Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/7/12

1. Can the Aggies pull out a win in their SEC debut?

I was about to write, "Can the Aggies pull off an upset in their SEC debut?"

But then I remembered that they are actually favored by 1.5 points at home against Florida on Saturday.

This came as a slight surprise to me considering that this will be Johnny Manziel's first ever start and it comes against one of the best defenses in the nation.

But Florida did struggle for three quarters at home last week against Bowling Green and they still don't know if Jeff Driskel is the answer at quarterback.

If the Texas A&M defense can contain Mike Gillislee and Johnny Manziel can make a few big plays, the Aggies could get the win in what should be one of the most exciting games of the weekend.

2. Will Missouri's explosive spread offense work in the SEC?

Like most Big 12 teams, Missouri's pass-happy spread offense has been very successful over the past few years. With their move to the SEC this year, there are questions as to how effective the Tigers' offense will be against the more talented and athletic defenses they will face.

Georgia's defense is a perfect example of the athleticism and depth that they'll see on a weekly basis, and we will find out on Saturday if James Franklin and company can handle it.

3. Will one of the ranked Big Ten teams stumble?

With the exception of Michigan St., all of the Big Ten heavyweights face a quality opponent this weekend. Ohio St. will have the toughest opponent of any Big 10 team on Saturday in a very underrated UCF squad.

Wisconsin will look to bounce back from a poor effort versus Northern Iowa with a statement win on the road against Oregon St., Nebraska also travels to Pac-12 country with a showdown versus UCLA, and Michigan needs to rebound from Saturday's embarrassing loss to Alabama with a strong performance against a pretty good Air Force team.

 4. Can LSU keep the streak alive?

LSU's amazing 38 straight non conference regular season winning streak will be tested against Keith Price and the Washington Huskies on Saturday.

The Tigers didn't look sharp at times against North Texas last week, but neither did Washington in a close 21-12 win over San Diego St., and it would be very tough for them to knock off the third ranked team in the country on the road.

5. Can Nevada beat two BCS conference opponents in a row?

Last week the Wolf Pack shocked the nation with a 31-24 victory over Cal in the bears' new stadium.

South Florida comes to town on Saturday, and they did not impress last week in a sloppy 34-13 win over Chattanooga. Can Nevada pull off another big win, or will they suffer the hangover that comes after a huge, emotional road win and fall to B.J. Daniels and the Bulls?

6. Will the Big East get at least one quality win this week?

The opportunity is there for four Big East teams to beat a good non-conference opponent, but it will be tough. USF has the road trip to Nevada mentioned above, Connecticut hosts a more talented N.C. State squad, and Syracuse will need a miracle to beat USC.

Temple hosts Maryland and is the only favorite of these four teams, but when you consider how bad Maryland was on Saturday, you might not be allowed to call a win over the Terps a quality one.

7. Can Iowa St. make it two in a row against their arch rival?

Iowa has dominated this rivalry in recent years, but the Cyclones shocked the Hawkeyes with a thrilling 44-41 triple overtime victory last year.

With one of the best linebacker corps in the nation and plenty of weapons surrounding Steele Jantz, the Cyclones have a good chance of beating Iowa in consecutive years for the first time since they won five straight from 1998-2002.



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