SEC Pubs' Predictions: Week 2

The SEC publishers/writers make their picks in the second week of the college football season. Featuring the top SEC performers from Week 1, and see how the publishers fared with their predictions in the first week of action. (11-1)

Mark Ingram
SEC Offensive Player of the Week
Alabama 31, Florida International 14 -- Tide must avoid letdown in what should be easy win.

Auburn 34, Mississippi State 24 -- New coaches mean no repeat of last year's 3-2 yawner.

Florida 49, Troy 10 -- This isn't as good a Troy team as usual and it may be best Florida team ever.

Georgia 21, South Carolina 20 -- A match-up of two least impressive SEC teams of opening weekend.

LSU 31, Vanderbilt 3 -- Schedule is looking very good for LSU until Gators come calling.

Tennessee 24, UCLA 17 -- Vols had a nice debut game for new coach Lane Kiffin. (12-0)

Alabama 49, Florida International 14 - Ouch. It will be an International incident by the time Alabama defense gets done.

Dennis Johnson
SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
Florida 52, Troy 10: Going into the year the thought was that both of these teams would be pretty good based on recent history. But after last week, maybe not the time to be putting giant-killer in front of Troy this season.

Georgia 17, South Carolina 10: Regardless of who the quarterback is or what his friends are saying, the Bulldogs take advantage of a home game before having to get back out on the road against Arkansas.

Auburn 28, Mississippi State 14: Auburn is a 14-point favorite at home according to those who do this for a living. Sounds about right.

Tennessee 28, UCLA 17: I see a little payback coming and - at least check - Lane Kiffin hadn't said anything bad about the Bruins and most importantly still has his dad coaching the defense.

LSU 35, Vanderbilt 14: The Commodores have Miles and miles to go to catch up with the Tigers. (ITAT) (11-1)

Onterio McCalebb
SEC Freshman Player of the Week
Alabama 45, Florida International 7: The big news in FIU sports is that Isiah Thomas is the new basketball coach. Does anybody know who coaches the football team?

Auburn 31, Mississippi State 17: The SEC opener for both teams looks to be a lot higher scoring than last year's 3-2 defensive struggle won by the visiting Tigers.
Florida 45, Troy 12: This should be another appetizer for the Gators.

Georgia 17, South Carolina 14: This has all of the makings of a defensive battle.

LSU 28, Vanderbilt 17: LSU raised a few eyebrows with a less than impressive debut at Washington, but should be able to handle Vandy.

Tennessee 24, UCLA 20: The Vols aren't facing a 98-pound weakling this week, but should find a way to get by the Bruins. (0-0)

Alabama 31, Florida International 7: Bama continues to roll.

Brandon James
SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week
Auburn 31, Mississippi State 27: Offensive show for these two new coaches, and Auburn squeaks by in the end.

Florida 49, Troy 3: The Gators want a shutout...they should prevail big.

Georgia 10, South Carolina 17: Georgia continues their downhill slide missing Stafford and Moreno more than they ever knew.

LSU 21, Vanderbilt 20: Vandy is better than anyone gives them credit for. Look for LSU to pull this one out from behind at the end.

Tennessee 13, UCLA 21: The Vols will show that Western Kentucky was more like a bad practice squad. UCLA will take two in a row. (10-2)

Joe Cox
Starter against South Carolina
Alabama vs. Florida International: Weak followup to a strong performance at the Dome...Alabama wins.

Auburn vs. Mississippi State: New coaches... same ugly game...Auburn wins.

Florida vs. Troy: Gators gonna play anyone this season? Florida wins.

Georgia vs. South Carolina: Someone at the Worldwide Leader should be fired for putting this one in prime time...Georgia wins.

LSU vs. Vanderbilt: Tigers will be tired - this one is closer than people think...LSU wins.

Tennessee vs. UCLA: Vols win and get confidence, but still get run by Gators in a week...Tennessee wins. (0-0)

Trevard Lindley
SEC Defensive Player of the Week
Alabama 38, Florida International 6: Tide continues to roll over out of conference opponents behind a big game from Julio Jones.

Auburn 24, Mississippi State 10: Auburn's athletes are too much for Mississippi State this early in the Dan Mullen era.

Florida 55, Troy 7: Tebow only plays through the mid-third quarter as Florida throttles Troy.

Georgia 21, South Carolina 10: Georgia's offense gets on track against the Gamecocks.

Tennessee 28, UCLA 17: SEC speed proves too much for this Pac 10 opponent.

LSU 27, Vandy 10: LSU's talent overwhelms the Commodores late in the game as LSU pulls away in the final quarter. (9-1)

Terrance Toliver
Total package for the Tigers

Bama 31, FIU 3: Bama got its feelings hurt last week, and Saban challenges the defense.

MSU 17, Auburn 13: Dan Mullen notches first significant win as a Dawg.

Florida 51, Troy 10: The upset bid for the Trojans ends early.

Georgia 23, South Carolina 17: A late Joe Cox to A.J. Green strike is the difference.

LSU 37, Vandy 13: Tiger "D" looks better....Much better.

