ESPN’s College Gameday broadcasted live from Clemson, S.C., on Saturday morning for Clemson-Notre Dame, while SEC Nation was stationed in Athens, Ga.
There is little doubt that the South is more excited about the latter location today. Alabama-UGA is the SEC’s game of the week, and both shows’ experts spent time breaking down their predictions.
SEC Nation‘s Tim Tebow went with Alabama, saying “What I know is that when he has pressure, Nick Saban always rallies his team.” Paul Finebaum and Greg McElroy agreed, while Marcus Spears picked Georgia, citing Tide quarterback Jacob Coker’s inexperience as his primary reason.
Here were GameDay‘s thoughts:
Desmond Howard: “I can’t believe people think it’s a pick ’em. I think Alabama’s gonna win this game with defense and by running the ball. Derrick Henry will have two touchdowns, over 150 yards. I have Alabama by 10 points.”
The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore (celebrity picker): “They say lightning can’t strike twice. Guess what? They say Nick Saban can’t lose twice. He will today.”
Lee Corso: “I’m picking Georgia to upset ‘Bama. Malcolm Mitchell, the receiver, makes a great play or two. Georgia by two points.”
Kirk Herbstreit: “I really feel like this is an opportunity to see Alabama’s defense against a very, very good offense that’s hitting on all cylinders. I just wanted to see Greyson Lambert against a defense where they might not be able to run the football. I’m going ‘Bama on the road to be able to get it done, and I think they’ll run the football and be more conservative.”
Paul Finebaum: “A Georgia win today and the Saban dynasty is over” http://t.co/RddFa9kOB0
— SEC Country (@seccountry) October 3, 2015