By Chandler Morrison, Sports Editor—

CFB: No. 22 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama

The Aggies had a close one on the road against a highly-touted No. 3 Clemson two weeks ago.  This one could serve as a measuring stick–which it doesn’t usually receive this early in the season–for Alabama.  Nick Saban is clever when it comes to scheduling those neutral ste games against over-hyped teams, but even the Old Coach cannot escape a massive early season SEC matchup.  

NFL:  Broncos at Ravens

This may not seem like the game you’d want to watch, sitting at the 1:00 slate, but this could be crucial for the Ravens if they intend to be a title contender this season.  This could be the game that starts to bring the Tebow-esque nature out of the organization–meaning that if Joe Flacco doesn’t perform, he may be substituted for an overdrafted heisman winner in Lamar Jackson.  The Denver defense is always stout, especially against the run, so the Ravens will be forced to pass and show Flacco’s control of the offense in the young NFL season.

CFB:  Florida at Tennessee

An underrated matchup because both teams hold a loss already already this season, the masses at Neyland Stadium will have to step up and find a way to keep this team in the game.  Both squads are struggling with no shot at a Natty, but if they can win this one and pull off a miracle upset against Georgia, they just might have a shot at the SEC. If you’re “Smart,” you’d say the chances are slim, but this one could be exciting, especially after last year’s hail mary finish.  

CFB:  Florida Atlantic at Central Florida

We may never say it again, but FAU and UCF come in this game as the best teams that Florida has to offer.  With Lane Kiffin and that high-flying offense squaring off against the 2017 “National Champions” this could be an exciting one to watch, if only for the wackiness that may come forth out of this one.  

CFB (FCS): No. 17 Samford at Chattanooga

And last but not least, we can’t leave the hometown team off the list as they get ready to take on the 17th-ranked Bulldogs of Samford.  This was a major upset at the FCS level in 2017, and you best believe that Samford has not forgotten exactly what the Mocs did last season.  That being said, the Mocs do not come in as an underdog, really, due to their success this season and the hype surrounding them. If Nick Tiano and Bryce Nunnelly can get things cooking early, this could be a barn-burner for the ages.

 

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