Friday, September 7, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Intrigue Outlines Week 2

SEC welcomes Texas A&M and Missouri this weekend.
Like a student entering their first year at a new school, Texas A&M and Missouri are about to find out what its like to be the new kids on the block. Tomorrow, the Aggies host the Florida Gators (3:30 ESPN) in their 1st game in the SEC and 1st game of the season due to last weeks opener being PPD, thanks to Hurricane Isaac. As for the other newbie on the block, the Missouri Tigers host the Georgia Bulldogs under the lights in Columbia (7:45 ESPN). Let's see how the SEC welcomes their new classmates as high-powered offenses go up against SEC defenses. As for the rest of the weekend, a trifecta of Big Ten/Pac 12 matchups highlight the action, USC travels east to the Big Apple, and more FCS schools sell out for the money to have their lunches handed to by the FBS big boys (see FLA St./Savannah St. spread). The Cincinnati Bearcats raced past their Big East foe PITT Panthers, 34 to 10, in the Thursday Night Game of the Week. Bearcats starting QB Munchie Legaux paced the Bearcats offense with 322 total yards of offense and two passing TD's.

Games to keep an eye on in Week 2: (Complete Week 2 schedule)

- Central Florida at #14 Ohio State (Noon ESPN)

  • With neither team eligible for the postseason, its been dubbed, "The Bowl Ban" Game.
- Purdue at #22 Notre Dame (3:30 NBC)
  • How improved are the Boilmakers? How good are the Irish?
- #24 Florida at Texas A&M (3:30 ESPN)
  • How will the Gator's handle, "The 12th Man", in the Aggies first game as SEC members.
- Iowa State at Iowa (3:30 BTN)
  • The Cy-Hawk Trophy will be up for grabs, as these two in-state rivals clash. 
- Kent State at Kentucky (7:30 ESPN3)
  • The team with no sense of direction vs. the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball.
- #7 Georgia at Missouri (7:45 ESPN2)
  • The Dawgs travel to Columbia, for the 1st meeting b/t the two teams as SEC opponents and since their last meeting in the 1960 Orange Bowl.

Game #2 in the Urban Era will be much tougher then the first, and thats straight from the horses mouth. Coach Meyer all week has stressed the level of competition that the Buckeyes will go up againist vs. their opponent the Central Florida Knights (Line: Buckeyes by 18). The Buckeyes need to get off to a quicker start then they did last week vs. Miami (OH). I don't care who it is, a team from Florida will have some outstanding team speed and athleticism. The Knights like the Buckeyes feature a duel-threat QB Blake Bortles, who racked up 168 passing yards plus 3 TD's in the teams season opening win vs. Akron, 56-14. I see the Buckeyes coming out a little more quicker, knowing they don't want a team like UCF to hang around all-game. Look for Braxton Miller to excel again in his 2nd game in Urban's spread attack, as he looks for help from his playmakers in the backfield and out wide. Look for the game to be close, before the Buckeyes make a play or two on defense and in the special teams to pull away and cruise to a 20-plus point victory. Neither team (at this time, UCF appealing) is eligible to play in a bowl game this season, however, both teams have a great opportunity to win their respective divisions in the Big Ten and Conference USA.

Weekend Game Picks (Last Week 5-1, Overall 5-1) Bonus Pick: 0-1

Ohio State cruises past UCF

Notre Dame over Purdue

Texas A&M upsets Florida

Iowa sneaks past Iowa State

Kentucky storms past Kent State

Georgia gets a late FG to beat Missouri

*Bonus Pick*

NFL Sunday Night Game of the Week (8PM, NBC): Broncos ride past the Steelers
  • Peyton returns to the NFL, and gets his 1st win since Week 17....of the 2010 season.