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It’s that time again, time for some weekend SEC predictions.

If this is your first time stopping by, SDS news desk editor Michael Bratton (@MichaelWBratton) and SDS Podcast co-host Chris Marler (@VerneFUNquist) make their weekly predictions for every game involving SEC teams — with the exception of games against FCS competition due to the fact those games do not feature widely recognized point spreads.

Last week, as per usual, Michael led the way with a 7-4 against the spread record while Chris will be playing catchup after finishing Week 1 with a 2-8-1 against the spread record.

Here is how the guys predict the Week 2 action to play out:

West Virginia at Missouri (-14)

Michael: Don’t be fooled by last weekend’s shocking result, Missouri is still a dangerous team that’s capable of going on a real run in the weeks to come. Mizzou somehow went from dominating Wyoming to surrendering 27 points in the second quarter on the road and just never managed to recover after forcing the issue following that fluke quarter. This will be a great opponent for Barry Odom’s team to get the ground game going as the Mountaineers allowed 172 rushing yards to James Madison last weekend. As long as Missouri doesn’t shoot itself in the foot two weeks in a row, the Tigers will crush this West Virginia team that is in total rebuild mode under first-year coach Neal Brown.

Missouri 38 West Virginia 14

Chris: Mizzou got embarrassed last week to a team with UPS uniforms, and WVU barely beat James Madison. The last time a team barely beat James Madison was around the Revolutionary War. That is about the only stat I have for this matchup. That and that Mizzou is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games. I’m gonna ride this Mizzou train til the wheels fall off I guess. Which may have been last week.

Missouri 38 West Virginia 21

Vanderbilt at Purdue (-7)

Michael: Vanderbilt showed some real heart last weekend after getting down early against Georgia but refusing to shut it down against an opponent that was a physical mismatch for the Commodores. Purdue won’t have that advantage this weekend but does feature some playmakers similar to those featured on the Bulldog roster. The key in this game will be getting Keyshawn Vaughn going, which was something Vanderbilt failed to do last weekend. That may have to come by opening up the ground game with some more a more effective passing attack.

Purdue 38 Vanderbilt 21 

Chris: It’s hard to go into West Lafayette and win against an unranked Purdue team. Right, Ohio State? Well, it’s hard to win there unless you’re in the SEC. Last year Mizzou put up 600+ yards at Purdue and Vandy went toe to toe with another non-con foe in the same state, Notre Dame.

Purdue 28 Vanderbilt 27

Southern Miss at Mississippi State (-17)

Michael: Outside of Mississippi State’s passing game, the biggest question mark heading into the season was how Bob Shoop’s defense played to replace so much elite talent. Last weekend’s results didn’t answer that question, as Louisiana managed to have some real success against MSU’s defense, including sustaining some long scoring drives. While the final score was not indicative of the overall competitiveness of the game, I’m still taking the points against Mississippi State until this defense turns a corner this season.

Mississippi State 35 Southern Miss 20

Chris: USM is 1-17 in their last 18 games vs the SEC. Miss St shouldn’t be on upset alert, but they should be on “get your s*** together” alert after failing to put away UL-Lafayette last week. Another big week from Kylin Hill, and another non-con win for the fighting Joe Moorheads.

Mississippi State 37 Southern Miss 17

Texas A&M at Clemson (-17.5)

Michael: I liked this line better at opening (Aggies +20), but I’ll stick with Texas A&M heading into this matchup. Unlike last year, Jimbo Fisher’s squad is confident in matchup up with Clemson. When several players came out and predicted an upset was coming, Fisher didn’t seem to bat an eye. The second-year coach has installed a confidence in his team that simply wasn’t there last year and with arguably a more talented roster, I expect the Aggies to give Dabo Swinney and his team all they can handle. The biggest issue Texas A&M will have in this matchup is its secondary dealing with Trevor Lawrence and the Clemson receivers. Strides were made Week 1 but it taking an immense step up in competition will likely prove to be too much for this group. I like the Aggies ability to score on Clemson, but when it comes down to it, can they get the stops necessary to win?

Clemson 40 Texas A&M 33

Chris: I’ve never seen a fanbase rally around a 2 point loss (or a 2 point win vs LSU for that matter) quite as I did with Aggie fans last season. And, maybe it’s for good reason. Clemson is loaded on offense, and I’m sure their defense will be stout under Venables. But here’s what I know, Trevor Lawrence looked average at best last week against a severely outmatched Georgia Tech team. A&M is gonna scare Clemson again. Almost as scared as I was when I found out the littlest Hanson brother is the QB at Clemson.

Clemson 34 Texas A&M 30

New Mexico State at Alabama (-55)

Michael: These Alabama lines are just getting ridiculous at this point. It’s impossible to predict how this one will go other than to suggest a good ole fashion whippin’ is coming. Considering Washington State nearly would have covered a 55-point spread against New Mexico State, I have to believe Tua and Alabama certainly will manage to do so.

Alabama 69 New Mexico State 6

Chris: Why is there a line for this game? All I know about New Mexico is that it’s called “The Land of Enchantment.” Sounds nice and anything is more enchanting than this matchup on Saturday. This game is ripe for Tua to be out in the 2nd Quarter AND the Aggies having a backdoor cover late.

