SEC Week 2 Preview
Charleston Southern @ South Carolina
The Gamecocks starting quarterback Jake Bentley is out indefinitely with a foot injury which means Freshman QB Ryan Hilinski is now the starter. The Gamecocks are coming off an upset loss to North Carolina dropping the game 24-20, now they should bounce back against Charleston Southern however. I won’t lie as I indeed had to do some digging on Hilinski’s game and came away that he makes quick decisions with good reads and is fairly accurate with the football. If Hilinski can manage to protect the football the Gamecocks should have no problem winning this game.
Vanderbilt @ Purdue
I won’t dive much into this game other than the fact that Vandy will have to rely heavily on Ke’Shawn Vaughn in order to win this game. With that said check out Mike’s full preview of this game.
West Virginia @ Missouri
The Missouri Tigers have a lot to prove after losing last week to Wyoming and they have their frustration set on WVU. The Mountaineers run game must improve vs Mizzou in order for them to stand a chance as they rushed for only 34 yards on 24 carries last week vs James Madison. This game may actually be closer than some may think with the Tigers leaning on their run game led by Larry Rountree III for the win.
Southern Miss @ Mississippi State
I expect an offensive heavy game as Mississippi State gave up a ton of yards to the Ragin Cajuns last week giving up a total of 430 yards including 130 on the ground. If the Golden Eagles want the upset however they need another big game from Jack Abraham and he needs some help from the run game. The Bulldogs are 16.5 point favorites but they shouldn’t get too confident as this could be an upset alert for Southern Miss as these teams are 14-14-1 in this matchup with Mississippi State taking the last four meetings. Look for Kylin Hill to have a big game as he came close to rushing for 200 yards last week and wide receiver Osirus Mitchell who had six catches for 88 yards as well.
(12) Texas A&M @ (1) Clemson
The Aggies starting offensive lineman Jared Hocker made a very confident statement saying “There will be an upset” while talking about their upcoming game against the Clemson Tigers. There’s been some debate on twitter whether Jimbo Fisher is in fact the better head coach between himself and Dabo Swinney and I believe that debate has some merit. People are quick to forget Fisher’s impact at FSU where he posted an 83-23 record which included a BCS National Championship, 3 ACC Conference championships and 4 bowl game victories. A&M had a good season and showed real signs in Fisher’s first season where they came up a little short in a 28-26 week 2 loss to Clemson. Trevor Lawrence will try to live up to the hype for the Clemson Tigers but he’s going up against an angry A&M team looking to prove something. If you’re a betting man I’d say take the 17.5 points and A&M as this looks to be a tight game.
Murray State @ (3) Georgia
There shouldn’t be much to preview this game as the Georgia Bulldogs should dominate this matchup with big games from Fromm and Swift. This is why some people criticize college football with lopsided matchups like this and I can’t defend this one.
New Mexico State @ (2) Alabama
I mean seriously? This is by far the most lopsided matchup that will occur this season. Bama is favored by 55.5 points …55.5 points! I was listening to the Bill Burr podcast last night and he brought up how the early weeks of college football is just a massacre and compared these matchups to an 8th grader fighting a 1st grader and its wildly accurate.
BYU @ Tennessee
The Tennessee Volunteers will try to avoid starting 0-2 for the first time since 1988, but they have a tough matchup ahead and will rely heavily on their offense. I just don’t see the Vols defense stopping anything leading to a BYU victory.
Arkansas @ Ole Miss
With uneven performances by both teams last week this game is a toss-up for me as Ole Miss QB Matt Corral looks to settle in and try to get the Rebels in the win column. I’m expecting a sloppy unwatchable game with a ton of turnovers from the quarterbacks. On the flip side i could see these guys throwing for a ton of yards just mostly going the other way.
Eastern Michigan @ Kentucky
The Kentucky Wildcats cannot overlook EMU here as they made that mistake in the past where they almost lost and took a final second interception for the Wildcats to survive. I think Kentucky will be ready and focused as they defeat Eastern Michigan pretty convincingly with a big game from Bowden Jr.
(6) LSU @ (9) Texas
I’m curious to see the outcome of this game as LSU is only a 6.5 favorite over Texas. LSU QB Joe Burrow put himself in the early Heisman conversation last week where he went 23 of 27 for 278 yards and five touchdowns without even playing in the second half. This looks to be a high scoring affair and a battle of the quarterbacks.
Tennessee-Martin @ (11) Florida
Florida played in week 0 where they defeated the Miami Hurricanes which means they are well rested after having last week off. Lamical Perine should have his skill set on display and look for a bounce back game for Feleipe Franks. The Gators QB did not look comfortable at all playing a very uneven game. However, if Franks continues to struggle against lesser competition there will be cause for concern in Gainesville.
Tulane @ (10) Auburn
Last week Auburn pulled off a come from behind victory in the final seconds against Oregon. In order to start the season 2-0 Auburn needs to stop Tulane’s impressive run game led by senior running back Darius Bradwell who is coming off a season where he had over 1,000 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. The Tigers true freshman QB Bo Nix struggled early last week however before erasing a 21 point deficit and looked pretty good in doing so as he threw a 26 yard touchdown pass to seal the victory. Look for Nix to build on his second half performance.