Week 2 was another that had a couple of surprise results as we try to work out who is good – and who is not – in the SEC this season. Week 3 is coming fast.
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 4-3. Picking Vandy over LSU was the only one I would really call a disaster.
Closest Pick: Florida 38, South Carolina 20. Actual was Gators 38, Gamecocks 24. Any time I am in a touchdown for the total game score I will take it.
Season Results: 9-5
(4) Florida @ (21) Texas A&M – Kyle Trask is going to have a monster game against a secondary that made Vanderbilt’s Ken Seals look good and Alabama’s Mac Jones look like a future No. 1 overall pick. Kellen Mond will continue to be good enough without doing anything to be spectacular and the Gators will cruise in the second half. Florida 41, A&M 28.
Mizzou @ (17) LSU – This one has been moved to Columbia but it won’t matter. LSU QB Myles Brennan has made too many mistakes through two games, but he has also passed for seven touchdowns and gone over 330 yards each time. He will do the same here. LSU 38, Mizzou 21.
South Carolina @ Vandy – Someone has to win this battle of 0-2 teams. Vanderbilt can’t move the ball on offense with an SEC worst mark for tackles for a loss allowed. South Carolina isn’t really moving the ball much either, but this is the game for QB Collin Hill to step up. South Carolina 27, Vandy 21.
(14) Tennessee @ (3) Georgia – Tennessee won’t be able to run the ball against a UGA defensive front that has given up just 116 total yards at a ridiculous 2.3 yards per carry. Stetson Bennett will do enough deep to get to Tennessee and Jarrett Guarantano won’t keep up. Georgia 34, Tennessee 14.
Arkansas @ (13) Auburn – Arkansas has been better than expected, but they are living off of turnovers for field position. Auburn won’t give them the ball and will be comfortable after the first quarter. Auburn 35, Arkansas 17.
(2) Alabama @ Ole Miss – The weather is going to play a big part in this one. I would have taken ‘Bama even before the Hurricane Delta impact, but the ground game behind Najee Harris is just going to be too much for Ole Miss. Alabama 31, Ole Miss 14.
Mississippi State @ Kentucky – Running machine vs. passing assault. Kentucky needs to control clock and get the Bulldogs off of the field here in a game they almost have to have to save their season. The pass D will show up after being absent this week and the desperation will be enough of a motivator. Kentucky 34, Mississippi State 28.