SEC Game Predictions- Week 2

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, September 9th, 2017

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ROBERT CORTINEZ
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The SEC had a successful opening weekend going a combined 12-2.
Only the epic collapse of Texas A&M against UCLA, kept Florida from
being the only SEC loss, as Alabama and Tennessee won their marquee
games against Florida State and Georgia Tech.
This week’s marquee games are Auburn at Clemson and Georgia at
Notre Dame with a minor league marquee game pitting TCU at Arkansas.
In conference play, we have an early season matchup between the
two Columbia schools with South Carolina traveling to Mizzou….the
rest is cupcake city. The games are shown in the author’s humble
opinion of national interest.

#13 Auburn (1-0) vs #3 Clemson (1-0)
Line: Tigers -5 / 53.5
TV: ESPN, 6:00 p.m.
The Auburn Tigers travel to Death Valley to try to topple the
Clemson Tigers in an early season battle for power five conference
supremacy. Auburn won its opener, 41-7 while Clemson strolled to a
56-3 win in its opener. Last week’s games were confectionary contests
and this week will be meat and potatoes.
Auburn HC Gus Malzahn returns star RB, Kam Pettaway after a one
game suspension, and if his quarterbacks can discover a vertical
passing game, upset city.
Pick: Auburn 27 Clemson 26

#15 Georgia (1-0) vs #24 Notre Dame (1-0)
Line: Irish -4 / 57.5
TV: NBC, 6:30
Georgia could be a dark horse surprise this year, handily beating
perennially stout Appalachian State, 31-10. The Bulldogs pulled off
the victory with their #2 QB, freshman Jake Fromm, who had three
touchdown drives in the first half, after starter, Jacob Eason, went
out in the first quarter with a sprained knee. Notre Dame beat Temple
49-16, utilizing new QB Brandon Wimbush who threw 2 TD’s and rushed
for 106 yards. The game’s in the South Bend football shrine, but I
dislike Notre dame. Call me an SEC homer.
Pick: Georgia 22 Notre Dame 20

Fresno State (1-0) vs. #1 Alabama (1-0)                                                                                                                                                 Line: Tide -44 / 53.5
TV: ESPN2, 2:30
The Tide flexed its SEC muscle shutting down pre-season #3 and
ACC favorite Florida State 24-7. Alabama didn’t show a lot of
diversity in its play calling but Jalen Hurt was solid on the passing
game, including a perfect 57-yard, TD strike to all-SEC WR Calvin
Ridley. The Fresno State Bulldogs won their opener, 66-0, but may
actually get shut-out in Tuscaloosa if Bama HC,Nick Saban has his
way.
Pick: Alabama 44 Fresno State 7

#23 TCU (1-0) vs. Arkansas (1-0)
Line: Horned Frogs -3 / 59
TV: CBS, 2:30
The Razorbacks beat Florida Atlantic, 49-7, but Arkansas’s
offense looked out of sorts the entire game. Senior QB, Austin Allen,
missed several wide open throws and the O-line is spectacularly
underwhelming. The new 3-4 defense played well but the litmus test is
much sterner this Saturday.
TCU is looking for a bounce back season after going 5-7 last
year and has 5th year QB Kenny Hill leading the way. The Frogs
trounced Jackson State 63-0, in their home opener and have revenge on
its mind after blowing a late lead to the Hogs last year in Ft. Worth.
Pick: TCU 34 Arkansas 30

South Carolina (1-0) vs Missouri (1-0)
Line: Tigers -2.5 / 71
TV: ESPN2, 6:00 p.m.
The battle of Columbia campuses is set for Missouri’s Faurot
Field in an early season SEC contest. Missouri’s offense was
hyper-explosive last week, scoring 72 points against Missouri
Southern. Tiger QB Drew Lock set school records with 521 yards
passing and 7 TD’s, while RB Damerea Crockett rushed for 202 yards.
The problem was Missouri’s defense allowing 43 points to an FCS
school.
South Carolina went to North Carolina State and subdued the home
team, 35-28. Gamecock WR, Deebo Samuel, had a 97 yard opening kickoff
return and two receiving TD’s. Gamecock HC,Will Muschamp, should be
able to scheme up a defense to contain Missouri’s talented offense.
Pick: South Carolina 31 Missouri 27

