Published September 4, 2012 - 10:29am
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This week belongs to the SEC, as not many matchups around the country can hold a candle to the SEC this week.
1. #6 Georgia at Missouri
This is the biggest game in the SEC for week two, and it’s the most interesting game around the country as well. A top ten-ranked Georgia team, who is the SEC East favorite, goes on the road to SEC newbie Missouri. Missouri players and fans have been talking a little trash leading into this one, and you can seemingly see Missouri pull this one off because of their ability to score. Georgia, on the other hand, is looking to flex their proven SEC muscles on the newcomers.
2. #23 Florida at Texas A&M
Florida traveling to College Station is a very sexy matchup for a couple of reasons. Obviously ESPN GameDay will be there, as we officially welcome the Aggie Nation into the SEC. TAMU’s game last week was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac, and the Aggies will be breaking in a new quarterback in one of the biggest games in their school’s history. Florida, on the other hand, didn’t look exactly dominant in their win over Bowling Green last week. The line opened in some places at TAMU -2.5. This game could go either way.
3. Washington at #3 LSU
The Tigers have won seventeen straight home games in Baton Rouge, and this is a legit opponent for week two. Washington enters 1-0 after defeating San Diego State 21-12. QB Keith Price is the Huskies’ playmaker, and he threw for 213 yards and one touchdown last week. LSU could have beat North Texas in their sleep last weekend, but Washington certainly poses a tougher test. This is your classic SEC-Pac 12 sexy matchup.
4. Auburn at Mississippi State
Okay, to the rest of the country this isn’t exactly an interesting game because neither team is ranked, but within the SEC, we know this is a big game, even if it is more of a sleeper game. And some are calling it Gene Chizik’s most important game after the Cam Newton era. Auburn’s defense last week was much like last year, giving up over 320 yards on the ground to Clemson. Mississippi State, however, enters with a chip on their shoulder in 2012 and wants to prove they are a legit contender in the West…just keep the fog machines out of Starkville.
5. UCF at #18 Ohio State
One of the more interesting games outside of the SEC this weekend is UCF traveling to Ohio State. UCF was ranked last year, and they trounced Akron in their opener, posting 56 points. This team can score, and George O’Leary will have his defense up to standard, too. Ohio State is a very athletic team now coached by Urban Meyer. But UCF can go to the Horseshoe and get a victory this weekend. Wouldn’t that be fun to watch?