SEC Football Predictions: Week 2, the Winners and the Losers

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2011

He runs the edges as well as the middle. Vick Ballard of MSU
He runs the edges as well as the middle. Vick Ballard of MSURick Dole/Getty Images

It wasn't too hard to pick the week one winners, but predicting the scores didn't go as planned but I came close in some games.

Remember, these are just my opinions and are based off of limited research. I don't check in and see what Vegas says so consult your professional in order to hedge your bets. 

We got a little glimpse out of some of the team's play last weekend, but nothing that was concrete. Alabama rotated quarterbacks in what most would call an irregular fashion. South Carolina didn't start their number one quarterback but quickly moved to him to regain composure and LSU's defense showed that they can maul some Ducks.

UConn at Vanderbilt: The Dores had a convincing win over Elon but that's not really saying much. As for the Huskies, who are transitioning with a new coach—well, they played Fordham and definitely didn't allow as many yards in the air as Vandy did last week. I'm going out on a limb and say that Vandy wins. 24-21

Cincinnati at Tennessee: This is a tough game to call. Cincy beat the tar out of Austin Peay but who hasn't? I don't buy the Bears going from a 99th total offense in 2010 to eighth right off the bat in 2011. UT wins this one with little room to spare. 31-28

South Carolina at UGA: The Dawgs looked dismal against the Broncos last weekend and I expect the same against the Gamecocks. UGA doesn't have enough play makers nor respect for the game. Maybe they can "tweet off" again for this game. South Carolina wins big. 35-17

Central Michigan at Kentucky: After Thursday night's performance who is to say UK will be able to stop anybody? I still think they stop Central Michigan. 24-14

UAB at Florida: The Blazers already took their bye week, good for them, good for every team they face. Brantley is getting into his rhythm and the offense seems to be clicking. The Gators handle the Dragons easily. 41-13

Southern Illinois at Ole Miss: After another debilitating season opening loss the Black Bears need a win to help them with confidence. This will do it, but it will not carry too far. 28-10

Mississippi State at Auburn: Wow, after MSU's route over an immeasurably pathetic Memphis Tigers and Auburn's lack luster opening performance against a Utah State bridesmaids team one would surmise that the Dawgs would beat their second Tiger on their way to a trifecta! One would be right. MSU wins. 35-28

Northwestern State at LSU: Defense, defense, and more defense is what LSU brings to the table. This game is about working out the offensive passing kinks. LSU wins it easily. 48-10

New Mexico at Arkansas: The Lobos are nothing to sneeze at and the Hogs want even give them the pleasure. Hogs tusk the wolves. 45-13

Alabama at Penn State: The Tide will start and stick with A.J. McCarron at quarterback. The offensive line will have to handle Penn's rush defense better than they did Kent State, which means minimal rotation on that line this week in practice. Defensively the Tide will shut down the running game and force the Lions to throw more than they would like. Do unto others as Penn State would do to you! In the end Alabama's rushing and passing defense is just a little more stout than the Nittany Lions. 27-17 


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