SEC Week 2 Predictions

So week 2 … it”s late; I”m tired, so mostly quick picks here. No. 2 LSU, of course, has the marquee matchup against No. 9 Virginia Tech Saturday night. If ESPN has any time to show the game between tributes and vignettes on the Va. Tech shootings and Hurricane Katrina, here”s what I expect to see:

- The Va. Tech offensive line looked really weak against East Carolina. Yes, East Carolina. Look for LSU”s defensive line to dominate. The QB for Va. Tech – who is not particularly good – will need to play well for the Hokies to have a chance to score points.

- Neither LSU or Va. Tech showed much on offense in their first games, so the question is what will we see out of the teams this week. I do believe LSU was holding back, and I expect the Tigers to be more successful than the Hokies on the offensive side of the ball.

So, in the end, I see two good defenses and two questionable offenses. And I think LSU has a better chance of pulling together an effective offense.

LSU 20 – 13

Elsewhere in the SEC:

Troy at No. 3 Florida: More of the same from last week. Florida 52 – 10

South Carolina at No. 12 Georgia: The Bulldogs opened much stronger last week; Carolina has question marks from week 1 suspensions. Georgia 31 – 17

South Florida at No. 13 Auburn: A somewhat chic upset pick, but I don”t buy it. Auburn 28 – 15

Southern Mississippi at No. 24 Tennessee: Vols will not be happy after the Cal loss. Tennessee 45 – 14

Alabama at Vanderbilt: Fonzie”s SEC opener. Alabama 31 – 20

Missouri at Ole Miss: Missouri 28 – 17

Kent State at Kentucky: Kentucky 42 – 15

Mississippi State at Tulane: Tulane 14 – 10

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