Week 2 SEC Picks And Analysis For Every Team

Week 2 SEC Picks And Analysis For Every Team

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Week 2 SEC Picks And Analysis For Every Team


Last week went rather well for predictions, with a 14-2 record to show for it.  Auburn finally proved that they could win a big-time game outside Jordan-Hare Stadium and Mark Richt gave us flashbacks to several games in Athens, last Sunday.  Other than the Tigers’ hard-fought victory and the Miami Hurricanes’ abysmal performance,  we basically nailed last week’s picks.

UCF pulled away from UConn, Alabama curb-stomped Louisville, West Virginia buried Tennessee and Virginia Tech silenced a loud Doak-Campbell Stadium to round up the first week of action.  Yes, we told you it was all bound to happen.

Excuse us for not picking the SEC West over a Pac-12 team, but it was hard to believe in the ‘Gus Bus’ after so many losses away from home.  As for the Hurricanes, we seem to have bought into the hype just a bit too much and should have known better, having watched this movie with the Bulldogs for years.

Now, last week’s games are history and Week 2 looms right around the corner for yet another great Saturday of football.  Let’s get to it.

Nevada @ Vanderbilt 

The Commodores were able to pull away from Middle Tennessee last week and earn their first victory of the season.  The ‘Dores looked surprisingly impressive as compared to recent years, so we will ‘anchor down’ Vandy on this prediction.

Prediction: Vanderbilt 34, Nevada 17

Mississippi State @ Kansas State 

Nick Fitzgerald returns at a crucial time for the Bulldogs, as a road contest in Manhatten awaits.  In past seasons this matchup might favor the Wildcats of Kansas State, but Fitzgerald and the Dawgs will pull away late.

Prediction: Mississippi State 45, Kansas State 24

Arkansas State @ Alabama 

Don’t expect Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide to exit Bryant-Denny-Stadium with a loss on Saturday, but the Red Wolves can certainly give Alabama fits, for Saban’s standards at least.

Prediction: Alabama 49, Arkansas State 23

Georgia @ South Carolina

The game we have been waiting an entire summer for is finally here, with all of the unnecessary hype in Columbia.  This game seems so difficult to predict, with all of the different scenarios for Saturday.  However, we are confident Kirby Smart’s team will be ready for South Carolina, and that is that.  As for the score, the Bulldogs and Gamecocks have us winging it with our best guess.  Georgia finds a way to get it done in the 4th Quarter.

Prediction: Georgia 35, South Carolina 24

East Tennessee State @ Tennessee 

Tennessee gave an Atlanta Falcons-like resemblance of the exact same team they went 0-8 with in the SEC.  The Volunteers seem to have found little to no improvement from the Butch Jones era yet, but we can agree they will beat East Tennessee State.

Prediction: Tennessee 38, ETSU 10

Southern Illinois @ Ole Miss 

Boy, did the Rebels look good last week?  We had a feeling the team from Oxford would come out on top but did not think they could hold their own on defense.  This team really might derail a fellow SEC team’s season and we would not be surprised in the slightest.  As for Southern Illinois, good luck.

Prediction: Ole Miss 59, Southern Illinois 13

Clemson @ Texas A&M 

Dabo Swinney’s Clemson Tigers are considered a lock to make the College Football Playoff by many analysts, but Saturday night’s contest could completely change that narrative.  Clemson is a heavy favorite against the Aggies, but going on the road to Kyle Field seems harder than most think.   Going to go out on a limb here and pick the Aggies, but this might be a horrible choice come Saturday.  Let’s see if Jimbo Fisher can put an end to the Aggies’ big-game blues.

Prediction: Texas A&M 35, Clemson 31

SE Louisiana @ LSU 

LSU shocked the college football world last week, dominating a Miami Hurricanes team in complete disarray.  We should have seen it coming for ‘The U,’ as head coach Mark Richt usually finds a way to get absolutely blasted in marquee matchups.  However, the Tigers have a quick turnaround to face SE Louisiana in Tiger Stadium Saturday, in what seems like a warmup for Auburn.  Barring any shocking upsets by either Tiger teams, Week 3’s brawl in Jordan-Hare will be a can’t miss matchup.

Prediction: LSU 52, SE Louisiana 7

Wyoming @ Missouri

Mizzou may not have put up as many points as we thought in Week 1, but they came pretty darn close.  The Cowboys of Wyoming pay a visit to Columbia this week, without their former quarterback Josh Allen.  Without the first-round quarterback, this game seems like a blowout in favor of the Tigers.  Look for Drew Lock to like up the scoreboard yet again.

Prediction: Missouri 58, Wyoming 23

Arkansas @ Colorado State

The Hogs venture west to take on Colorado State this week, but what seemed like a decent matchup just weeks ago, now looks like an Arkansas blowout.  Mike Bobo’s Colorado State team has failed to live up to any expectation so far, and an 0-3 start seems inevitable.

Prediction: Arkansas 47, Colorado State 20

Alabama State @ Auburn

Auburn impressed a lot of folks last weekend after proving they could win a big game outside their own stadium.  We made the mistake of picking the Huskies in a close one, but Auburn did not amaze us as much as the rest of the crowd.  The Tigers will easily beat Alabama State, but they could face some bumps down the road.

Prediction: Auburn 56, Alabama State 10

Kentucky @ Florida 

The Wildcats have not beaten the Gators in 31 years, but could this possibly be the season it happens?  We thought the same thing last year, and while Kentucky was the better team, it just didn’t work out.  Florida’s offense showed some signs of life last week, but then again, it was Charleston Southern.  It’s very tempting to pick the Cats and that we will do ye again.

Prediction: Kentucky 31, Florida 27

Week 2 features a lot of great games and we cannot wait to watch how they all play out.  Let’s see if some of these proposed “upsets” happen.

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