SEC Football: Predicting Winners of Best Week 2 Matchups Involving SEC Teams

Nicholas GossCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2012

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 02: Quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs sets for play against the Michigan State Spartans in the Outback Bowl January 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The SEC did very well in Week 1 of the new college football season, as Alabama's impressive victory over Big Ten powerhouse Michigan proved how far ahead of its competitors the SEC is.

Week 2 features several intriguing matchups involving SEC teams, including a showdown against a Pac-12 power that will give the SEC another opportunity to display its dominance.

Let's predict the winners of the best Week 2 matchups involving SEC teams.


No. 23 Florida vs. Texas A&M

Texas A&M will play its first SEC game in school history on Saturday versus the Florida Gators. After their season opener against Louisiana Tech was postponed last week, the Aggies will look to make an early-season statement against a conference opponent that they are capable of beating.

The Gators beat an inferior Bowling Green team 27-14 last week, struggling to pass the ball well consistently.

If the Aggies defense can pressure Florida's quarterbacks, who will be in a hostile environment at Kyle Field, Texas A&M should win this game.

Of course, it will be critical for A&M to win the turnover and field-position battles as well.

Prediction: Texas A&M wins 31-27


No. 6 Georgia vs. Missouri

Missouri will also play its first-ever SEC game on Saturday, but it will face a very tough opponent in Georgia.

Bulldogs quarterback Aaron Murray is one of the best players in the country and will rack up a ton of yards against the Tigers defense if it doesn't pressure him consistently.

If the Tigers are successful in pressuring Murray, he can be prone to mistakes. He's not the most accurate quarterback, so putting pressure on him could result in interceptions.

Missouri must also run the ball well to defeat Georgia. The Bulldogs have an athletic defense, so it's important that the Tigers make their blocks and follow their assignments.

If Missouri can run for 200-plus yards, it will have a chance to win. Unfortunately, it's hard to imagine the Tigers having that much success on the ground because the potent Georgia offense will score a lot of points. This will force the Tigers to throw the ball more often than they would prefer.

Missouri will not be an easy opponent for Georgia, but an upset isn't likely to happen.

Prediction: Georgia wins 35-24


No. 3 LSU vs. Washington

After dominating North Texas 41-14 in their season opener, the LSU Tigers will continue their out-of-conference schedule with a matchup against Pac-12 power Washington.

The Tigers rushed for an impressive 316 yards last week, and against a poor Huskies defense, expect head coach Les Miles to rely on his running game again.

Washington, led by dynamic quarterback Keith Price, was only able to defeat San Diego State 21-12 last week and will have lots of trouble against one of the country's top defenses.

Expect LSU to dominate Washington and improve to 2-0 on the season.

Prediction: LSU wins 45-10