Week 2 Games of the Week: Notre Dame vs Michigan and South Carolina vs UGA

Normally, we will only highlight one game of the week and more times than not, it will be where ESPN College Game Day will be. However, living in the South, we cannot ignore the fact that there are actually two REALLY big games this weekend but for different reasons.

Notre Dame vs. Michigan is always a big game due to the historic rivalry between these two teams. South Carolina vs. UGA is huge this weekend because Georgia’s chances of winning a National Championship are greatly reduced if they lose this game. It’s hard to imagine that concept after only week two of the season, but Georgia has a hard schedule and their first two games are against Top 10 teams. So here’s the breakdown of the week 2 games of the week…

Notre Dame vs. Michigan

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Date, Time and Location: September 7th at 8:00 p.m. in Ann Arbor, MI

Quite the Rivalry: These two schools are located just 130 miles away from each other. There is a 1/10 of a percentage point difference on the list of college football’s all-time winningest programs. They are both in the top 30 of  U.S. News and World Report’s list of top colleges and universities. They are both outstanding academic universities with historic football programs. Both teams have won National Championships and have produced great NFL players.

This rivalry dates all the way back to 1887. The teams have played regularly since 1978 and they have met yearly since 2002. At last season’s game in South Bend, Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick handed Michigan Athletic Director Dave Brandon a note stating that Notre Dame was opting out of the series after the 2014 game. Thus, this week’s game is the last one played in The Big House (Michigan’s stadium). Why you ask? The answer is the same for just about anything in college football that doesn’t make sense. It’s about money. It’s always about money, and realigning of conferences…to make more money. Michigan leads the overall series 23-16-1.

Why Notre Dame will win: Despite losing a few starters from last year, Notre Dame still has one of the best defensive lines in the country and is simply a better team at this point in the season.  Michigan lost red shirt freshman Drake Johnson last week to a torn ACL, leaving true freshman Derrick Green as the primary back up to running back Fitzgerald Toussaint. 

Why Michigan will win: There is no way Michigan will be defeated in The Big House by one of their oldest rivals. They will fight hard and play hard to make sure the last time they meet Notre Dame at home, they will come out with a win. 

Who will win: Talent gives the edge to Notre Dame. Pride and home field advantage goes to Michigan. Since I’m a Notre Dame fan and have a Starbucks gift card riding on the game, I have to go with the Irish!

One liners/Pick up lines for the game:

” Can you believe this rivalry is actually going to end next year?”

” It makes no sense that Notre Dame is going to go to the ACC for everything except a handful of football games.”

” These two teams really do have the best uniforms. Just look at Notre Dame’s helmets. They are so shiny! Like the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow”

South Carolina vs. UGA

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Date, Time and Location: September 7th at 4:30 p.m. in Athens, GA

Why this is a big game: Despite losing to Clemson, UGA still has their sights set on the National Championship. If they lose to South Carolina, a LOT of teams will need to lose and be upset in order for them to be back in the race for the title. South Carolina needs to win so they can stay ahead of Georgia in the SEC East. Not only is this a conference game, it’s a division game as well! 

Why Georgia will win: For starters, this is Georgia’s home opener so they definitely have the “home field” advantage. They are very good at protecting their home turf and only have one loss at Sanford Stadium since 2011, ironically to the Gamecocks. Another reason they will come out on top is Todd Gurley. He was named SEC Offensive Player of the week due to his 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns against Clemson. He was also named National Running Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Why South Carolina will win: For one thing, Spurrier hates to lose. The Gamecocks have beaten Georgia the last three times they met and they are coming into this game with a lot of momentum after dominating North Carolina last week. They have every intention of having that streak continue. Their defense is expected to be better than Clemson’s and Jadeveon Clowney will be out to stop Gurley. 

Who will win: It will be a close game, but I give the edge to Georgia, for Melissa’s sake since her husband went there! Last weekend was bad enough in their house.

One liners/Pick up lines for the game:

“I didn’t like Spurrier when he was at Florida and I still don’t like him.”

“How ’bout them Dawgs?” or “That’s a damn fine dog”

“Let’s chug a beer every time Spurrier throws his visor”

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