What to watch for this weekend:
Every week presents matchups that are begging for upsets, and the SEC’s week two schedule gives us three. We’ll be taking a careful and rational look at upsets every week throughout the season.
Here are three teams on upset alert for week two:
Related: Week 2 predictions
1. South Carolina at Georgia (-3.5)
Although Georgia lost to Clemson, they enter the Carolina game as three-point favorites, mainly because it’s in Athens. The last four times Carolina has visited Athens during the Steve Spurrier era the game has been decided by a thin average of 3.25 points per game. This is a must-win game for the Bulldogs, and if USC wins, they can all but punch their ticket to Atlanta, because the schedule sets up perfectly. Georgia enters the favorite, despite losing last week and losing three straight, and they are the No. 1 team on upset alert.
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2. Arkansas State at Auburn (-11)
Auburn is an 11-point favorite, and that’s a huge spread, considering Arkansas State could beat Washington State about four of five times anywhere, anytime. There’s a legitimate concern over Auburn’s bend-but-don’t-break defense, as well as the passing game. Arkansas State will give Auburn all they want, and they should hang around the entire game. Things could get interesting with Malzahn, his current team and his former team. It’s an emotional day for the Malzahns.
3. Florida (-3) at Miami
Anytime any opponent has one of the best players in the country, there is cause for concern. Duke Johnson leads the country in rushing, and Florida is up next. The Gators allowed just one 100-yard rusher last season, and we all expect the Gators’ defense to show the bounty that’s out for Johnson. UF’s strength lies along both lines of scrimmage, and anytime the offense has trouble putting opponents away, there’s cause for concern. Florida should be two touchdowns better than the Canes, but anything can happen in rivalry games, especially on the road.
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