Alabama 63 New Mexico State 10

BYU at Tennessee (-3.5)

Michael: Based on last weekend’s performance, I have no faith in Tennessee to show up and play in this game. Heading into a season with so much anticipation and laying an egg against an overmatched Sun Belt team is a new one, even for this program which has reached an all-time low over the previous decade. If this team has any heart at all, they will come out and play the game of their lives and put last weekend’s disastrous performance behind them. If they fail to show up once again and get outperformed by this BYU squad, it’s time to seriously question the direction of the program under Jeremy Pruitt. Last weekend may have just been a continuation from the end of the 2018 season and if that’s the case, the Vols will get destroyed here. It could go either way and I have little confidence one way in either direction.

Tennessee 33 BYU 20

Chris: It’s been over a century since the last time any group of people were THIS afraid of Mormons. But, that’s exactly what the mood is in Knoxville after last week’s stunning loss to Georgia…State. How low is Rock(y) Bottom for this program? Have they already hit it? I honestly don’t know. But, as the son of a pastor, I gotta go with the team in the orange and white helmets, not the bike helmets.

Tennessee 19 BYU 13

Tulane at Auburn (-18)

Michael: The letdown factor could be very real heading into this matchup, something Gus Malzahn has been weary of all week. How focused will this team be following the Saturday night showcase game? The classic finish to the Auburn game glossed over the issues Bo Nix had throwing the ball against Oregon and that’s something the Tigers need to get corrected before hitting the road in conference play. If you were unaware, Tulane’s quarterback is former LSU signal-caller Justin McMillan, who has passed for 1,503 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. McMillan played the best football of his career late last season and that carried over to Tulane’s season opener last weekend in a 42-14 win over FIU. Auburn shouldn’t be threatened in this game but I don’t think they cover this weekend.

Auburn 30 Tulane 16

Chris: I’m gonna choose this game to be the one where I get on my weekly gambling soapbox. The real play here is the under (52) y’all. The under has hit in 9 of Tulane’s last 12 and 13 of Auburn’s last 17. I expect the Tigers to come out a little sluggish after last week’s emotional win, but I also expect that defense to be completely dominant.

Auburn 34 Tulane 6

Eastern Michigan at Kentucky (-14.5)

Michael: Despite Terry Wilson struggling for about half the game and Mark Stoops’ defense failing to get off the field on third downs during the first half of Kentucky’s season-opening win against Toledo, the Wildcats still managed to cover the spread last week. Look for those issues to get corrected this week and a big win to come for this Kentucky team before next weekend’s showdown with the Gators.

Kentucky 35 Eastern Michigan 10

Chris: Don’t look now, but I think everyone may have slept on Kentucky again. Neighbor Terry Wilson found a passing game, and Kavosiey Smoke is the best name and best RB you haven’t heard of yet in the SEC. That being said, EMU is 16-3 ATS in their last 19 road games, and UK has a showdown with Florida next week. Pull the starters early and go make history next week BBN!

Kentucky 31 Eastern Michigan 17

LSU (-6) at Texas

Michael: LSU is heading into this matchup with extreme confidence after shellacking Georgia Southern in the opener but heading to Austin as nearly a touchdown favorite should prove to be a good rallying crew for Tom Herman’s Texas team. While the Longhorns have yet to fully take off under their third-year head coach, they have managed to play incredibly well as an underdog since Herman’s arrival. Look for that trend to continue in this matchup. Don’t be surprised if Texas jumps out to an early lead in this game and LSU has to rally back in Austin. The true test of LSU’s new-look offense will come Saturday night, and while I am predicting Joe Burrow and company will pass the test, it won’t come nearly as easy as some are projecting heading into the matchup.

LSU 28 Texas 26

Chris: This line has moved 7 points in the last 2-3 weeks. SEVEN. I believe in LSU, and I believe in this offense. But, I also believe in home underdogs especially when they’re coached by Tom Herman considering they’re 13-2 in that spot. LSU wins and avenges the blackeye the SEC suffered in NOLA last January. However, they don’t cover.

LSU 31 Texas 27

Arkansas at Ole Miss (-6.5)

Michael: This is one of my favorite bets on the board this week. I advise everyone to take advantage of these free points while they last, this will be the final time this season Ole Miss is favored in a conference game. Arkansas certainly didn’t look great on offense last week against Portland State but the issues the Razorbacks had on that side of the ball were close to being resolved. Another week of timing in the passing game should help the team’s running game, which is already the strength of Chad Morris’ offense. The Ole Miss offense, on the other hand, made Memphis’ defense look like the 1985 Chicago Bears last weekend. While a low-scoring game is being anticipated, don’t be surprised if there are more points than expected in this matchup.

Arkansas 30 Ole Miss 23

Chris: It’s time for everyone’s favorite time of year…SEC FANBASE HUNGER GAMES!!!! Who advances and believes in their team for a few more weeks? And, who starts “Fire (insert coach here)” topics on message boards starting Saturday night? I picked Arkansas to beat Ole Miss before the season started, and y’all called me stupid then. So why not double down since y’all are gonna call me stupid for something else anyways? *Shrug*

Arkansas 24 Ole Miss 21