Predicting Sunday's SEC headlines after Week 2 action
Hold the icing for this week of cupcakes across most of the SEC. While there are a couple of conference games sprinkled in, most of the league is trying to regain its footing with a non-conference foe after a wobbly Week 1, while others will look to play more freshmen and sort out a quarterback competition.
Here are our headline predictions for Week 2:
Nicholls at Georgia: Kirb your enthusiasm
Nick Chubb racks up 100 yards in the first half, and spends the second half in front of a mist fan as the quarterback situation continues to stir the fan base. Jacob Eason puts up more big numbers in a longer stretch of play, which makes the calls only louder for him to be the full-time starter.
Prairie View A&M at Texas A&M: Trayveon topples Panthers
The Aggies freshman running back, Trayveon Williams, follows up a strong Week 1 with another solid performance against an overmatched Prairie View team. Though James White and Keith Ford are capable, Williams leads the offense to a 2-0 start.
Western Kentucky at Alabama: Damien dominates Bluegrass reunion
The Alabama running back, Damien Harris, from the same state as the Hilltoppers runs roughshod over the Conference USA opponent, and reminds some of his snub as Mr. Football as a prep star. Harris’ performance, though, does little to steal the spotlight away from the quarterbacks, who pilot a vanilla offense.
Kentucky at Florida: Boom goes the streak
An upset that no one saw coming outside of Stoops’ Troops features an all-purpose bonanza from Stanley “Boom” Williams as he and Drew Barker and Co. put on a show to end the Gators’ 29-game winning streaks. The Wildcats’ defense puts on an inspired effort to confuse Luke Del Rio into a host of turnovers that leaves Uncle Verne stumbling over the highlights.
Wofford at Ole Miss: Rebs rebound, tame Terriers
Shaking off a couple of key injuries, and a let down last week in the second half, the Rebels stand up to the rushing prowess of Wofford for a home opening win that calms the fan base. Evan Engram delivers another 100-yard game to solidify himself as a Big Man On Campus around Oxford.
Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt: Shurmur shakes offense to life
The stagnant offense that described Vanderbilt’s production last week was nowhere to be seen as Derek Mason’s crew bounces back from a heart-breaking loss to South Carolina. The defense turns in an inspiring effort against a capable Blue Raider offense as Zach Cunningham delivers three sacks.
Arkansas at TCU: Kenny carves up Hogs
No stranger to SEC West defenses, Kenny Hill puts up big numbers for the second straight week as the Horned Frogs prove to be too much for Arkansas. Taj Williams is a regular target that picks up on his 11-catch game from Week 1, and shows the Razorbacks an offensive upgrade over Louisiana Tech.
South Carolina at Mississippi State: Damian dazzles Gamecocks
The Bulldogs’ one-time backup quarterback, Damian Williams, contributes another quality outing to draw questions to Dan Mullen about locking up the full-time starting job. The Gamecocks turn in a more complete effort than Week 1, but even with Elliott Fry, it’s not enough.
Jacksonville State at LSU: Key locks up Gamecocks
Arden Key moves closer to his goal of 20 sacks this season with three more against the Gamecocks in limited action as the Tigers removes any doubt of an 0-2 start.
Arkansas State at Auburn: Tigers bottle up Red Wolves
Matched against a more manageable offense than a week ago, Auburn’s defense turns in another stellar effort behind Montravius Adams as the pre-game hugs and handshakes from Gus Malzahn and Trooper Taylor gets put away quickly.
Eastern Michigan at Missouri: Tigers deliver Odom first W
Though Eastern Michigan boasts a better-than-average rushing attack, first-year coach Barry Odom’s defense is up to the task. Drew Lock won’t have to throw it 51 times like a week ago to eclipse 300 yards in this one.
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee: Vols lap Hokies in border clash
Rocky Top exhales following a rocky Week 1 effort as the spectacle that is the Battle at Bristol quickly turns in favor of Butch Jones’ squad. Joshua Dobbs turns in an inspired performance, and the offensive line finds consistency to return confidence back to Big Orange.