Sacrificial lambs such as Florida Atlantic, Nicholls State, Eastern Michigan, San Jose State, Ohio U, Sam Houston, UAB and Lamar will be visiting SEC campuses on Saturday. Alabama, Auburn and Florida are favored by 31 to 40 points each. Las Vegas won’t even post odds for games involving LSU, Texas A&M and Arkansas. Is everyone celebrating homecoming weekend already?
The three members of InsideTennessee’s football picks panel went 10-2 each predicting SEC games straight up last weekend. All three missed on Texas A&M’s trouncing of South Carolina and Temple’s beat-down of Vanderbilt. Josh Woodward had the best record versus the spread, going 8-3-1. Danny Parker and Randy Moore went 7-4-1 each. The tie was two-point favorite Penn State’s two-point win against Central Florida.
Here are this week’s IT staff picks:
JOSH WOODWARD (10-2, 8-3-1 vs. line)
Florida Atlantic at Alabama (-40): What a horrible game this will be, it would be better if Alabama scrimmaged. 55-14 Crimson Tide
Nicholls State at Arkansas (no line): Arkansas looked great running the ball against Auburn. They will look even better against Nicholls State. 48-10 Arkansas
San Jose State at Auburn (-31): This should be another sleeper for the weekend. 63-10 Auburn
Eastern Michigan at Florida (-38): I heard it was going to rain this one out also. Gators have a new offense, I believe they will struggle to score early. They have a great defense that will hold Eastern Michigan to very little on offense. 28-6 Gators
Ohio U at Kentucky (-13): Could be the game of the week in the SEC, Kentucky looked great last weekend, so let's see what they are really made of against the mighty Ohio U. I believe they have recruited enough talent to win this game. 35-17 Wildcats
Sam Houston at LSU (no line):Sam Houston will lead till the second half and then LSU will start the comeback. Sound familiar? 46-9 LSU
Ole Miss (-20) at Vanderbilt: Vanderbilt got beat by Temple, Ole Miss looked average against a not so hot Boise State team. This might come down to home field advantage. Oh wait there will be more Ole Miss fans in Nashville than Vandy. I do think Vandy plays better this week. 35-17 Ole Miss
UAB at Mississippi State (-27.5): Miss State could be the surprise team in the West. They have a good QB and solid defense. This should be a blow out. 48-14 Bulldogs
East Carolina at South Carolina (-16.5): South Carolina needs to bounce back after the pounding they took from Texas A&M. I think they do. 35-17 South Carolina
Lamar at Texas A&M (no line): Sorry, but I have never heard of Lamar. Is this the fighting Lamar Odoms'? Shouldn't be a problem for A&M unless a Kardashian shows up. 63-9 Aggies
USC at Stanford (-2.5) Game of the week in College Football, I see Stanford controlling the clock by pounding the football. I think USC is a year away from being a national power again. 28-24 Cardinal
Arkansas State at Tennessee (-16):Tennessee surprised some folks last week by pounding Utah State, the question is how good was Utah State? This week will tell us more since there should be some letdown from this young team, especially since they travel to Oklahoma next week. I see this being a closer game than last Sunday night. 35-17 Vols
DANNY PARKER (10-2, 7-4-1 vs. line)
Florida Atlantic at Alabama (-40): Still not sure how the Tide can have this supposed quarterback guru on staff but have quarterbacks throwing worm-burners all over the place. Weird. Maybe Matt Barkley can explain what has happened. Alabama, 35-10.
Nicholls State at Arkansas (no line): Sam Pittman is a great guy. Talking football him was always enjoyable. Oh, and hopefully nobody burns the vehicles of anymore Razorbacks. Arkansas, 35-9.
San Jose State at Auburn (-31): Work on those post-game interviews, Tigers. Remember back when subject-verb agreement was taught. Auburn, 54-12.
Eastern Michigan at Florida (-38): The "university sanctions" have been lifted. Time for the Gators to eat up. Florida, 30-10.
Ohio U at Kentucky (-13): Called Patrick Towles' success years ago before he got to Lexington. Expect him to just get better and better. Kentucky, 23-9.
Sam Houston at LSU (no line): That Bengal rushing attack is a sight to see. Ask Wisconsin fans. LSU, 42-3.
Ole Miss (-20) at Vanderbilt: Advising Commodores fans to make this crowd smaller than the pocket change that made it out to the Temple game. Ole Miss, 47-7.
UAB at Mississippi State (-27.5): Best the Bulldogs have been in years is the buzz. Ready to see them tested. Not this week. Mississippi State, 34-0.
Missouri (-3) at Toledo: Hear the Rockets have 18 starters returning. Won't matter. Mizzou will sling it around the yard. Missouri, 38-28.
East Carolina at South Carolina (-16.5): Has anyone seen Mike Davis...? Davis...? Davis...? South Carolina 24-21.
Lamar at Texas A&M (no line): Who is this guy and why is he going to be in College Station this weekend? Riddle me that. Texas A&M, 76-6.
USC at Stanford (-2.5): Saw some of the Trojans' replay of last weekend. Loaded roster. This could be a fantastic game. Southern Cal, 24-20.
Arkansas State at Tennessee (-16): Anxious to see how many offensive tackles play and if the Volunteers can run the football. If they don't widen holes in this one then take that as a sign of long road ahead. Tennessee, 31-14.
RANDY MOORE (10-2, 7-4-1 vs. line)
Florida Atlantic at Alabama (-40): A 40-point line is insane. With Bama coming off a lackluster Game 1 defeat of West Virginia, however, I think Saban shows no mercy. Tide, 49-7
Nicholls State at Arkansas (no line): Pretty soon Razorback fans will be calling Bret Bielema “Bret Be-a-lemon.” Still, he should win big this week. Hogs, 42-14
San Jose State at Auburn (-31): Unless the Tigers are looking ahead to their Week 3 open date, this one shouldn’t be a game after the first quarter. Auburn, 56-14
Eastern Michigan at Florida (-38): I hope they squeeze in more than the opening kickoff this time. Gators, 38-7
Ohio U at Kentucky (-13): How bad are the 2014 Wildcats? We may get our first clue this week. Cats, 27-17
Sam Houston at LSU (no line): I don’t think it’s fair that Sam has to play the Tigers all by himself, no matter how much it saves on travel costs. LSU, 52-7
Ole Miss (-20) at Vanderbilt: Look for Biff and Muffie to be leaving at halftime. Rebels, 42-10
UAB at Mississippi State (-27.5): The Dogs looked pretty good in pulverizing Southern Miss but the Blazers are better than Southern Miss … surely. MSU, 35-14
Missouri (-3) at Toledo: Missouri lost a lot of good players from last year’s team but has enough left to ground the Rockets. Tigers, 28-20
East Carolina at South Carolina (-16.5): Gamecocks aren’t supposed to lay eggs but Spurrier’s boys did last week versus Texas A&M. I think they’ll be better in Game 2 but not that much better. Gamecocks, 31-17
Lamar at Texas A&M (no line): If the Aggies are as good as they looked versus South Carolina they can play their third-teamers and still win this game handily. A&M, 56-7
USC at Stanford (-2.5): Remember how mad you were when USC hired Lane Kiffin away from Tennessee? Now you realize the Trojans did the Big Orange a big favor. Cardinal, 34-27
Arkansas State at Tennessee (-16): I suspect the Vols will come out a little flat after their resounding Game 1 victory. I think Tennessee pulls away in the fourth quarter, however, and beats the spread … barely. Vols, 34-17