SEC Week 1 Wrap & Week 2 Predictions

Qbot QwertContributor ISeptember 9, 2010

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: Quarterback Greg McElroy #12 of the University of Alabama throws during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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Power Rankings (Mainly performance based)

SEC West:

1. Alabama

The rebuilding secondary got some training, while new RBs Eddie Lacy and Demetrius Goode, along with backup QB AJ McCarron got some reps. All did well, excepting Lacy's fumble. The new kickers and punter also looked good and C.J. Mosley had some nice pass breakups. Robert Lester shined in his new starting role alongside Mark Barron.

2. Mississippi State

A solid win against Memphis of Conference USA.

3. Arkansas

While winning, the Razorbacks gave up three turnovers against FCS competition.

4. Auburn

The offense looked possibly better than last year. Cameron Newton looks like Tim Tebow, Jr. The good news for Auburn is unlike Tebow, he's willing to hand it off to the running backs . The bad news for Auburn? Alabama was able to handle Tebow Sr. The other bad news for Auburn? Either Arkansas State's QB is a Heisman contender, or the Tigers' defense is still pitiful. They also gave up 26 points and 256 yards to a team that has only beaten an SEC team once. That win was against Ole Miss in 1915, well before the SEC itself came into existence.

5. LSU

Les Miles almost signed his death warrant, coming extremely close to losing to a UNC team that was down 15 starters.

On the flip side, Patrick Petersen played well.

6. Ole Miss

Ole Miss gets hit by the karma boomerang, falling to an FCS team in a complete embarrassment to the SEC. Stanley and Masoli looked good, but where was the Rebels' defense?

SEC East

1. South Carolina

The Gamecocks were impressive on opening night.

2. Georgia

Georgia was solid but will be without Green for three more weeks.

3. Kentucky

Hartline, Cobb, and Locke played well in a rivalry game. The defense started to fade late.

4. Tennessee

The Vols pitched a shutout against an FCS team.

5. Florida

The Gators looked embarrassingly bad on offense.

6. Vanderbilt

The Commodores almost beat Northwestern. They seem to be playing better than last year.

Week 2 Predictions

Auburn @ Mississippi St

This looks like a close one, but judging by last week, Miss St will be too much for the Tigers' lackluster defense.

Georgia @ South Carolina

This one also looks to be close. With home field advantage and A. J. Green out, the advantage seems to go to USC.

South Florida @ Florida

It looks like Florida's anemic offense will squeeze by due to the defense.

LSU @ Vanderbilt

Sorry, Vandy, even Les Miles can beat you.

Penn State @ Alabama

Can the Tide's defense hold up with so many green players and no Dareus? I think so but it looks closer than most fans would like.

La-Monroe @ Arkansas

Notch up an easy one for Arky.

Oregon @ Tennessee

Oregon blanked New Mexico 72-0 last week, while Tennessee shut out UT-Martin 55-0.  While UT may put up an admirable fight, the Ducks look strong, even without Masoli and Lamichael James.

Western Kentucky @ Kentucky

All the Wildcats need to do is show up and play.

Ole Miss @ Tulane

It's time for Nutt and the Rebels to show they can still play. Lose this one and the season's lost.


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