Like Auburn, most of the SEC teams are playing opponents outside the league in week three of the season. The Tigers' opponent this week, the ULM Warhawks, did not play The Opening week. Last Saturday ULM upset the Arkansas Razorbacks, taking a hard-fought 34-31 overtime victory.
Here is a look at this week's SEC games:
Presbyterian (1-1) at Vanderbilt (0-2)--I thought Vanderbilt had a good chance to win last week at Northwestern, but it didn't happen. This should be a game the Commodores can take with room to spare.
Alabama (2-0, 0-0) at Arkansas (1-1)--With questions about Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson's health after getting battered by ULM's defense, look for Alabama to get out of Fayetteville with a 3-0 record.
UAB (0-1) at South Carolina (2-0)--The Gamecocks' backup quarterback was impressive last week. He didn't even look like the same kid who played against Vandy in the season opener. This should be an easy win for South Carolina.
Florida Atlantic (1-1) at Georgia (2-0)--The Bulldogs shouldn't have any problems earning their third win.
ULM (1-0) at Auburn (0-2)--I think this is a dangerous game for Auburn. If the Tigers play as well as they can play they are going to win, but if they don't this is a game they can lose against a team that really impressed me last week.
One thing about a team like ULM, it is not going to have any spoiled five-star or four-star recruits, or even three-star recruits, unless they transferred there after having problems somewhere else. What they have got is a bunch of kids who were not recruited by LSU, Texas A&M, Auburn and folks like that who are hungry to show what they can do when they get a chance to play against an SEC team.
From what I saw vs. Arkansas, ULM is a well coached team. There is a lot of good coaching going on at every level of college football--not just in the SEC and the other top leagues. Programs like ULM can do a good job evaluating players and then set up great strength and conditioning programs to develop kids who were a little bit under the radar and field a good team.
ULM's little quarterback showed as much guts and play-making ability vs. Arkansas as anybody I have seen this year. Auburn will need to step up and play better on both offense and defense to than it did last week to win and I expect that to happen.
In other games around the country:
Southern Cal (2-0) at Stanford (2-0)--I like the visiting Trojans, who have had some problems with Stanford in recent years in this conference showdown.
Cal (1-1) at Ohio State (2-0)--The Buckeyes should win this one comfortably at home.
Editor's Note: Coach Dye was 7-4 on his week two SEC picks and 9-9 overall bringing his season record to 17-5 for SEC picks and 25-12 overall.