The college season got going in the state Thursday with several games, including Mercer and Fort Valley State, and the schedule heats up Saturday with a full slate of games around the state, the SEC and the ACC.
Here are my predictions for this weekend’s state, SEC and ACC games.
Appalachian State at Georgia: Kirby Smart’s team was this close to winning the SEC East title last year in his first season. Look for the Bulldogs to get over the hump this year, but they will have to work hard in this non-conference game in their opener. ... Georgia.
Georgia Tech vs. Tennessee (Monday, Mercedes-Benz Stadium): Yep, this is a tough one for Georgia Tech to open the season, and that was before the Yellow Jackets’ best offensive player (Dedrick Mills) was kicked off the team. But don’t count out the Yellow Jackets just yet. ... Georgia Tech.
Georgia Southern at Auburn: The Eagles will be improved in their second season with Tyson Summers as their head coach. But if the predictions about Auburn are correct, this will be a difficult opener for the Eagles. ... Auburn.
Other SEC games
Florida State over Alabama
Michigan over Florida
Kentucky over Southern Miss
LSU over BYU
Mississippi over South Alabama
Mississippi State over Charleston Southern
Missouri over Missouri State
N.C. State over South Carolina
Vanderbilt over Middle Tennessee
Texas A&M over UCLA
Other ACC games
Clemson over Kent State
Duke over N.C. Central
Louisville over Purdue
Miami over Bethune-Cookman
North Carolina over California
Pittsburgh over Youngstown State
Virginia over William & Mary
Virginia Tech over West Virginia