The Mercer Bears actually played their second game, going to Auburn to face an SEC opponent.
The heavens opened up and the game went late into the night after a long delay. The Tigers, with their talent, overcame Mercer 42-16. The Auburn defense held the Bears to less than 250 yards of offense.
This week Mercer gets a break in their schedule as they are off.
The Kennesaw State Owls had a tough opening loss to Samford as they fell 27-17. The game was tight starting the fourth quarter and Kennesaw looked to win the game leading 17-14 but Samford had two touchdowns and held the Owls to no points to win.
This week Kennesaw plays Cincinnati from the American Conference at Cincinnati. I don’t expect the Owls to win but I expect them to compete.
Georgia State went on the road to play South Carolina and was in the game well into the third quarter. It is said that if you have a punt blocked your chances of losing go up quite a bit. Well, the Panthers had two blocked and both were returned for touchdowns. The final score was South Carolina 35, Georgia State 14.
This week Georgia State plays North Carolina in a home game and based on the Tar Heels' performance last week it should be interesting. North Carolina beat Appalachian State in a wild game 63-61.
Georgia Southern and coach Clay Helton made their opening game with Morgan State a blowout winning 59-7. Morgan State threw three interceptions while Georgia Southern’s Kyle Vantrease threw four touchdowns. The defense held Morgan State to less than 250 total yards of offense.
This week will be a very interesting game as the Eagles hit the road to Lincoln Nebraska to take on the Cornhuskers out of the Big 10. Coach Scott Frost is coaching for his job so expect an interesting game.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets opened the season with Clemson at Mercedes Benz Stadium and held their own for a while. The defense was doing well against a Clemson offense that was not exactly humming, however, the Tech offense was being shut down by what may be the best defense in College Football.
Go back up in the article and read what I wrote about Georgia State and punt blocks. While Tech did not have a return for a touchdown, they also had two punts blocked. Final score: Clemson 41, Tech 10.
This week the Jackets have Western Carolina at home with a 7:00 P.M. kickoff. If the script goes correctly Tech should win this walking away. But in the Collins-era, the script has not always worked out.
The Saturday game of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic featured the number three ranked Georgia Bulldogs against the number eleven ranked Oregon Ducks. When the game was over, about the middle of the second quarter, it was apparent that the game was a mismatch.
The question of replacing nine starters from last year’s defense was answered as Oregon only managed three points. What was a change was that the Georgia offense looked to be an explosive force that the rest of the Dog’s opponents better figure out.
This week the Bulldogs play the Samford Bulldogs at Sanford stadium. Look for the UGA reserves to get a lot of playing time.
On a closing note, with a few more games like his first, it will be time to put Stetson Bennet in the Heisman discussion.
Richard Proctor, born in Newnan, recently moved back from Denver, Colorado, and is an avid college football fan as well as a published author. He is the son of Dr. Ernest Proctor PAPP Clinic.