It was 2-2 for Coach Rick last week as Florida’s Malik Davis fumbled to set up Texas A&M for the upset. Tennessee underwhelmed in a blowout loss to Georgia.
One thing still remains constant. The 2020 college football season is odd. It will continue to be odd as we head into a Week 7 that gives us the first really big showdown of the season – No. 2 versus No. 3.
It’s the first real showdown of the season. No. 3 Georgia actually has looked better than No. 2 Alabama thus far. The Tide had to score 63 points in order to hold off Ole Miss last week. Nick Saban’s usually stout defense gave up an uncharacteristic 48 points.
Georgia, on the other hand, is allowing opponents just 12.3 points per game and that’s after allowing Tennessee 21 first-half points last week. The Bulldogs shut the Volunteers out in the second half.
Georgia is allows a paltry 38.3 rushing yards per game and the Bulldogs will get their first real test when they face Alabama’s Najee Harris who ran for 206 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Ole Miss.
Alabama has won the last six straight in the series and is 10-0 in its last 10 home games. But, Georgia doesn’t necessarily need to win. The Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last five road games and with a defense like theirs expect it to be close.
Two SEC programs with solid defensive reputations that are not living up to their billing meet when LSU travels to Florida. The Gators are putting up points by the bunches averaging 42.3 points per game, but the Gators D is allowing 33.3.
The same is true for the defending national champion Tigers who score 38.7 points a game but give up 32.0. That is why LSU is 1-2 to start the season.
This game could be a shootout, but with the spread bet all the way up to -13.5 in favor of the home Gators, it’s hard to pass on all those points.
The last time Florida was a double-digit favorite was against South Carolina this year. The Gators won the game but failed to cover the 15-point spread.
Virginia Tech comes into Saturday’s game with BC on the heels of a big loss to North Carolina. The Hokies are lucky to be 2-1 with the number of players they have had out due to the coronavirus. They have started a walk-on at free safety the past two weeks.
The Hokies could be without four defensive backs again on Saturday against Boston College which upset Pitt 31-30 in overtime last week. The Eagles defense is vastly improved giving up just 20.8 points per game thus far. It’s one of the big reasons why BC has started 3-1.
Playing in Blacksburg is tough – Google the Hokies pre-game entrance, it’s worth it – but BC can hang with a depleted Hokies lineup. Remember, BC has beaten VT in each of the past two seasons.
A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.
His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.
When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.