SEC Week Two: Previews and Predictations

J. NewcastleContributor ISeptember 8, 2010

SEC Week Two: Previews and Predictations

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    One week of SEC football is past, and with a few exceptions (Ole Miss, Florida, and Vanderbilt) things went as expected. Now it's time to take a look at this week's slate of games.

    For more in-depth analysis, listen to my weekly podcast analyzing each game at SEC Football Breakdown and also download on ITunes.

    Last week I went 10-1 (Thanks a lot, Ole Miss!) and am 10-1 for the year.

    Here's this week's schedule:

    Auburn @ Mississippi State
    South Carolina vs. Georgia
    Florida vs. South Florida
    LSU @ Vanderbilt
    Arkansas vs. UL-Monroe
    Kentucky vs. W. Kentucky
    Ole Miss @ Tulane
    Tennessee vs. Oregon
    Alabama vs. Penn State

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South Carolina Vs. Georgia

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    ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Backup quarterback Aaron Murray #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    This one has major implications riding on it, as both teams jockey for position in the SEC East race. Both the Gamecocks and Bulldogs looked sharp in their season openers–Georgia without RB Washaun Ealey or WR AJ Green–and this one should feature a lot of points. Without A.J. Green on the field, the Bulldogs will have to be balanced on offense in order to keep what appears to be a much improved SC offense on the sidelines. The difference in this one will be Georgia's defense, as they have all but ditched the tentative approach that plagued them for the last couple years and gone to a more attacking style. This will give SC QB Steven Garcia fits all night. It'll be close early but the Bulldogs will pull away late.

    Georgia 37, South Carolina 28

Florida Vs. South Florida

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    TALLAHASSEE, FL - NOVEMBER 29: Receiver Jeffrey Demps #2 of the Florida Gators runs against the Florida State Seminoles during the first half at Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 29, 2008 in Tallahassee, Florida.  Florida defeated Fl
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    Florida looked plain disorganized against Miami (OH) in week one and I'm sure Gators fans are wondering what Urban Meyer will do to right this ship. It's a test this week against South Florida, who seemed to be on the same track as before under new coach Skip Holtz but they still are a very young team going against a retooling, talent-laden one. Florida's defense is very good and I suspect that offense will be firing on all cylinders this week. It might be a close first half but Florida will win this one convincingly.

    Florida 44, South Florida 17

LSU @ Vanderbilt

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 07:  Head coach Les Miles of the Louisiana State University Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    I guess it's finally time for me to exit the Les Miles/LSU train. That's a talented team, but I no longer have any confidence he can coach them consistently enough to be anything more than mid-tier in the SEC. Vanderbilt: hats off to you and that coaching staff for fighting hard against Northwestern. All that aside, not even Les Miles' idiocy can mess up the talent differential for the Commodores to win this game. LSU will win, but does is it really impress anyone? It's like Mike Tyson after he bit off Holyfield's ear. Sure he knocked out a bunch of tomato can opponents, but no one was in fear anymore. Same for LSU.

    LSU 31, Vandy 10

Arkansas Vs. UL-Monroe

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Texas A&M Aggies at Cowboys Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
    Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Arkansas gets another chance to tune up the offense before heading into SEC play next week. I expect to see Arkansas work more of the running game this week but Mallett will have another monster game.

    Arkansas 45, UL Monroe 20*

    *20 points because Arkansas patently refuses defense.

Kentucky Vs. Western Kentucky

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Derrick Locke #20 of the Kentucky Wildcats against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    Kentucky needs a breather after a hard fought win over Louisville in the opener. They'll get it here. W. Kentucky should have never made the jump to D1 competition because they are totally outmatched even against Kentucky.

    Kentucky 33, Western Kentucky 12

Ole Miss @ Tulane

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Houston Nutt of the Mississippi Rebels during the AT&T Cotton Bowl on January 2, 2010 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    You know I would have said Tulane didn't stand a chance against Ole Miss in this one a week ago. I also thought the same about Jacksonville State. After that thorough embarrassment the Rebels travel to Tulane (really?) and try to keep the wheels from coming completely off. Ole Miss has the talent to beat Tulane. But again, I thought the same last week. Hopefully Nutt gets things right this week in New Orleans.

    Ole Miss 23, Tulane 14

Tennessee Vs. Oregon

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    EUGENE, OR - SEPTEMBER 04: Running back Kenjon Barner #24 of the Oregon Ducks heads for the endzone and a touchdown in the first quarter of the game against the New Mexico Lobos at Autzen Stadium on September 4, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. Barner had 225 tota
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    Look I'm glad Tennessee laid the wood to little ole UT-Martin last week but that is no indication of this week's game. Oregon possesses way too much speed for Tennessee to be able to contain.(That's why they get the picture featured.) Even with the home field advantage, the Volunteers just don't have the horses to consistently do anything against the Oregon defense. Oregon's offense will do way too much for Tennessee to be able to contain. Oregon is going to get a jump in national stature by blowing out a traditionally strong SEC team this week, and they deserve all of it.

    Oregon 46, Tennessee 13

Alabama Vs. Penn State

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for an 11-yard gain after a catch as cornerback Aaron Williams #4 of the Texas Longhorns tackles him in the second quarter of the Citi BCS National Championship
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    It's an old rivalry and a very interesting match up between and SEC and Big 10 power. The 101K will be rocking the bleachers in this one, but Alabama fans should know this is going to be a fight. Penn State will be fired up and ready for them, and I think they will give Alabama game–for three quarters. After that, Alabama's superior depth and experience will kick in and finish off the Nittany Lions, but it will be not be easy.

    Alabama 24, Penn State 16

So There You Have It

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