Another game day is coming your way Saturday, and we get to see one of the SEC’s most underrated rivalry games: South Carolina at Georgia.
I finished 5-5 ATS and 11-2 overall in week one picks, while Kevin showed me up at 7-3 and 11-2 overall. Hat tip to you, Kevin.
On to week two we go…
Miami (OH) at Kentucky (-17)
Jon: Kentucky was a disappointment in week one, but hopefully they’ll get back on the right track this weekend against the Red Hawks. Kentucky 35, Miami (OH) 17
Kevin: I’ll go with a Kentucky win by not covering the 17 point spread. Cats win by two touchdowns. Kentucky 28, Miami (OH) 14.
#12 Florida (-3) at Miami
Jon: Florida won’t allow Duke Johnson to hit 100 yards rushing. The Gators win and cover. Florida 23, Miami 13
Kevin: My favorite spread of the week, Florida’s sweet spot is to win by 7-10 points. They don’t blow out teams, but they’re built to grind it out and out-physical a team like Miami. Florida 20, Miami 13.
Related: Florida vs. Miami preview
WKU at Tennessee (-13)
Jon: Tough game and tough matchup. Coaching will have a big impact, but Tennessee will win with a dominant O-line. WKU will cover. Tennessee 27, WKU 20
Kevin: I’m with Jon on this one. Tennessee wins but doesn’t cover the spread, despite Petrino’s best attempts to go 2-0 against the SEC. Tennessee 33, WKU 30.
Related: Why this is an underrated matchup
Toledo at Missouri (-17)
Jon: I’m loving Missouri’s offense now with James Franklin and the running game. Missouri wins and covers. Missouri 37, Toledo 17
Kevin: I think Toledo’s offense enjoys a major break regarding the opposing defense after playing Florida’s suffocating defense. I think they keep it mildly close and Missouri fails to cover the 17 point spread. Missouri 38, Toledo 31.
Related: SEC Week 1 power rankings
#6 South Carolina at #11 Georgia (-3)
Jon: What a tough game to pick, and it is the SEC’s game of the week. Although I picked Georgia to win the East, South Carolina has dominated the running game the last three years. Carolina wins a close one in Athens. South Carolina 31, Georgia 30
Kevin: I think Georgia has to win this game, and they will. I also think we’re underestimated how good Clemson is and how tough that environment they played in on Saturday night was. Georgia wins 28-24 and covers the spread.
Samford at Arkansas (-32)
Jon: Arkansas was the SEC’s biggest surprise the first week, and the Hogs are for real…and I love that physicality they play with. Arkansas wins and covers. Hogs 45, Samford 10
Kevin: Arkansas is physical! Love it. Bad for Samford. Arkansas covers and wins 48-7.
UAB at #9 LSU (-34.5)
Jon: LSU dominates games like this, and there is no letdown against non-conference opponents in 2013. LSU will run it down their throats. LSU 45, UAB 10
Kevin: LSU crushes UAB and covers the spread. LSU 45. UAB 7.
SE Missouri State at Ole Miss (-52.5)
Jon: What a massive spread. The Rebels are good, and they are good enough to cover, but I’m not taking the 52.5 spread. Hugh will call off the dogs. Ole Miss 45, SE Missouri State 10
Kevin: Too big of a spread. Ole Miss gets an easy win. Ole Miss 48. SE Missouri State 7.
Sam Houston State at #7 Texas A&M (-40)
Jon: Johnny Football starts the first half this week. That is great news for college football. The Aggies will score in boatloads, but so will Sam Houston State…more than you expect. Aggies win but won’t cover. Texas A&M 52, SM St. 20
Kevin: I think Texas A&M cruises to a win and a cover. Aggies get their game together ahead of Alabama. Texas A&M 57. Sam Houston St. 13.
Arkansas State at Auburn (-12.5)
Jon: Auburn did enough against Washington State last week. Nick Marshall won’t make that big of a jump, and Arkansas State can play. Auburn wins, but Arkansas State covers. Auburn 35, Arkansas St. 24
Kevin: I like Auburn to win easily here. I think they improve from last week and get another good win. Auburn 31, Ark St. 14.
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt (-49)
Jon: Austin Peay was hammered against Tennesseet, and this one could get ugly. But James Franklin will call off the dogs in the second half. Vanderbilt 41, Austin Peay 7
Kevin: I have a rule to never bet on a team named Austin Peay, but I’m going to say they cover the spread. Too wide for Vanderbilt. Vandy 38. Austin Peay 3.
Alcorn State at Miss State (-44.5)
Jon: MSU is looking to get back on track after a dreadful offensive performance last week against Oklahoma State. And Alcorn State is the perfect team to do so, even without Tyler Russell. But 44.5 is a huge number. Mississippi State 38, Alcorn State 14
Kevin: The 4th spread over 40 points? That’s ridiculous! Mullen doesn’t cover. Miss State 41. Alcorn State 10.