Friday, September 4, 2009

The best college football game of the weekend

I'm going with 13th-ranked Georgia at No. 9 Oklahoma State. If the Bulldogs manage to upset the Cowboys -- and I think there's an excellent chance of that happening because of OSU's weak defense -- then it will cement the Southeastern Conference's position as the No. 1 football conference in the nation and the talk will begin that the Big 12 is overrated.

I do think Oklahoma State's Dez Bryant is a better receiver than Michael Crabtree was last year for Texas Tech. Bryant also returned two punts for touchdowns last year and if OSU had a defense that could force more punts, Bryant would be a legitimate Heisman candidate this season. Quarterback Zac Robinson will either be throwing to Bryant or handing off to running back Kendall Hunter, a combination that guarantees the Cowboys will score a lot of points.

Georgia enters this season without quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshown Moreno, but it will have wide receiver A.J. Green, who's even better than Bryant, and a fifth-year senior, Joe Cox, at quarterback. I'm thinking Georgia coach Mark Richt, one of the best in the business, will play it conservatively on offense, hoping his top-notch offensive line will allow the Bulldogs to keep the ball away from the Cowboys.

A lot of folks will be interested in OU-BYU, but the only thing I find intriguing about this game is whether BYU will even manage to keep the score close. If you can only watch one college game this weekend, my choice would be Georgia-Oklahoma State.

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