SEC Football, week two, is already upon us … in a very quick (read: I pushed for time) … so in a fast run down, here comes the SEC for the weekend of Sept 10th. All times are EST.
Central Michigan at Kentucky Wildcats
ESPNU Sirius 220 / XM 199
Kentucky looked horrible in their opener. How is that for objectivity? Seriously, the Wildcats could very well struggle with Central Michigan … even with the vaunted Randy Sanders aerial attack (insert snicker here). Defensively, UK should by all rights and means should man handle an over matched Central Michigan team on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Look for Kentucky to run, run, run the ball in a middle of the road win at home.
The Wildcats ARE 14 point home favorites … they get the win, but not sold they clear the spread.
Kentucky Wildcats 24
Central Michigan 13
#16 Mississippi State Bulldogs at N/R Auburn Tigers
SEC Network Sirius 219 / XM 200
Auburn did not simply look bad in week one, they almost lost to Utah State. Without the benefit of a perfectly executed onside kick, AU could easily be sitting at 0-1 while the Aggies sold dvd’s of their school’s greatest victory. Auburn is rebuilding. Yea, we get that. Mississippi State, under Dan Mullen looked solid against Memphis in week one.
MSU has the 6th over all rushing offense in the nation. What was AU’s primary weakness against the Aggies? Yep, the rush.
Quit salivating Bulldogs fans. This game will not be as easy as you think. You played Memphis in week one, and Memphis flat out sucks. AU is typically tough at home. But if this game comes down to coaching rather than the athletes, I will take Dan Mullen any day of the week.
MSU is a 2 point road favorite. AU is tough at home, but their run defense is suspect. MSU wins and covers.
Mississippi State 31
#3 Alabama Crimson Tide at #23 Penn State Nittany Lions
ABC Sirius 220 XM 199
In normal fashion, Alabama played a gracious host to Kent State in the first week by spanking them soundly and sending them home. Penn State fans, of course, have high hopes. Alabama struggled in several phases of last year’s game. Penn State struggled to move the football. I
I will save you the cliches. Bama is an 11 point road favorite and honestly? I think they cover and win convincingly.
Penn State 17
Cincinatti Bearcats at Tennessee Vols
PPV? Sirius 216 XM 201
The Vols looked solid in their opening game. Then again, they did play Montana. Yay. Yup, here comes another barn burner. I am still not sold on the Derek Dooley coaching staff, at all. The Vols were suspect against Montana at times in the passing game, but could not block the faster UT defense. Cincy demolished poor little Austin Peay in their opener, 72-10. Yes, very little can truly be gleaned from either win. Normally, I would say UT is at home, but in recent history, that has not always mattered. Cincinatti would love nothing more than to leave Knoxville at 2-0.
The Vols are favored by a whopping 4.5 points at home. That speaks volumes of Vegas’ faith in the Big Orange. I really want to take the Bearcats in this game. I really do. But, my SEC homerism is apparently coming out.
#12 South Carolina Gamecocks at Georgia Bulldogs
ESPN Sirius 219 XM 200
The Gamecocks ride into Athens with a #12 national rank … the Bulldogs firmly placed Mark Richt’s tail onto the hot seat with a major loss against Boise State. Go ahead Bulldog fans, deny it … talk about what a solid team Boise has … as they ride through the season against not much competition … only to lose to some non-descript team later in the season. UGA is definitely rebuilding more than most of us would have thought. SC will pound the ball right at them and will make Georgia like it. Please Lord, do not let us have to sit through another XFL uniform competition game this season.
The Gamecocks are favored by 1.5 points. A LOT rides on this game for Mark Richt. Call me crazy … UGA has a TON riding on this one … win and it shuts a LOT of people up … lose and holy hell here comes the beer bottles from the cheap seats.
South Carolina 31
S. Illinois Salukis at Ole Miss Rebels
PPV Sirius 217 XM 197
No line on this game … LOL. I would love to say it is because the Rebels are playing S. Ill … but it realistically isn’t. Apparently, Vegas doesn’t want to lose their ass on this game. Come on Rebels, errrrrr Black Bear fans, this game will give you plenty to cheer about. Oh hell.
Ole Miss 24
S. Ill 10
New Mexico at #14 Arkansas Razorbacks
ESPNU Sirius 216 XM 201
<insert Arkansas accolades here> … screw it, Razorbacks are favored by freaking 40. They are playing New Mexico. This game wouldn’t be any closer if they were playing Old Mexico. Baaaaaaah! Welcome to the slaughter party gameday paycheck people.
New Mexico 13
UAB Blazers at #18 Florida Gators
FSN Sirius 220 XM 199
Cream Puffs 0 Gators 2. UAB is UAB. Florida is Florida. Gators are favored by 23. Take em to cover.
Florida Gators 38
Connecticut Huskies at Vanderbilt Commodores
Sirius 218 XM 201
Really? Reaaaaaally? Really?!? UConn is a 5.5 point favorite. If Vandy loses at home, will anybody be there to see it? The fact there is even a line on this game speaks volumes.
Northwestern State at LSU Tigers
PPV Sirius 219 XM 200
Oh, our weekend schedule would not be complete without this gem of a game. No line on this game, Tigers by half a million … space bucks. Geeze.