Friday, August 24, 2007 Some Openers are Good, Some Aren't

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But there are some other SEC openers that might tell us a lot about some league teams. Certainly, one would expect Auburn to beat Kansas State and for Arkansas to beat Troy, Florida's second opponent, and who knows if Ole Miss will beat Memphis, but Tennessee at Cal, Oklahoma State at Georgia, and LSU at Mississippi State on Thursday should be interesting viewing for a lot of reasons.

Cal was thoroughly embarrassed at Tennessee last year, and the Bears can't wait to wash the stain of that game from their mouths at home. Cal under Jeff Tedford has normally been a good passing team and this year, Nate Longshore is back after a 24 touchdown campaign last year. And even with Marshawn Lynch going to the NFL, 5'8" tailback Justin Forsett is back and he's averaged 6.39 yards a carry in his career. However, defense, always a problem here, will have to improve if Cal is to make a serious national run.

Still, this is a big test for Tennessee, especially with a greatly improved Southern Mississippi and Florida the next two teams on its schedule. Can the Vols find some receivers to catch passes from Erik Ainge? Can their rushing game, the worst it has been since 1964 a year ago, bounce back? And, will the Vols find some players along the defensive front? They'll have to get answers quickly to be good.

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