Week Two of the college football season is now in the books. After beginning the season 11-1 in the first edition of the SEC Picks, I followed up by going 5-1 in Week Two.
Week Two Recap
• I picked Alabama to win 48-6. After struggling in the first half, they finished off FIU 40-14.
• Auburn continued its high-threat offense by downing Mississippi State 49-14. I had the Tigers winning 26-13.
• Florida made short work of Troy, winning 56-6. I thought Troy would hang in there a bit closer, predicting a 38-10 Gator victory.
• Georgia bounced back after the Oklahoma State loss to beat South Carolina 41-37. I anticipated a much lower score of 21-10 in UGA’s favor.
• The Tigers of Louisiana State had a battle on their hands with Vanderbilt, but managed to pull out a 23-9 win. I had the Bayou Bengals winning 30-14.
The Game of the Week
Tennessee looked good in week one. Expectations were high for the Vols to run over the Bruins of UCLA. However, the Bruins came ready to play.
The game was a bit sloppy, in my opinion. The UT offense looked a bit lethargic. There is much work left to be done in Knoxville, but Kiffin has the tools in place to get it going in the right direction.
I expected a Vol win by the score of 33-20, but the Bruins held on to squeak out the upset by the final of 19-15.
Week Two Summary
Tennessee gave me my only loss of the week. The LSU game was my closest prediction. I had the Tigers winning by 16 when in fact they won by 14. I had Auburn doubling up on Mississippi State by a score of 26-13, but they actually doubled up the Bulldogs with one point to spare, winning 49-24. Now on to…
Week Three Picks
North Texas 1-1 (0-0) at No. 4 Alabama 2-0 (0-0)
The Mean Green are without their starting quarterback this week. It won’t make a difference though. Alabama has 10 sacks on the season already. Look for the Tide to dominate this one.
Prediction: ‘Bama 48, North Texas 6
No. 23 Georgia 1-1 (1-0) at Arkansas 1-0 (0-0)
This is perhaps the closest matchup of the week. Georgia’s defense seems to have left Athens, while the Arkansas offense looks to be very potent. On the other side of the ball, Georgia could have its way with an average Hog defense. This may come down to the team who has the ball last.
Prediction: UGA 30, Arkansas 28
West Virginia 2-0 (0-0) at Auburn 2-0 (1-0)
This one will be a closely contested battle, I do believe. Auburn will have revenge on their minds, while West Virginia will be looking to repeat from last year’s great clash in Morgantown.
Auburn looks good on offense, and the Mountaineers look to be a threat offensively as well. The winner will find themselves in the top-25 come Sunday afternoon, and in the end I believe that the home team wins.
Prediction: Auburn 27, West Virginia 20
Louisville 1-0 (0-0) at Kentucky 1-0 (0-0)
The battle of the blue grass will take place this weekend. Louisville was unimpressive in week one, while UK rolled big. They’ll need another big game this week to help them prep for the next two weeks as they host No. 1 Florida and then No. 4 Alabama.
This in-state rivalry should go to the Wildcats who I believe are a pretty decent team.
Prediction: UK 30, Louisville 20
Louisiana-Lafayette 2-0 (0-0) at No. 9 LSU 2-0 (1-0)
Not much to elaborate on here. The Tigers and Ragin’ Cajuns are no strangers, but after Saturday’s matchup one team will wish they were.
Prediction: LSU 40, Lafayette 10
SE Louisiana 2-0 (0-0) at No. 5 Ole Miss 1-0 (0-0)
Not much to elaborate with this one. Just look for it to get ugly for the Lions.
Prediction: Ole Miss 54, SE LA 7
Mississippi State 1-1 (0-1) at Vanderbilt 1-1 (0-1)
This should be a good matchup of lower-tier SEC teams. I think the Bulldogs may be slightly better, but Vandy at home will present a big challenge. Close—very close—but to the winner go the spoils. Eat up Mr. Bulldog.
Prediction: State 21, Vandy 20
Florida Atlantic 0-1 (0-0) at South Carolina 1-1 (0-1)
The Gamecocks put up some points last week. Look for more of the same this week against the Owls of Florida Atlantic. As for the Owls, look for them to double their season total in points, which ain’t sayin’ a lot!
Prediction: USC 39, FL Atlantic 6
Game of the Week: Tennessee 1-1 (0-0) at No. 1 Florida 2-0 (0-0)
Now, I know what some may be thinking: How could this possibly be the game of the week? Florida will crush that “Big Orange.”
True, Florida will crush UT this week, but could any other game be so highly anticipated? Moreover, could any other game with a 30-point line be any more anticipated? I don’t think so.
There is no love lost between these two teams. Urban won’t display it outwardly, but inwardly you know he wants to see records broken and this matter settled they way it should be: on the field.
Oh, yeah, remember that revenge is sweet, and bitter sweet. Just ask the Dawgs from Athens about receiving the bitter end of a revenge game. Just ask Florida how to execute and deliver that revenge. Or, better yet, just watch the game and experience it for yourself.
This will be a long day for the Vol Nation. I wonder what the record for chanting "Gator Bait" is?
Prediction: Florida 45, UT 10
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