AUBURN, Ala. -- Our fearless forecasters battled to a 16-5 draw in Week 1 with the upstart Austin Penny getting a that-a-boy for his pick of Northern Illinois over Iowa.
Corey Grant led Auburn with 146 rushing yards and a TD against WSU/Todd Van Emst photo
Old codger Bryan Matthews’ upset pick of Louisiana-Lafayette over Arkansas was a dud but he would like to thank Vandy for being Vandy, again.
Enough with the tomfoolery. Now on to the picks where we’ll start with an interesting matchup as Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s former team, Arkansas State, visits Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Tigers try to get off to a 2-0 start.
Arkansas State (1-0) at Auburn (1-0)
Bryan’s take: Auburn’s defense will see an entirely different offense from last week as the Red Wolves bring a power rushing attack that ran all over Arkansas-Pine Bluff for 509 yards last week. This is a very important test for Auburn’s front seven with SEC play starting next week. I think they’ll pass but I’m not expecting an A.
Auburn 37, Arkansas State 27
Austin’s take: Auburn started the season off right with a win at home. Now a strong Red Wolves team awaits a shot at their former head coach, Gus Malzahn. The Tigers’ running game will continue to be the focus of the offense. How Arkansas State’s defense reacts will dictate the result of this game. I also expect starting quarterback Nick Marshall to look much improved in the passing game.
Auburn 41, Arkansas State 34
No. 12 Florida (1-0) at No. 24 Miami (1-0)
Austin’s take: One of college football’s fiercest rivalries will take place after a five-year break. The Gators look good defensively and I think that’s where the game will be won.
Florida 24, Miami 17
Bryan’s take: A very good early Saturday matchup I’m looking forward to watching. I’ll take the SEC school in this matchup but I’m expecting a close battle.
Florida 23, Miami 21
Miami (Ohio) (0-1) at Kentucky (0-1)
Bryan’s take: The Wildcats had a disappointing loss to Western Kentucky last week but they’ll bounce back against a MU team that was clobbered by Marshall.
Kentucky 38, Miami (Ohio) 10
Austin’s take: The Wildcats were hit in the mouth last week by a talented Western Kentucky team. I would expect Kentucky to show enough improvement to handle Miami of Ohio.
Kentucky 28, Miami (Ohio) 10
Western Kentucky (1-0) at Tennessee (1-0)
Austin’s take: Head coach Bobby Petrino has a legitimate team at Western Kentucky. I think the college football world will realize this after Saturday.
WKU 27, Tennessee 24
Bryan’s take: The Hilltoppers will look to go 2-0 in the SEC when they visit Neyland Stadium. I think they will.
Western Kentucky 38, Tennessee 35
Alcorn State (1-0) at Mississippi State (0-1)
Bryan’s take: It’s the battle of Mississippi ... OK, not really. Surely offensive genius Dan Mullen can score more than three points against a SWAC team.
Mississippi State 42, Alcorn State 6
Austin’s take: The Bulldogs could not get things going offensively last week. I expect for things to come easier with a less threatening opponent.
Miss St 28, Alcorn St 10
Toledo (0-1) at Missouri (1-0)
Austin’s take: Missouri put up video game like numbers last weekend against a poor Murray State team. The Tigers will get the win, but not by as much.
Missouri 34, Toledo 17
Bryan’s take: Toledo played reasonably well in a loss at Florida last Saturday and they’ll play better this week. But it won’t be enough.
Missouri 18, Toledo 16
No. 6 South Carolina (1-0) at No. 11 Georgia (0-1)
Bryan’s take: The Gamecocks have been my pick to win the SEC East since this summer. This is game will be key. Georgia’s defense is about what I expected it to be but those players will improve with experience.
South Carolina 38, Georgia 28
Austin’s take: This is the game of the week in my book. Not only will this prove who is the true contender, but also pave the road in the SEC East. Georgia is a tough team, and I expect them to show it on Saturday.
Georgia 24, South Carolina 21
Samford (1-0) at Arkansas (1-0)
Austin’s take: The Razorbacks take on another less talented team. Yes, they get the win.
Arkansas 41, Samford 7
Bryan’s take: I just looked at Arkansas’ schedule. They open with four non-conference games and finish with eight straight in the SEC. Good luck with that.
Arkansas 34, Samford 13
UAB (0-1) at No. 9 LSU (1-0)
Austin’s take: I expect LSU to keep it pretty vanilla offensively in this one.
LSU 31, UAB 3
Bryan’s take: Just another excuse for LSU fans to get drunk and rowdy.
LSU 38, UAB 7
SEMO (0-1) at Ole Miss (1-0)
Bryan’s take: The announcers in this game will probably say “freshman” 100 zillion times. Thankfully, it’s on PPV.
Ole Miss 41, SEMO 10
Austin’s take: Looks like the Rebels will be scrimmaging Southeast Missouri in preparation for Texas.
Ole Miss 37, SEMO 6
Sam Houston State (1-0) at No. 7 Texas A&M (1-0)
Austin’s take: As much fun as it is to watch starting quarterback Johnny Maziel, I expect backup Matt Joekel to play most of the second half.
Texas A&M 44, Sam Houston St 13
Bryan’s take: Johnny Manziel will do something. Some national media hack will complain about it.
Texas A&M 45, Sam Houston State 7
Austin Peay (0-1) at Vanderbilt (0-1)
Bryan’s take: The Commodores bounce back with a victory.
Vanderbilt 31, Austin Peay 10
Austin’s take: The ‘Dores will work out most of the kinks against the Governors this weekend.
Vanderbilt 34, Austin Peay 7
Bryan’s take: Cincinnati 23, Illinois 18; Ball State 30, Army 27; Oregon 55, Virginia 21; South Alabama 24, Tulane 21; Oklahoma 45, West Virginia 20; Texas 31, BYU 21; Michigan 31, Notre Dame 30; USC 28, Washington State 14; Oregon State 34, Hawaii 28; Arizona 38, UNLV 13.
Austin’s take: Cincinnati 35, Illinois 17; Ball State 31, Army 14; Oregon 49, Virginia 21; Tulane 24, South Alabama 14; Oklahoma 28, West Virginia 10; Texas 34, BYU 13; Michigan 31, Notre Dame 28; Washington State 27, USC 24; Hawaii 28, Oregon State 17; Arizona 38, UNLV 7.