After a solid opening week of play for the SEC, some will have creampuffs and some will have tough challenges to face in Week 2. Here are my predictions:
Nicholls State 10, Georgia 42 – As most people expect, Georgia cruise pass FCS Nicholls State on this early Saturday morning, resting the starters after the first half and racking up 500 yards of total offense as they also return a kickoff for a TD.
Prairie View A&M 7, Texas A&M 59 – Texas A&M will obliterate the Panthers, with Josh Reynolds and Christian Kirk each scoring two touchdowns for the Aggies in the first half. After the first, the Aggies will pull the starters, and get them ready for Auburn in Week 3.
Kentucky 20, Florida 23 – I think Kentucky starts out strong in the Swamp, as their defense steps up big-tim through the first three quarters. In the end, I think Florida’s experience in the stretch will help the Gators and ultimately lead them to a last-minute field-goal to secure the win. This will be another heartbreaking loss for the Wildcats in Gainesville, as last time they played three OTs before the game was decided.
Western Kentucky 14, Alabama 44 – Alabama cruises in this one after the hard-fought USC game last week that they pulled out in the final minutes. For WKU, who lost their best player ever, Brandon Doughty, are not the team they were last year, in the top-25. The Crimson Tide roll and rest key starters after the first half.
Wofford 12, Ole Miss 62 – Ole Miss destroys the Terriers in a laugher. Honestly, some of these games scheduled by these teams are embarrassing. As fans of teams, you basically get a bye week and get to rest your starters for half of the game. My predictions for the game are that Chad Kelly throws for over 250 yards in the first half and the Ole Miss allow just four field goals.
Middle Tennessee 31, Vanderbilt 25 – I think the Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee have enough in this one to beat an SEC school. Middle Tennessee has had some good football years and I think they are ready to take on Vanderbilt and give C-USA a win against an SEC school for the first time in a while.
South Carolina 23, Mississippi State 34 – StarkVegas. The Bulldogs have an SEC game at home against an awful-looking Carolina team. After coming off a win the previous week, I think the Gamecocks hang around the entire game until Miss St. pulls away and improve to 2-0 behind Nick Fitzgerald.
Arkansas 17, TCU 26 – I think both defenses will lock the opposing offenses in place for the first half, as TCU takes the lead into the break with a slim margin. Up by 6 in the fourth, the Razorbacks need a key stop with 5 minutes to go in the game. With 2 minutes left, the Horned Frogs are stopped at the 30. Arkansas has to force a miss, but the kicker nails the long FG and secures the in for TCU, as another Big 12 school beats an SEC school.
Arkansas State 28, Auburn 35 – Auburn might have a tough time with the Red Wolves, a #25 ranked team from last year, but eventually the Tigers will shake off a bad start and put away Arkansas State in the end. I think State puts a TD on the board late to make it a one touchdown ballgame.
Jacksonville State 20, LSU 35 –You cannot sleep on this Jacksonville State team. They are a run and gun squad that have lots of offensive firepower that led them to the FCS National Championship last season against North Dakota St., but ended up losing. Also, they almost pulled of an upset against Auburn last year. I think LSU’s offense is too much for the defense of the Gamecocks and LSU ends up pulling out a W in a hard-fought game.
Eastern Michigan 7, Missouri 24 – In this game, they won’t be much scoring because Missouri’s defense is a whole lot better than their offense. I think Missouri will lead 21-0 after the third, so they pull their starters then, and secure the W by 17.
Tennessee 41, Virginia Tech 21 – Tennessee has a great team this year, and Josh Dobbs, Jalen Hurd, and various receivers will lead a balanced offensive attack, scoring five TDs in a rout of the Hokies, who really can’t do much to defend the potent offense of Tennessee in this one, who get to rest starters after the third quarter.
After Week Two, I think coaches and fans have a pretty good idea of who will be playing the rest of the season for their team and how they will be successful based off of the games they have had. From my predictions, the SEC will have one winless team and seven undefeated with the ultimate goal either going undefeated, reaching the conference championship, and making the CFB Playoffs.
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