With the kickoff of week three only hours away, what changes can each matchup expect? With five SEC teams in the Top 25, which teams can push their way to the top and which teams will fall? Who is poised to win? Check out the game-by-game breakdown below.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is the talk of the town. The Heisman Trophy candidate has made it clear he knows what he is doing with a QBR of 76.7 and throwing to over seven different receivers. His ability to make plays leaves defenses scratching their head on how to cover the play-action effectively. Kentucky will have too many receivers to cover and Bridgewater will be at ease. This game may prove how Kentucky will perform against ranked teams this season, as they face four-consecutive weeks of top-ranked teams. Louisville wins 38-10.
Southern Miss (0-2) at Arkansas (2-0)
This should be a game where Arkansas can build on their 2-0 start and allow the team to develop on the depth chart. They will stick to their original plan of running the ball, as they are ranked No. 9 nationally with freshman Alex Collins leading the Razorbacks in rushing yards. Unfortunately, Southern Miss doesn’t have a strong enough defense to stop the Razorbacks. Arkansas wins 48-13.
Even though they deny it, Bama comes in seeking revenge for last year’s loss to A&M. Quarterback Johnny Manziel has his first big test after cruising to wins the last two games. Can the Heisman Trophy winner put on a show? Bama has proven they are great at revenge games, 7-1 over the last several seasons. Even though the game is being played at Kyle Field, home of the 12th man, it shouldn’t faze Bama. Easily the best game of the day. Alabama wins 28 -21.
Tennessee will have a lot of work to do to keep Oregon from running away from this game. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota will have a field day at their first home game of the season. Tennessee, on the other hand, will have to make a strong stand on defense and establish the run with a combo of Rajion Neal and Marlin Lane, if they have any chance to keep the score close. Oregon wins 45-21.
Both teams know how important their first SEC win is, but this game is so much more to Auburn. They were 0-8 last season in the SEC. Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell and running back LaDarius Perkins are both expected to return from injuries. This is poised to be as close a game as years past, but Auburn has too much to lose. Auburn wins 21-17.
Kent State (1-1) at No. 8 LSU (2-0)
LSU has been the quiet player in the SEC so far, just getting their work done. This week shouldn’t be any different with the spotlight on other SEC games. LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for a school record five touchdown passes last week against UAB. He has become more accurate and has been making great plays all season, and that won’t change against Kent St. Their opponents will have trouble keeping LSU at bay after a 41-22 loss to Bowling Green in Week 2. LSU should roll to an easy win over Kent St. LSU wins 48-7.
South Carolina is going into this game still upset with Week 2’s loss to Georgia. They will use this anger to try to take advantage of a wavering Vanderbilt team. Vandy came into the season as a strong team, but scandal over the offseason — an alleged “gang rape” involving five players — has been overshadowing them. South Carolina will take advantage of this and Jadeveon Clowney will have another chance to prove why he deserves to be a Heisman candidate. South Carolina will double-team wide receiver Jordan Matthews. South Carolina should be able to fight their way to a win. South Carolina wins 27-21.
After last week’s catastrophic loss to BYU and the firing of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, Texas is left confused. This confusion won’t help the program against a nationally ranked Ole Miss team. The Rebel’s read-option with quarterback Bo Wallace and running back Jeff Scott will flourish against the confused Texas defense. Ole Miss will show that firing the defensive coordinator after Week 2 was a bad idea. Expect many miss-reads and missed tackles on behalf of Texas. Ole Miss should be able to put on a show. Ole Miss wubs 38-17.