Tennessee 23, UCLA 20: Late field goal lifts Vols over Neuheisel's Bruins.

Gene' (0-0)

Alabama 38, Florida International 3: The Tide simply has too much fire power in this one. The main objective will be to get some confidence for McElroy and the passing game and avoid getting anyone hurt before the tough conference schedule.

Mississippi State 21, Auburn 17: The teams are almost a mirror image of each other on offense. Young wide receivers, talented backs and a two QB system. I think Mississippi State will find the Auburn front 7 a much bigger challenge than Jackson State, and Auburn will have a tough time getting the corner this week. Anthony Dixon makes the difference late.

Anthony Dixon
Back from suspension
Florida 56, Troy 10: Florida has the talent to win them all, and they will out scheme and out talent Troy into a lopsided affair much earlier this year. Troy was a bowl team a year ago, but the Gators may be the best college football has had to offer in many years. Tebow will have a nice day.

Georgia 17, South Carolina 13: Both teams had some offensive problems last week, so things have to get better, right? Georgia will have more of a chip on their shoulder after last week, and I am not sure Stephen Garcia has the moxie to knock off a talented Bulldog defense.

LSU 31, Vanderbilt 10: I am not sold on LSU namely because of the quarterback position. The Tigers slept walk their way into a win in week one, and they should be okay this week, but LSU is not off to the big start many expected. They have some holes especially on defense, and I think that's the real surprise.

Tennessee 31, UCLA 28: This should be the game of the week in the conference. The Vols have played beneath their talent level the last couple of years, and a new staff brings a new level of energy. I don't think UCLA has the athletes to run with Tennessee, but some schematic breakdowns will make this one closer than it should be. (11-1)

Dexter McCluster
27 Rebels with flu-like symptoms in bye week
Alabama 55, Florida International 10: Unless the Tide has their top 44 out with the flu, this will be a rout. Alabama 55, FIU 10.

Auburn 5, -Mississippi State 3: This will be another classic baseball game.

LSU 27, Vanderbilt 21: If this one were in Nashville, it could be the upset special of the week. Since it is in Baton Rouge, the Commodores will get worn down in the end.

Florida 44, Troy State 18: Troy State will play with the Gators for a half and then all hell will break loose.

Georgia 21, South Carolina 20: This matchup could go to the wire. Georgia in a squeaker.

Tennessee 35, UCLA 14: The Trojans are too young to invade Knoxville and stand up to the test. (11-1)

Alabama 45 - Florida International 6: The Tide cruise after an impressive week one victory over Virginia Tech.

Devin Taylor
SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
Auburn 23 - Mississippi State 16: This one will be more entertaining than last year's 3-2 debacle. The Bulldogs will put up a fight, but the Tigers will protect the home turf and move to 2-0 before turning their attention to next week's clash against WVU.

Florida 55 - Troy 17: At least Troy is a more respectable opponent than Charleston Southern.

South Carolina 13 - Georgia 10: In a battle between two very good defenses and two offenses that are, to put it nicely, works in progress, this one will come down to which team makes the fewest mistakes. South Carolina's defense will make the key plays in the second half to steal the "W" on the road.

Tennessee 30 - UCLA 17: It's a shame UCLA is relying on a freshman quarterback. The real test for Lane Kiffin and company will come next week at Florida.

LSU 24 - Vanderbilt 16: Could Vandy shock the world and win in Death Valley? Nah, but the ‘Dores will put up a fight in this one. (12-0)

Alabama 49, Florida International 10: Florida International sounds more like an airport than a football program ... and this sounds more like a mismatch than a football game.

Chris Scott
SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week

Auburn 31, Mississippi State 21: The SEC's two worst offensive teams of 2008 meet with new head coaches in 2009. That's no coincidence.

Florida 45, Troy 7: If Troy couldn't beat Urban Meyer's former team (Bowling Green) last weekend, there's no way it's going to beat the Urban Legend's current team this weekend.

South Carolina 13, Georgia 10: These two teams combined for 17 points last weekend, so this game should be about as exciting as watching The Hedges grow.

LSU 27, Vanderbilt 20: Given how badly the Tigers played against Washington, I'd pick Vandy if this game were in Nashville. But it's not.

Tennessee 31, UCLA 10: The Vols aren't as good as they looked in Game 1 vs. Western Kentucky, but no one has proved it to them yet. (11-1)

Zac Stacy
Freshman sensation in season opener
Alabama 24, Florida International 14: FIU benefits from having bama game film, but Bama has none of FIU. This edge still won't be enough to top the Tide.

Auburn 17, Mississippi State 10: Both look improved. Got to go with the home team here.

Florida 42, Troy 10: Troy is one of the better non-BCS teams, but Florida should still prevail.

Georgia 21, South Carolina 10: South Carolina's offense is offensive this year.

Tennessee 27, UCLA 20: Vols get revenge for last year's loss on the West Coast that sent their season into a tailspin.

LSU 24, Vanderbilt 20: Vandy battles hard for three quarters before the Tigers put them away.

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