Chatanooga (0-1) vs #12 LSU (1-0)
Line: NL
TV: SECN, 6:30 p.m.
LSU was never pressured in their season opening win at BYU,
27-0. The Bengal offense should have scored at least two more times,
missing several opportunities in the red zone. In the Tiger’s
shut-out, LSU’s defense did not allow a BYU possession past the 50
yard line.
The Chattanooga Moc’s lost their opener 27-13, and will be lucky
to score a field goal in this sacrificial offering.
Pick: LSU 54 UT Chattanooga 3

N. Colorado (1-0) vs #22 Florida (0-1)
Line: NL
TV: SECN, 6:30 p.m
The Florida Gators barely stayed in the AP 25 after losing to #8
Michigan 33-17. Florida was leading the Michigan game at halftime,
and controlling the line of scrimmage, even though 10 Gator players
were suspended. The final score was not indicative of the game’s
closeness, as Florida QB, Malik Zaire, fumbled the Gators last
possession in the end zone resulting in Michigan’s final TD. The
Northern Colorado Bears won their opener 41-14, but will get the full
mettle of the Swamp’s might as Florida has most it’s suspended players
back for this rebound game.
Pick: Florida 42 No. Colorado 10

Indiana St. (0-1) vs. #25 Tennessee (1-0)
Line: NL
TV: SECN, 3:00 p.m.
The Vol’s defense gave up 535 rushing yards to Georgia Tech,
including 249 yards and 5 rushing TD’s to Tech QB, TaQuon Marshall.
Somehow Tennessee’s luck prevailed with the Vols winning in double OT.
Tennessee’s offense was led by junior RB John Kelly who had 128 yards
and 4 TD’s. The Volunteer’s starting QB, Quinten Dormady, was erratic
but finished strong with two TD passes to WR Marquez Callaway.
The Indiana State Sycamores known for being the school that
spawned NBA hall of famer, Larry Bird, not for its football program.
Vols roll.
Pick: Tennessee 48 Indiana State 17

Nicholls (1-0) vs Texas A&M (0-1)
Line: NL
TV: ESPNU, 6:00 p.m.
This game will be watched only to see how hot Kevin Sumlin’s seat
gets as the Aggies limp into its second game. There has never been a
34-point collapse by a Texas A&M team in the last 17 minutes of a
football game in the program’s history. Not only was it a
gut-wrenching loss, if A&M had been able to hold off the UCLA
comeback, the Aggies would be a ranked team with momentum. Nicholls
State is just a minor player in the drama that is the Texas A&M
Aggies.
Pick: Texas A&M 41 Nicholls St. 10

Mississippi St (1-0) vs La. Tech (1-0)
Line: Bulldogs -8.5 / 68.5
TV: CBSSN, 6:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs actually play an FBS school this week, while over
half of the other week two, SEC games pit SEC teams against FCS
schools. Louisiana Tech is not a power five conference school but
they are always well coached and usually have several NFL prospects on
its roster. This road game may be a tough test for Mississippi State
HC Dan Mullen’s squad, but his Bulldogs should be up to the task.
Pick: Mississippi St 20 La. Tech 17

Alabama A&M (0-1) vs. Vanderbilt (1-0)
TV: SECN, 3:00 p.m
Vanderbilt is coming off a solid opening win, 28-6 , over
Middle Tennessee. Vandy looks to continue the success of last year’s
first bowling season under fourth-year HC, Derek Mason. The Commodores
will out-muscle and out-hustle the out-manned Alabama A&M Bulldogs.
Pick: Vanderbilt 37 Alabama A&M 7

E. Kentucky (0-1) vs Kentucky (1-0)
Line: NL
TV: SECN 11:00
Kentucky got its season off to a good start beating Southern Miss
at Hattiesburg, 24-17. The Wildcats struggled a bit, but were
eventually able to run out the clock in the one touchdown victory.
Eastern Kentucky got beat 31-17 by Western Kentucky and will get more
of the same from Big Blue.
Pick: Kentucky 38 Eastern Kentucky 6

UT Martin (1-0) vs. Ole Miss (1-0)
Line: NL
TV: SECN, 11:00
Ole Miss is coming off multiple NCAA violations, a new interim
head coach and a bowl ban. But the Rebels did beat South Alabama, who
upset Mississippi St. last year, 47-27, in their opener. UT Martin
pitched a shutout in its opener winning 36-0. This game may be closer
than it appears.
Pick: Ole Miss 39, UT Martin 10

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