Ohio State at Michigan State: Mark Dantonio really hopes the passing game will get going. Le’Veon Bell, checking his NFL odometer with 129 touches and a game to play in September, would hope so as well. This is a big game perception-wise for Michigan State, hoping to make some headway recruiting in Ohio. Both offenses face defenses that can shut them down. The question, really, is whether you like Michigan State to gut it out at home or Braxton Miller to pull out a rabbit. Unrelated but interesting, Ohio State plans to play not one but two viable opponents in non-conference play every year. It is sad that seems revolutionary.
Tennessee at Georgia: If Georgia plays to its potential for four quarters, this could be a rough day for Tennessee. The Vols’ defense, 79th in yards allowed per play against FBS, has to cope with Heisman contender Aaron Murray and a pair of first-class freshman running backs (Isaiah who?). The Vols’ offense has to cope with Jarvis Jones and the Bulldog’s confusing blitz packages out of the 3-4. Georgia’s unit has not been dominant statistically so far, though getting Alec Ogletree and Bacarri Rambo back will be a huge lift. Tennessee will need to hope Georgia gets caught looking ahead to South Carolina.
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