(last week; 0-0 overall)
Middle Tennessee @ Alabama – In 2002 Middle Tennessee delivered a real scare to the Crimson Tide, losing only 39-34 after being in control much of the game. No such luck this year for the Blue Raiders, as they have fallen on extremely hard times. Alabama is still trying to claw it way back to near the top of the heap in the SEC. They're not there yet, but they're plenty good enough to soundly beat Middle. ‘Bama 31-10.
Southwest Missouri State @ Arkansas – Obviously the Pigs needed a breather in order to prepare for Vandy the following week. Razorbacks 42-7.
Georgia Tech @ Auburn – Auburn is favored by about a touchdown at home, but I really like Georgia Tech. It's going to take a while for Auburn to replace the offensive firepower of last year, and Tech's defense seems to be fairly experiences. Ramblin' Wreck 17 -7.
Boise State @ Georgia – This is one of the more interesting first games I've seen for an SEC team in a long time. I'm sure the Broncos feel like they will win the game, and UGA is not as overwhelmingly good as they have been. Nevertheless, the heat and humidity of Georgia in early September will wear down the Ponies, and the Bulldogs will catch them at the wire. UGA 24 – 23.
Murray State @ Mississippi State – Mississippi State is not bad enough to lose to Murray. MSU 28 – 10.
Mississippi @ Memphis (Sept. 5) – Another good opener for an SEC team. Ole Miss is going to struggle early and often on offense, returning very few starters from last year's lackluster 4-win season. Memphis 21-7.
University of Alabama @ Birmingham @ Tennessee – Likewise for UTK 35-12.
Vanderbilt @ Wake Forest (Sept 1) – I'm still trying to understand why this is a Thursday night game. No TV, so who knows why the schools chose to inconvenience their fans this way. Well, at least Wake Forest gets a win out of it. Vandy appears to be somewhat better than last year, but they play like patsies on the road, and Wake has a solid offense to put up against Vandy's so-so defense. If VU's promise to open up the offense actually happens, this could be a close, exciting game. Too bad nobody will see it other than those at the stadium. Deacons 38 -34.
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