ITAT SEC West Picks: Week Two

ITAT staff writers and last week's picking contest champion make their SEC football picks.

Editor's Note: The winner of our weekly Inside the Auburn Tigers prediction contest will receive an invitation to join staff members to give their takes in the SEC picks column. Last week's winner, 5xTiger, is our guest. To enter this week's ITAT contest, click on the link: Your Picks

Southern Miss (1-0) at Auburn (1-0), 11:30 a.m. CDT, Raycom
Jason's Take: This game is a test for the Auburn offense as the Tigers come off a game against ULM that netted just 85 passing yards. The good news is that Auburn ran for over 300 yards and is facing a Southern Miss defense that allowed 263 on the ground to Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend. Auburn's defense should be good enough to slow down the Golden Eagles in a win. Auburn 31, USM 17

Mark's Take: The Golden Eagles embarrassed Louisiana-Lafayette on opening day so the Tigers need to beware of the upset against a potentially dangerous opponent. The Tigers, who are still trying to get their new offense running smoothly, should improve to 2-0 whether or not wounded QB Kodi Burns plays or watches. Auburn 38, Southern Miss 17

Stephen's Take: With Kodi Burns' status uncertain, Chris Todd has a chance to silence his critics—i.e. Auburn fans. Todd pulls through and leads the Tigers to an impressive win. Auburn 41 Southern Miss 10

5X Tiger's (Shannon) Take: There's nothing like a supposed lackluster win to get the player's attention. Chris Todd will get his chance to shine this week, but I keep telling myself this is a new offense and they're still learning it. Auburn 28 - Southern Miss 10.

Auburn's Ben Tate is looking for his second 100-yard rushing game of the season.

Ole Miss (1-0) at Wake Forest (1-0), 2:30 p.m. CDT, ABC
Jason's Take: Led by veteran quarterback Riley Skinner, the Demon Deacons got off to a huge start with a big win at Baylor last week. Jevan Snead gets his first big test as the Rebel quarterback this week. Which quarterback plays best may be the difference. I'll go with Skinner in a close one. Wake Forest 27, Ole Miss 24

Mark's Take: You can't call the Demon Deacons Weak Forest anymore after the job Coach Jim Grobe has done in Winston-Salem in building a solid program. The Rebels looked good on opening day vs. Memphis, but this trip into enemy territory may be a bridge too far for the Rebs. Wake Forest 28, Ole Miss 24

Stephen's Take: Do you ever get that feeling when you know that either team you pick, you're going to be wrong? Ole Miss is on the rise but the Deamon Deacons have proven their worth in recent years, and they're playing at home. Wake Forest 28 Ole Miss 27

5X Tiger's (Shannon) Pick:The difference between this week's ACC vs SEC game and last week's is that this week's ACC team is actually well-coached. Wake Forest 28 - Ole Miss 20.

Louisiana-Monroe (0-1) at Arkansas (1-0), 6 p.m. CDT
Jason's Take: Arkansas struggled to beat I-AA Western Illinois last week and it could be much of the same this week against the Warhawks. While they put up little of a fight against Auburn last week, look for ULM to give the Razorbacks all they can handle. Arkansas 24, ULM 21

Mark's Take: Bobby Petrino's Boys will need to step up their performance level as the Warhawks try their luck with SEC competition again this week after having their wings clipped at Auburn. The visitors from Monroe should be more talented than the Western Illinois Leathernecks who gave the Razorbacks a week one scare, but look for Petrino's Pigs to go to 2-0. Arkansas 28, ULM 14

Stephen's Take: The Razorbacks better get a win here before starting murderers row of Texas, Alabama, Florida and Auburn in consecutive games. Western Illinois took Arkansas took the wire and so will the Warhawks. Arkansas 24 ULM 21

5X Tiger's (Shannon) Pick: I don't see anything being easy for Arkansas this year. They'll win but struggle once again in the process. Arkansas 24 - ULM 20

Southeastern Louisiana (1-0) at Mississippi State (0-1), 6 p.m. CDT
Jason's Take: This should be a game to get the Bulldogs back on track as they'll be able to physically run through, over and around the visitors this week. MSU 37, SE Louisiana 13

Mark's Take: Homefield advantage and weaker competition in week two should allow Sylvester Croom's Bulldogs to even their record at 1-1. The Lions from Hammond, La., held off Alcorn State 34-28 last week, but should struggle to score against the Bulldogs. Mississippi State 31, Southeastern Louisiana 7

Stephen's Take: Southeastern Louisiana at Mississippi State has my vote for the least interesting SEC football game for the 2008 season. Boring or not, the Bulldogs need to improve before getting into conference play against Auburn next week. Mississippi State 31 Southeastern Louisiana 14

5X Tiger's (Shannon) Pick: I didn't like MSU last week, but I think this game will be a little more manageable for them. Mississippi State 24 - SE Louisiana 13

Tulane (0-0) at Alabama (1-0), 6:07 p.m. CDT, Pay Per View
Jason's Take: Tulane may put up more of a fight this week than Clemson did against the Crimson Tide, but it will be far from enough to pull off the upset. Look for the Alabama running game to have a big day. Alabama 38, Tulane 20

Mark's Take: This is a renewal of an old series that was played regularly when the Green Wave was an SEC member. Look for the Tide to ride its wave of momentum from its win over Clemson to a second victory in 2008. Alabama 35, Tulane 14

Stephen's Take: Alabama looked to be in mid-season form in its opener against Clemson. Meanwhile, Tulane hasn't played a game and is having to deal with off-the-field distractions. The Crimson Tide washes away the Green Wave. Alabama 38 Tulane 13

5X Tiger (Shannon) Pick: I don't know what I was more impressed with from Saturday night, how good Alabama looked or how bad Clemson looked. Count me as still skeptical on UA. They'll win here, but maybe not as big as some expect. UA 31 - Tulane 17.

SEC East Picks

Week 1Overall%
Stephen9-39-3.750
Mark7-57-5.583
Jason7-57-5.583
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