(0-0 last week, 0-0 overall)
Every SEC team starts on September 4, and it's a clean slate for everybody (even me!). All are undefeated, and the majority are likely to stay that way, as the standard line-up of money games and sacrificial lambs dots the landscape. There are a few intriguing matchups on hand. I'll try my hands at picking them all. As usual, I just pick the winners and take a not-so serious stab at the final score. I don't give a rip about the spread.
(Home Team is in bold.)
First, the laughers:
Auburn vs. Louisiana-Monroe – The only question here is whether the Eagle is healthy again. Auburn, 56-10.
Georgia vs. Georgia Southern - Georgia Southern can give most SEC teams a good game. Georgia is not most SEC teams. Georgia by 28.
Mississippi State vs. Tulane - This is almost an interesting game, if just for the sidelights. MSU was not very effective last year, but neither was Tulane. The renewed enthusiasm for a new coach and rededication of the players should carry Sylvester Croom's troops to victory in this one. MSU by 15.
Tennessee vs. Nevada-Las Vegas – The starting quarterback is the only question here. The Great Pumpkin will call off the dogs, er, Volunteers, early, and UTK will cruise to a 27-point win.
And the interesting games:
Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina – The good news for Vandy – almost everyone's back. The bad news? This group went 2-10. I want to believe, I really do. History dictates otherwise. This shapes up to be a nail-biter from the very beginning. Ultimately, the inexperience at the center position will be Vandy's undoing.
South Carolina 31, Vandy 28.