SEC Football: 5 Trap Games of Week 2
Just on the horizon are a number of early-season Southeastern Conference battles that will help decide not only the league champion, but the BCS national champion as well.
With the anticipation building for monumental games like Texas A&M's Sept. 14 tilt with Alabama, it is easy for teams to overlook opponents in early nonconference action.
That is the definition of a trap game.
Find out what the Aggies can expect with the Crimson Tide one week away and which other SEC teams might be caught looking ahead in college football's second week of action.
Sam Houston State vs. Texas A&M
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With No. 1 Alabama looming next week, Texas A&M faces a classic trap game against a solid opponent in Sam Houston State.
To make the situation worse, the Aggies crushed the Bearkats last season, jumping out to a 47-0 lead before letting off the gas and cruising to a 47-28 victory.
A&M already has enough distractions with the hoopla surrounding Johnny Manziel, so head coach Kevin Sumlin needs to do all he can to keep his team focused on the task at hand.
The Bearkats know how to win too, as they made it to the FCS championship game in each of the last two seasons.
Western Kentucky vs. Tennessee
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Tennessee will take on five ranked opponents in its next six games after this week's contest with Western Kentucky.
While that gives the Volunteers plenty to look ahead at, the Hilltoppers will enter Knoxville at 1-0 after knocking off their first SEC foe, Kentucky.
UT has no time to plan for Oregon next week, as its hands will be full with WKU.
Toledo vs. Missouri
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Missouri exploded for a 58-14 victory over Murray State in Week 1, but will face a tougher test in Week 2.
There is no doubt Toledo will be out to prove it has what it takes to take down an SEC team after last week's result against Florida.
The Rockets fell to the Gators 24-6 in Week 1, but will like their own chances to beat Missouri much more.
With a tough SEC schedule looming, the Tigers must collect as many non-conference wins as possible to make it back to bowl eligibility.
Arkansas State vs. Auburn
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It is always tricky when a head coach has to line up against his former team.
For Gus Malzahn and Auburn, that situation will be especially difficult given the talent of the Arkansas State team on the other side of the field.
The Red Wolves finished 10-3 in each of the last three seasons and will be thirsty for a victory over a BCS conference opponent, particularly Auburn.
The Tigers, meanwhile, looked good but not great in Week 1 against Washington State, and will need to move forward to take care of business against Arkansas State.
UAB vs. LSU
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UAB probably shouldn't be considered a trap game for LSU.
However, the Tigers proved last season that they are prone to being trapped, as a slow start saw them trailing 9-7 in the second quarter to Towson.
Just like last season, national title aspirations will be on LSU's mind.
Even with those thoughts, the Tigers should be able to handle the Blazers. Then again, that is exactly the kind of thinking that results in trap games.