Second Week Has Mostly Cupcakes
The only one we truly cared about in the opening week was Alabama, and we picked the Crimson Tide to win, though we were off a bit on the score, going with Tide 42, Virginia Tech 6. It was only 35-10.
We were particularly good on our pick of Clemson 39, Georgia 35. It was 38-35 in favor of the Fighting Dabos.
We missed on Kentucky, but our hearts were hardly in it. Western Kentucky defeated the Wildcats, dropping UK to no better than the third best football team in the Commonwealth.
Coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide has a bye week in this second weekend of college football, but Bama doesn't have it much easier than most of its SEC brethren with a long list of cupcakes on the schedule. No wonder teams make the biggest improvement from the first game to the second game. Most of them don't play anyone in the second game.
(Incidentally, we have heard the argument that Texas A&M has an advantage over Alabama when the two meet in College Station a week from Saturday because Texas A&M is playing that second game this week while Alabama is not. Rest assured that Alabama will have a second game. It comes against A&M. And don't think that Bama practices in the open week haven't provided Tide players with as much action as Aggies are going to get this week.)
But on to the picks:
So Miami is playing a doubleheader against the SEC?
No, wait. Florida is at Miami of the Sun Belt and Kentucky hosts Miami from the Rust Belt.
Florida at Miami – The Gators have some questions on offense, but the defense looks solid enough to get another SEC victory over the ACC. Florida 27, Miami 17.
Miami at Kentucky – The Wildcats had a very bad team last year. Although it looks like recruiting is going well for the future, in the present UK is going to have a tough time. Nevertheless, Kentucky 31, Miami (Ohio) 10.
Arkansas State at Auburn – The last time Gus Malzahn coached a powerhouse team was when he was at Arkansas State last year. The last time Auburn saw a scoreboard that read 49-0 was in Bryant-Denny Stadium last year. Auburn 49, Arkansas State 0.
Samford at Arkansas – Former Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan takes his Birmingham Bulldogs to Fayetteville to go up against new Arkansas Coach Bret Bielema, and Sullivan's job is to bring back all his players plus the big check to give to AD Martin Newton, son of former Alabama Basketball Coach C.M. Newton. This could look like a basketball score on one side. Arkansas 49, Samford 0.
UAB at LSU – Why in the world Alabama-Birmingham ever started a football program is beyond me, but the Blazers do provide cannon fodder for the big boys. LSU 49, UAB 0.
Toledo at Missouri – Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel and Alabama Coach Nick Saban played together at Kent State. Saban later coached at Toledo. But he doesn't coach at Toledo now. Missouri 35, Toledo 17.
We thought we knew all the states, but apparently there are a couple that slipped by us.
Alcorn State at Mississippi State – Mississippi State's Dan Mullen should win this battle of coaching wits because he has much better players. Mississippi State 27, Alcorn State 17.
Sam Houston State at Texas A&M – Although this looks like a tune-up game, Sam Houston State is pretty good in its element. Of course, College Station is not its element. Unless Aggies Coach Kevin Sumlin has something on his mind besides coaching, and assuming A&M didn't make the classic mistake of preparing for Bama instead of Sam Houston State, this should be easy. Texas A&M 49, Sam Houston State 0.
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt – Last week, Austin Peay lost by 45-0 at Tennessee. Vandy is better than Tennessee. Vanderbilt 49, Austin Peay 0.
Western Kentucky at Tennessee – Last week, Western Kentucky defeated Kentucky. Tennessee is better than Kentucky, and better than Western Kentucky, too. Tennessee 35, WKU 21.
Southeast Missouri at Ole Miss – It would have made more sense for the SEC to have taken Southeast Missouri into the league than it was to take Missouri. At least the former has "Southeast" in its name. That team has not fared well against the SEC, though, having been outscored 147-10 in previous meetings. Not much changes. Ole Miss 49, Southeast Missouri 0.
South Carolina at Georgia – There is one game that stands out in the SEC this weekend as Eastern Division heavyweights go at it. Since Georgia started the season with a loss, the Bulldogs have their backs to the wall from a national standpoint. So who will show up in a big game? Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who usually doesn't, or South Carolina defensive star Jadeveon Clowney, who looked like a dog in the opener? In big college games, go with the best coach. South Carolina 31, Georgia 17.
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