Bama Should Beat Western Kentucky

There are many traditions in college football, and one of them makes less sense than throwing toilet paper into trees. Well, almost less sense. That other ridiculous tradition is trying to predict the outcome of games. Nevertheless, bowing to a request, with little research here is how we see it in the Southeastern Conference this week.

And we understand that some can't wait to see what we think so they can go the other way. This may or may not be a weekly feature, in part depending on how bad it is this week.

Alabama vs. Western Kentucky – There is a reason that Western Kentucky failed to sell out its meager allotment of tickets. And there's a reason a few hundred tickets have not yet been snapped up by Bama fans. With all due respect to the Hilltoppers, this is a mismatch in which Crimson Tide back-up players should get plenty of playing time. Although Nick Saban could probably name the score, it probably won't be a lot worse than what Bama did to Michigan. Alabama, 45-7.

Auburn at Mississippi State – I am so over expecting the Bulldogs to reach expectations. Auburn looks pretty ragged, but they have a few more players than Mississippi State. It won't be a coaching clinic, but Auburn 24, Mississippi State 17.

Florida at Texas A&M – We haven't seen Texas A&M, but can't imagine they would have looked worse than Florida in the season-opener. What is Gators Coach Will Muschamp doing trash-talking College Station? Has he noticed the play of Florida since he took over the asylum? If Texas A&M had hired Kevin Sumlin a year earlier, this would be a beat-down. As it is, make it Aggies 28, Gators 20.

Georgia at Missouri – There is a temptation to pick the Tigers to upset Georgia in Missouri's first game as a member of the SEC. The SEC East looks to have about five middle-of-the-road teams and two weak teams. A shaky guess at Georgia 28, Missouri 124.

Washington at LSU – This game will feature a lot of purple. Washington has an outstanding offensive mind in Coach Steve Sarkisian, but he doesn't have nearly the players that Les Miles has at LSU. This game sounds better than it will be. LSU 38, Washington 20.

UTEP at Ole MissMike Price didn't get to coach in the SEC, but if he could he would have wanted to coach against this Ole Miss team. UTEP made life hard for Oklahoma last week, which doesn't bode well for the Rebels. Call it destiny: UTEP 28, Ole Miss 14.

Louisiana-Monroe at Arkansas – There has been a lot of talk about Monroe this week because Alabama lost to that team in Saban's first season with the Tide. But that Bama team was not very good. Arkansas has plenty of offense and will trounce Monroe, 42-17.

East Carolina at South Carolina – There have been many years when East Carolina was better than Vanderbilt, but this isn't one of them. The Commodores gave Steve Spurrier's team all it wanted last week. The Pirates won't be able to hang with the Gamecocks. South Carolina 38, East Carolina 14.

Kent State at Kentucky -- Nick Saban's alma mater made a trip into SEC country last year and got a whipping at the hands of Alabama to open the 2011 season. Kentucky certainly is no Alabama, but Kent State is still Kent State. The Wildcats were badly out-matched last week against Louisville, but get a win over the Golden Flashes, 28-14.

Vanderbilt at Northwestern – Isn't Northwestern in the Big 10? If the officiating crew is from the Big 10, the Commodores will have a better chance than with SEC officials, based on last week's game against South Carolina. Vandy with a road win, 28-24.

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