Two SEC Openers Highlight Week Two, SEC Predictions
Only three out of fourteen SEC teams lost last weekend, the result of a great opening weekend by the nation’s top conference. The teams that were expected to win did just that and the teams that were expected to lose, well they are now 0-1.
Speaking of expectations, all of my week 1 predictions came true, making me the owner of a 12-0 record to start this season.
Week 2 will not be as good to the conference as there will be three SEC match-ups this weekend, two of which are games that feature new arrivals, Missouri and Texas A&M. The other match-up features two SEC West teams that are looking to make a statement in their own right. Another intriguing match-up has an SEC team heading north for what could be an upset.
Without further ado, here are my week 2 SEC Predictions. Beware; there are some upsets.
Auburn at Mississippi State
This game has received hype then the other two SEC games but this game is a big one for both teams. Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen is an abysmal 3-12 against the SEC West as a coach, with the three wins all coming from wins over Ole Miss. The Bulldogs win this game for their coach and Auburn falls in another close one. Mississippi State 31, Auburn 28
East Carolina at South Carolina
The status of quarterback Connor Shaw remains up in the air for Saturday’s game but either way, Marcus Lattimore will carry the load. East Carolina gave Steve Spurrier trouble last year but that won’t be the case this time. South Carolina 34, East Carolina 17
Western Kentucky at Alabama
Nick Saban wants the media to respect Western Kentucky because it’s not fair to them that Alabama is talked up so much. Why should we when Nick Saban plans on disrespecting them this weekend? it’s just not fair that Western Kentucky has to face the Crimson Tide. Alabama 56, Western Kentucky 3
Georgia State at Tennessee
Did anyone see what Tyler Bray did to the N.C. State secondary? Bray will get another chance to try out his new toy, Cordarrelle Patterson, in a blowout victory. Tennessee 52, Georgia State 14
UTEP at Ole Miss
UTEP almost upset the Sooners last weekend but will still be hungover from their emotional letdown when they play the Rebels. New coach Hugh Freeze gets a second straight victory to start the season after ending his team’s seven game losing streak last week. Ole Miss 31, UTEP 21
Washington at LSU
Zach Mettenberger will look to have a better week than he did last week but in the end, the Tigers running backs will do all the scoring. LSU shows the world that Alabama they are not the only SEC power in a thumping of the Huskies. Poor puppies. LSU 45, Washington 10
Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas
The college football gods shined down on Arkansas’ first two games, giving them two tuneups before facing the Tide next week. The Razorback defense did not perform as well as expected last week and the offense started slow. Expect them to fine tune both units in preparation for next week’s challenge. Arkansas 45, Louisiana-Monroe 14
Kent State at Kentucky
This game is of the must-win variety for Joker Phillips. Unfortunately for him, sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. His tenure will hit an all-time low this weekend. Kent State 28, Kentucky 21
Vanderbilt at Northwestern
Vandy put up a good fight last week against the Gamecocks and will do so again this week. Their problem last week was that they deflated in the fourth quarter. Northwestern won a shootout last week in the fourth quarter and will do so again. Northwestern 27, Vanderbilt 24
Florida at Texas A&M
The day Texas A&M fans have been waiting for has finally arrived. They get to play their first SEC game. Working against them is the fact they are starting a redshirt freshman in Johnny Manziel and did not play a game last weekend. The Gators may not have the greatest offense but they are used to rowdy environments and can bring the hammer. The Aggies get the welcome they weren’t expecting from the SEC. Florida 34, Texas A&M 28
Georgia at Missouri
“Old man football” meets the spread in this match-up. Georgia’s defense turned in a sub-par performance last week but defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will not let that happen again. James Franklin will steal the show in the first half for the Tigers but second half adjustments for the Bulldogs cause the Tiger offense to sputter. Georgia 34, Missouri 21
Chris Lionetti covers the SEC for Rant Sports.
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