Georgia @ South Carolina, 2:30 PM, CBS
Georgia came into 2018 with high expectations. Who could blame anyone from pitching the Bulldogs as potential champions? With a bevy of returning talent and Jake Fromm under center, Georgia should be heads and shoulders above the rest of the SEC East. However, its first true road test comes this weekend against South Carolina.
If Georgia is the cream of the crop, the Gamecocks are gaining quick. Junior quarterback Jake Bentley leads a strong South Carolina offense and may have the tools to overtake Georgia early in the season. With a 10-point spread in favor of Georgia, I am taking the Gamecocks to cover and, at very least, test Georgia.
Clemson @ Texas A&M, 6:00 PM, ESPN
Jimbo Fisher saw plenty of Clemson during his run at Florida State. Now, at Texas A&M, deja vu sets in as the Tigers visit the Aggies at Kyle Field Saturday in Fisher’s ninth straight season with a matchup against Clemson.
It is hard to get a feel for each team at this point in the season. In week one, both teams played FCS teams while allowing only seven points each. Trayveon Williams ran for a blistering 240 yards and three touchdowns, a number that the Aggies won’t be able to hit for the entire team against a stout Clemson defense. Trevor Lawrence, freshman QB for Clemson, will have a field day against the Aggie defense and will easily cover the 12-point spread.
USC @ Stanford, 7:30 PM, FOX
USC and Stanford have played some tough, back and forth games over the past several seasons. None, however, have been as potentially important as this season, when the two top-20 teams face off in prime time.
The Cardinals better be praying for a return of the Bryce Love fans knew and loved last season, as his 18 carries for 29 yards in Week One against San Diego State simply won’t cut it against the Trojans.
On the other side, JT Daniels better find a way to be a bit more efficient against Stanford. Don’t get me wrong, he threw better than 60 percent, but only one touchdown and 282 yards show that, in today’s college football landscape, Daniels may not be as ready as fans hoped. Still, take USC at +5 and make some money.
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