Clary's Week Two SEC Predictions
Last week's start wasn't too bad. I'd think anyone would take a 9-2 record. However, I was disappointed because I was hoping for a perfect start. This week I feel very good about my picks, so let's get right to it...
Alabama at Vanderbilt: Nick Saben dives back into the SEC schedule in a favorable way by traveling to Nashville. Alabama's running back Terry Grant should have another 100 yard-plus week, which should allow the Tide to control the time of possession. Vandy wide receiver Earl Bennett had a big week against Richmond, but Alabama should get good pressure on Chris Nickson. If Vandy wants to win, they'll need to give Nickson time to throw. It won't happen.
Alabama 24 Vandy 14
Missouri at Ole Miss: I refuse to think Ole Miss will win two in a row at any point this year. Missouri is 27th in the AP polls, and the Rebels will be no match. BJ Green-Ellis will need to rush for more than 200 yards for the Rebels to have a chance. Once again, it won't happen.
Missouri 31 Ole Miss 7
Troy at Florida: Troy took on an SEC opponent last week, but this week will be worse. Florida QB Tim Tebow had a great start to his era, and he should follow up with another solid performance this week. Troy will have a tougher defense than Western Kentucky, but Tebow won't be tested until the Vols come to town. Expect another big win for the Gators.
Florida 42 Troy 10
Kent at Kentucky: Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson was 20-29 last week, and there's no reason he won't have a repeat performance this week. The Wildcat defense surprisingly was excellent last week, but it won't last. Kent should put some points on the board, but it won't be enough.
Kentucky 49 Kent 20
Mississippi St. at Tulane: Tulane will be playing their first game of the season, and although their rushing attack is nothing to joke about, the Bulldog defense should have no problems. Yes, they gave up 45 points to LSU, but who will look good against the Tigers? The Bulldog offense is the biggest question mark, and this one may have a final score of 3-0. Miss. St. quarterback Michael Hennig may lose his job this week to JUCO transfer Josh Riddell. He can't be worse than six picks.
Mississippi St. 10 Tulane 7
Southern Miss at Tennessee: The Vols played well last week despite the loss, and if they match their performance, they should come out better this week. Southern Miss is no push over, but the Vols are deeper and Erik Ainge will pick apart the Golden Eagles' defense. Tennessee will run up and down the field, but this one will be close.
Tennessee 24 Southern Miss 13
South Florida at Auburn: I really like South Florida, and they will be a contender in the Big East. Auburn snuck by last week, and this will be one great game. If South Florida can win the 1st quarter, this game will be very close. But if Auburn gets off to a great start, the Tigers will cruise. Brandon Cox needs to earn the confidence of his offense, and South Florida will be a good test. In the end, Auburn's team speed will be too much.
Auburn 20 South Florida 10
Virginia Tech at LSU: After the USC-Georgia game, this one will either be therapy or a celebration game for Carolina fans. This is the non-conference game of the year, in my opinion. Expect the Hokies to play much better after having the pressure of last week past them. The problem is they'll have to play out of this world to win. The half time score could easily be 0-0 with these two defenses squaring off, but I expect the second half to be wide open. Virginia Tech QB Sean Glennon will have to bring his "A" game for the Hokies to have a chance. LSU will need to prevent the Va. Tech special teams "special" play, and if they succeed, the Tigers will win
LSU 21 Virginia Tech 17
USC at Georgia: I expect USC to have a great game and look a lot better than last week. I also expect Georgia to play well, and they should be successful on the ground. However, the Georgia passing game will be the key. If the Bulldogs can back USC's safeties up, they'll own the 4th quarter. I think Carolina will have lots of confidence, and look for Jared Cook to have another great performance. Blake Mitchell will have to challenge the young corners of Georgia, because running the ball will be tougher than last week. If USC can have success on the ground, this one will go deep into the 4th quarter. In the end, I expect this game to be like many in the past, and Georgia will pull it out in the end, possibly on a game winning field goal.
Georgia 27 USC 24
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