SEC Picks — Week 2

Have a look at what the InsideTennessee staff had to say about the weekend's schedule of Southeastern Conference football games.

Another college football season is underway and the opening week didn't disappoint.

From LSU's offense continuing to struggle and costing the Tigers a victory in Wisconsin to Mississippi State's potential game-winning field goal going off an upright versus South Alabama, some fan bases in the Southeastern Conference suffered heartbreak right out of the gates.

With the InsideTennessee staff picks, managing editor Danny Parker took a one-game lead over former Tennessee wide receive Joey Kent and IT publisher Scott Hall.

The second week of SEC games doesn't have quite the star power but there are a pair of matchups within the league that will intrigue. And, of course, Tennessee is looking to rebound after a lackluster showing in its win over Appalachian State.

Scott Hall (8-5)

Nicholls at Georgia

The Dawgs will try to limit Chubb's touches but it won't matter. Georgia 45, Nicholls 6.

Prairie View A&M at Texas A&M

The Aggies are for real. Texas A&M 59, Prairie View A&M 10.

Western Kentucky at Alabama

The 'Toppers will throw it around and score enough points to keep it somewhat respectable. Alabama 48, Western Kentucky 24.

Kentucky at Florida

An ugly game with Florida doing just enough to win. Florida 15, Kentucky 6.

Wofford at Ole Miss

In one of the most anticipated games in the country (blue font) Ole Miss rolls. Ole Miss 62, Wofford 13.

Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Brent Stocksill is one heck of a quarterback and leader. I love Richie James. Yes I am biased but I don't apologize for pulling for two great young men like those two. Middle Tennessee 20, Vanderbilt 17.

Arkansas at Texas Christian

One of the bigger upsets on the day. Arkansas 38, TCU 28.

South Carolina at Mississippi State

Bounce back day for the better team. Mississippi State 31, South Carolina 17.

Jacksonville State at LSU

Another highly anticipated matchup. One I would advise staying at the tailgate instead of entering the stadium. LSU 42, Jacksonville State 13.

Arkansas State at Auburn

Auburn better find a QB quickly. Auburn 31, Arkansas State 14.

Eastern Michigan at Missouri

Name one player on each team and receive a free yearly membership to InsideTennessee.com. Missouri 31, Eastern Michigan 12.

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Bristol)

A mad team that has something to prove shows up big Saturday night. It will be a game that will never be in doubt. Tennessee 38, Virginia Tech 17.

Joey Kent (8-5)

Nicholls at Georgia

Georgia 35, Nicholls 17.

Prairie View A&M at Texas A&M

Texas A&M 56, Prairie View A&M 3.

Western Kentucky at Alabama

Alabama 49, Western Kentucky 14.

Kentucky at Florida

Florida 21, Kentucky 17.

Wofford at Ole Miss

Ole Miss 35, Wofford 10.

Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt 21, Middle Tennessee 17.

Arkansas at Texas Christian

Texas Christian 28, Arkansas 20.

South Carolina at Mississippi State

Mississippi State 21, South Carolina 13.

Jacksonville State at LSU

LSU 31, Jacksonville State 13.

Arkansas State at Auburn

Auburn 27, Arkansas State 13.

Eastern Michigan at Missouri

Missouri 27, Eastern Michigan 9.

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Bristol)

We have so much talent offensively and defensively that we can put up a lot of points. And, we can make a lot of stops on defense. I think they're going to come out mad and ready to play this game. Tennessee 28, Virginia Tech 17.

Danny Parker (9-4)

Nicholls at Georgia

Kirby Smart takes to the sidelines at Sanford Stadium as a head coach for the first time in his life. It's sure to be a W and sure to be a game ball that Smart keeps in his office for years to come. Oh, and since few know, Nicholls is the Colonels and went 3-8 last year. Georgia, 55-0.

Prairie View A&M at Texas A&M

Don't look now but the Panthers are winners of seven straight. Can they make it eight in a row by upsetting the Aggies? Nope. But had you going, didn't I? Texas A&M 34, 13.

Western Kentucky at Alabama

It would be a more compelling matchup if this was on the hardwood but it's not. Have to tip the cap to 'Bama for scheduling something other than a cupcake for its home opener. The Hilltoppers own Conference USA and are coming off a beatdown of Rice. The Crimson Tide needs to figure out its quarterback situation before a legit defense comes up on the schedule. Nick Saban will attempt to improve to 10-0 in home openers. Alabama 49-3.

Kentucky at Florida

Twenty-nine. The Gators have taken down the Wildcats 29 times in a row. College football is a crazy thing though, even for the defending Southeastern Conference Eastern Division champions. Kentucky 18, Florida 17.

Wofford at Ole Miss

The Terriers head to Oxford with a wave of momentum after edging Tennessee Tech in their opener. Chad Kelly lights up that Wofford defense in spite of its confidence. Ole Miss 57, Wofford 14.

Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt

No idea which way to go here. Guess I'll pick the Raiders. Middle Tennessee 22, Vanderbilt 15.

Arkansas at Texas Christian

Cannot say that I'm impressed by the Horned Frog defense — at all. I mean...41 points to South Dakota State? The Razorbacks didn't impress last week either, but these are the types of games where Bret Bielema gets his team ready. Arkansas 38, Texas Christian 28.

South Carolina at Mississippi State

Another coin toss. No idea. The Bulldogs didn't play just poorly last week and should have won the game had one of their specialist done his job. On the other hand, it's hard to put too much stock into a Gamecock win over Vandy. So, who knows? Mississippi State 14, South Carolina 10.

Jacksonville State at LSU

The Gamecocks may be the best team in the Ohio Valley Conference and have a heck of a back in Auburn transfer Roc Thomas. This isn't the cupcake that some Tigers fans likely think they will be. Plus, Brandon Harris showed last week that he hasn't gotten much better over the spring and summer. LSU 21-17.

Arkansas State at Auburn

If Gus Malzahn will concentrate on being a power running team instead of getting to cute and playing multiple quarterbacks, the Tigers could find themselves being a solid team with an improved defense. Auburn 37-10.

Eastern Michigan at Missouri

Another example of how shaky things in Columbia still are, the Tigers will trail at halftime and have just a one-score lead going into the fourth quarter before holding on late. Missouri 20, Eastern Michigan 9.

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Bristol)

The current NCAA record for game attendance is 115,109, which occured when Notre Dame squared off with Michigan on Sept. 7, 2013. The professional mark came in a preseason game when the Cowboys and Oilers squared off in Mexico City's Azteca Stadium on Aug. 16, 1994, which was a mark of 112,376. Both of those marks will be obliterated when the Hokies and Volunteers battle for the ninth time. Game-wise, expecting it to be a much tighter contest than my IT colleagues. Josh Malone is going to need to step up and so will the cornerback opposite Cameron Sutton, who I'm guessing will be Justin Martin. Isaiah Ford is a major talent. Bud Foster and Justin Fuente know what they're doing. No doubt that the 153,000-plus are going to get their money's worth Saturday night. Tennessee 23, Virginia Tech 20.


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