SEC Game Predictions- Week 2

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, September 8th, 2018

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With the exception of the downtrodden Tennessee Volunteers, the
SEC pulverized its highly-ranked, power- 5, conference competition
going 4-1 against the Pac-12, ACC, Big East and Big 12 by a combined
score of 152-75.  This week’s slate lacks the firepower of last week’s
games, with only Georgia @ South Carolina harboring national playoff
implications.
Season Results: Straight;13-1 / ATS: 7-7

#18 Mississippi St.(1-0) at Kansas St.(1-0)
Line: Bulldogs -7.5 / 54
TV: Saturday 11:00 AM, ESPN
The Bulldogs slaughtered Stephen F. Austin 63-7 behind second
string QB, Keytaon Thompson’s, 5 TD’s.  He’s on the bench this week as
Bulldog all-SEC QB,Nick Fitzgerald, returns from his one game
suspension.  K-State was 8-5 last year and return 8 defensive
starters.  The only problem is that none of their 8 wins were against
any SEC teams.  Break out the cowbells.
Pick: Mississippi St. 30  Kansas St. 20

Nevada (1-0) at Vanderbilt (0-1)
Line: Commadores -8 / 61.5
TV: 11:00 a.m, SECN
Vandy manhandled cross town rival Middle Tennessee. State 35-7 in
a somewhat surprisingly, dominating performance.  Nevada was just as
surprising in their opener, winning 72-19 against Portland State.
That represents a ton of offense for both teams. SEC muscle wins out.
Pick: Vanderbilt 34  Nevada 24

Arkansas State (1-0) at #1 Alabama (1-0)
Line: Tide -36.5 / 63.5
TV: 2:30 PM, ESPN2
Alabama just keeps on being Bama, crushing Bobby P.’s Louisville
Cardinals by seven touchdowns, 51-14 in last week’s opener. A tipster
related that Bama rarely covers against no-names when the Tide rolls
against top notch teams in week one. The Arkansas State Red Wolves
have been to seven straight bowl games and these Wolves ain’t no
slouches.
Pick: Alabama 40  Arkansas St. 13

#3 Georgia (1-0) at #24 S.Carolina (1-0)
Line: Bulldogs -9 / 50.5
TV: 2:30, CBS
Early, crucial SEC East battle in Columbia, South Carolina.
Gamecock fans are pumped up for this show-down after warming up
against li’l sister, Coastal Carolina, 49-15.   The Georgia Bulldogs
kept its big guns fresh in a similar fashion, blanking Austin Peay
45-0. This may be South Carolina’s only SEC loss in the 2018 season.
Pick: Georgia 26  South Carolina 24

S. Illinois (1-0) at Ole Miss (1-0)
Line: Rebels -20.5 / 59
TV: 3:00, SECN
The Rebels dominated the Texas Tech Red Raiders, 47-27, in
Houston last week.  The Rebels looked bigger, faster and stronger the
entire game against their Big 12 opponent.  The Salukis out of
Southern Illinois are coming off a big win, 49-10, over cross-town
rival Murray St. The Salukis don’t have the manpower to handle this
Ole Miss squad and its nasty wide receivers.
Pick: Ole Miss 53  Southern Illinois 12

ETSU (1-0) at Tennessee (0-1)
Line: Volunteers -1 / 48
TV: 3:00, SECN
The Volunteers were never in the game against #17, West Virginia,
succumbing
40-14 in a laugher last week. Eastern Tennessee is an FCS school that
is just wants to get paid.  Tennessee asserts itself this week, but
still may be the weakest team in the entire SEC
Pick: Tennessee 48  E. Tennessee St. 13

#2 Clemson (1-0) at Texas A&M (1-0)
Line: Tigers -11.5 / 54
TV: 6:00, ESPN
This game has flavor, if nothing else. The Aggies welcome the
#2 ranked Clemson Tigers into the hostile confines of Kyle Field.
Clemson fans would like nothing better than to beat former ACC rival
coach, Jimbo Fisher, in his big game debut as A&M’s head man. Last
year, Clemson clocked Fisher’s Florida State Seminoles, 31-14, in a
game that was never close.  Different conference, same result.
Pick: Clemson 33  Texas A&M 19

SE Louisiana (0-1) at #11 LSU (1-0)
Line: Tigers -34 / 61
TV: 6:00, ESPN2
The Bayou Bengals are the hottest team in the conference. The
Tigers jumped from #25 all the way up to #11, by far the biggest mover
in the AP Poll with their huge 33-17 win over Miami.  The biggest
question will be whether the Hurricanes were over-ranked or LSU
under-respected.  Going with the latter.  LSU wins this game easily
against their backyard buddies from Hammond, Louisiana.
Pick: LSU 55  S.E. Louisiana 10

Wyoming (1-1) at. Missouri (1-0)
Line: Tigers -16.5 / 55
TV: 6:00, ESPNU
The Cowboys out of Laramie are facing a gun-slinger in Mizzou QB
Drew Lock, who threw for four TD’s and over 300 yards in last week’s
victory over Tennessee Martin.  Missouri is a very dark horse in the
SEC East division and needs to win big at home to gather momentum. The
Tigers are up to the task, putting the over/ under on Lock’s TD’s at 5
this week.
Pick: Missouri 47  Wyoming 24

Alabama State (1-0) at #7 Auburn (1-0)
Line: Tigers -35 / 51
TV: 6:30, SECN
Auburn’s huge 21-16 over Washington is in the books.  The Huskies
only dropped to #9 in the AP Polls, which shows how strong the pundits
value the worth of these two teams.  Auburn HC Gus Malzahn gets
basically two weeks to savor the victory with this cupcake contest.
Alabama State garners a handsome pay-day ($515,000) for a huge
beat-down.
Pick: Auburn 51  Alabama St. 6

Kentucky (1-0) at #25 Florida (1-0)
Line: Gators -14 / 49.5
TV: 6:30, SECN
The last time Kentucky beat Florida in Florida was in 1979. That
was 39 years ago, right after disco fever hit the U.S.  New Florida
HC, Dan Mullen’s, Gators whupped up on Charleston last week, 53-6
while Kentucky had to battle a bit to beat Central Michigan 35 -17.
It comes down to defenses and Kentucky’s all SEC RB, Benny Snell. Huge
upset in the Swamp.
Pick: Kentucky 26  Florida 25

Arkansas (1-0) at Colorado St. (0-2)
Line: Razorbacks -11.5 / 68
TV: 6:30, CBSN
The Razorbacks “discovered” a true throwing quarterback in
redshirt junior, Ty Storey.  Storey threw for 216 yards and three TD’s
in the second quarter alone, after the first quarter start went to
sophomore Cole Kelly  This more than made up a complete lack of a
Hog’s rushing game as Arkansas eventually cruised to a 55-20 win over
Eastern Illinois. This week the Razorbacks travel to Ft. Collins to
take on the Colorado State Bulldogs who are winless after losing to
Hawaii and Colorado.  Hogs win, but closer than expected.
Pick: Arkansas 31  Colorado State 23

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