Welcome to Week 7 of the college football season!
There are a couple of unfamiliar faces in the Top 4 of the college football AP poll, and I like it. The Georgia Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the country for the first time since 1982. If not mistaken that was the Herschel Walker Heisman campaign. They were ranked No. 1 in the 2008 preseason poll, but were bumped in the rankings after Week 1 despite winning.
Rounding out the Top 4, an impressive defensive football team in the Iowa Hawkeyes #2, a non-Power 5 school Cincinnati Bearcats #3 and an Oklahoma Sooner team hanging around despite juggling quarterbacks are ranked #4. There are still a bunch of football to be played, and even if the rankings stayed as is I still think the CFP committee puts Alabama in over the Bearcats.
There are only a couple of Top 25 matchups this week so I will be highlighting a couple of possible upsets or at least potentially good games. However there is one game that has a Top 11 matchup featuring top ranked Georgia Bulldogs hosting the 11th ranked Kentucky Wildcats. If you believe the game is won or lost in the trenches, then this game is for you. Georgia has the best defense in the nation and it is led upfront by a possible first round Nose Tackle, Jordan Davis. That’s right a nose tackle.
Kentucky boasts a very solid Offensive Line and despite better play last week, I don’t think that position group should be put on the back burner. Darian Kinnard is having a solid season at Right Tackle and is joined by transfer Dare Rosenthal(LT) and Center/Guard Luke Fortner to help continue what has been affectionately known as the Big Blue Wall. They will have their hands full this week, but they will not go quietly.
Kentucky Wildcats #11 at Georgia Bulldogs #1 CBS 3:30pm
Darrian Kinnard #70 OT 6’5” 340lbs
Dare Rosenthal #51 OT 6’7” 327lbs
Wan’Dale Robinson #1 WR 5’11” 185lbs - keep your eyes on this play maker
Luke Fortner #79 C/G 6’6” 300lbs
Jamaree Slayer #69 OT/OG 6’4” 325lbs
Adam Anderson #19 EDGE 6’5” 230lbs
Jordan Davis #99 IDL 6’5” 330lbs
George Pickens #1 WR 6’3” 200lbs - Injured with an ACL but the conversation needs started about the talented pass catcher.
Ole Miss Rebels #13 at Tennessee Volunteers SEC Network 7:30pm
I have already highlighted the Ole Miss squad but the Volunteers have quietly put together a solid season. Some feel that they should already be ranked but a win against Mississippi more than likely puts them back into the Top 25. I expect an entertaining game with plenty of points being scored.
Cade Mays #68 OT 6’6” 321lbs - versatile offensive lineman versed in a couple of different systems playing at UGA and now Tennessee. If he gets his hands on you he will own you, not great as far as movement but can make pulls. Has the demeanor you want with a lineman. Gets caught with his head over his feet at times, meaning he loses his balance and power.
Trevon Flowers #1 FS 5’11” 200lbs
Matthew Butler #94 IDL 6’3” 290lbs
Alontae Taylor #2 CB 6’ 192lbs - A hard hitting corner with decent intangibles and size. I like his down field play and he is scheme versatile.
Velus Jones Jr. #1 WR - 5’11” 202lbs
Arizona State #18 at Utah ESPN 10pm
Let us know what games you are watching and who you would like to see in the Black and Gold
As always Stay Safe and Go Steelers!