Hopefully you've been enjoying the blog this week because we've had a lot of new content out there. We started on Monday talking about the ten SEC players that will be under the most pressure this year. We added our Big Ten and SEC Conferences Previews. We went on a podcast with Michael Felder of In The Bleachers to talk about his "Slate of Eight" games this week. We talked Montana Grizzlies football with the brand new website Grizfellas. Our friend Matt Elder came over and gave us three FCS vs FBS upsets to watch for this week (look out Duke, NC State and Virginia)! Jay brought the discussion with his "Coaching Carousel Preview" and Ross gave us his weekly "Six Pack" of predictions. It's been a busy week gearing up for the football season.
The opening slate of games on Thursday night was disappointing but Baylor/TCU set the Twitter world on fire last night with a really fun game. On Thursday there were two SEC games that happened so we obviously won't be predicting them today. Mississippi State predictably destroyed Memphis and looked good doing so. Chris Relf had over 200 yards passing with 2 TD tosses and RB Vick Ballard had 166 yards on just 10 carries with 3 TDs. In the other game Kentucky squeaked one out against Western Kentucky by the tune of 14-3. This was a game that was in doubt for a long time until Kentucky finally scored a second TD in the fourth frame. QB Morgan Newton was a scary 7 of 18 for 97 yards with just 1 TD versus 3 interceptions. Kentucky's two leading rushers combined for just 74 yards on 24 carries and 1 TD. Western Kentucky actually outgained Kentucky in this game 234 yards to 190 but turned it over 4 times versus Kentucky's 3. Now onto Saturday's predictions....
Utah State at Auburn, Noon, ESPN
Utah State wasn't all that great last year but they did beat BYU and they also played Oklahoma to within seven points in their opening game. Utah State returns nine starters on offense, which is more than Auburn returns on both sides of the football. That being said, Auburn just has too much talent for the Aggies. Look for Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb to have big games early as Utah State gave up 180 yards per game on the ground last year. This will give Barrett Trotter a chance to ease into the game. I would expect to see Kiehl Frazier at some point in the second half.