise up.

What do we know about the Missouri Tigers? First, we know that the Tigers return a good quarterback and a lot of weapons on the outside. James Franklin is the QB and he represents a run-pass threat. A strong runner who often breaks tackles, Franklin can be one of the most frustrating men in the country to bring down. Even though the Tigers lost running back Henry Josey, they have plenty of guys to tote the mail in 2012. This is a very explosive offense with a good tight end and a reliable receiver in T.J. Moe.

Georgia returns its quarterback in Aaron Murray. The Bulldogs will have to replace their running game, but they have a lot of talent there, too. Georgia has some good, fast receivers and a defense that was underrated one season ago. They have been under the radar for a good chunk of the offseason, but Georgia is going to be a tough team to take down in 2012. Can they go into Missouri and win a tough game? That might be too much to ask.

Most SEC fans do not understand what they are getting into with Missouri and Texas A&M. Missouri has a nice atmosphere and the fans can get rowdy. The Tigers play good football at home, where they feed off of the energy of the crowd. This team ended its 2011 season by smacking down North Carolina in a bowl game. You should expect Missouri to carry that momentum into this game, pulling a relatively mild upset that people will make way too big a deal out of. Missouri is good and they will show that in this game. Georgia will have a good season, but they will drop this game.

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