How will the SEC teams fair this week? Let's find out.
|Alabama QB A.J. McCaron|
#3 Alabama @ #25 Penn State
Prediction: Alabama 35, Penn State 21
One of the candidates for my game of the week this week, Penn State vs. Alabama. In reality, the score probably won't be close after the first half. A Penn State team headed by Joe Paterno is always dangerous, and especially at home. However, if Alabama plays like a true top flight SEC team they shouldn't have any trouble escaping a less talented Penn State team. If Alabama doesn't take this game seriously (look at the score last year) they may find themselves in a bit of trouble before the night is thru.
Tennessee vs. Cincinnati
Prediction: Tennessee 42, Cincinnati 14
Tennessee shouldn't have much trouble against this Big East opponent this year. A few years back Cincinnati was a force to be reckoned with in the Big East and in OOC play. Last year, however, they only managed 4 wins against some pretty mediocre opponents. With no real signs of improvement this year, expect Tennessee to handle them at home in front of their giant fanbase.
#12 South Carolina @ Georgia
Prediction: South Carolina 35, Georgia 17
Georgia managed to lose to Boise State last weekend, marking the start of what may be another disappointing year for the Bulldogs. Sadly for Georgia, thier second week opponent is no easier than their first. South Carolina comes into this season fresh off a birth in last year's SEC championship game, and ready for a repeat. Georgia will need to play a much better this week to even keep the game manageable in the second half. If the Bulldogs play anything like how they played against Boise State this will mark a 0-2 start to their season.
Ole Miss vs. Southern Illinois
Prediction: Ole Miss 17, Southern Illinois 7
Ole Miss had a heartbreaking loss last weekend against BYU. After losing a game that was in your hand's to take, will they be able to bounce back this week against Southern Illinois? No, not in the way they would like at least. Southern Illinois won't win this game, but they will manage to keep Ole Miss within a few touchdowns. Ole Miss will look unimpressive this week, but they will win the football game.
#13 Arkansas vs. New Mexico
Prediction: Arkansas 56, New Mexico 7
New Mexico has suffered through the last few football seasons. They were absolutely destroyed last year at Oregon. While I think they have improved slightly this season, Arkansas will simply be too much to handle. Arkansas knows how to score, and putting up points against what will likely be a 1-2 win New Mexico team will not be difficult.
Florida vs. UAB
Prediction: Florida 24, UAB 10
Vanderbilt vs. Connecticut
#1 LSU vs. Northwestern State
Prediction: LSU 63, Northwestern State 10
LSU had no trouble taking out Oregon last week at a neutral site game. In fact, they looked so impressive I raised them up to #1 in my poll. This week against Northwestern State...won't be nearly as exciting as last week vs. Oregon. Simply put, anything besides a 35+ point blowout can be considered a bit of a letdown. This is one game that won't even be close.
#17 Mississippi State @ #20 Auburn
Prediction: Mississippi State 28, Auburn 17
Auburn barely escaped from a WAC opponent at home last week, there's no reason to think they will be able to escape Mississippi State with the same kind of performance this week. Auburn has the luxury of playing this game at home (which saved them against Utah State, if you ask me), but they simply won't have the scoring ability to keep up with Mississippi State this time. Auburn did well to pull out the win last week, they wont be as lucky against the SEC.