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SEC Fearless Predictions, Sept. 6, Part 2
LSU RB Charles Scott
LSU RB Charles Scott
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Posted Aug 6, 2008


Previews and Predictions for the Week 2 SEC, Part 2

- SEC Fearless Predictions Week One

SEC
East  Florida | Georgia | Kentucky | South Carolina | Tennessee | Vanderbilt 
West Alabama | Arkansas | Auburn | LSU | Ole Miss | Miss State

How are the picks so far? SU: 8-4 ... ATS: 2-7

- SEC Fearless Predictions, Week Two

Saturday, September 6

Norfolk State (1-0) at Kentucky (1-0)  6:00 EST, GamePlan
Why to watch: Where did that come from? Kentucky ... with a defense?! The Wildcats stuffed Louisville in a 27-2 loss with the defense and special teams carrying the way, and now there's a nice, cushy three game stretch against Norfolk State, Middle Tennessee, and Western Kentucky to pad the record to 4-0 before dealing with a road trip to Alabama. Norfolk State beat Virginia State 47-7 last week, and it shouldn't have too many problems next week when MEAC play starts up against North Carolina A&T. This is a veteran Spartan team that could provide a bit more pop than Louisville was able to. That's not a joke.
Why Norfolk State might win: Kentucky played on Sunday afternoon. It'll be a short week and the focus won't likely be there after throttling the archrival. The team knows it's supposed to roll through the next few weeks and is sure to go through the motions. NSU has a great balanced offense with the receivers to get deep, while the defensive front is great at getting into the backfield cranking out six sacks and 12 tackles for loss last week.
Why Kentucky might win: Alright, so Norfolk State isn't going to have more offensive firepower than Louisville. The Spartans will blow up the MEAC, but that's the MEAC. To put the discrepancy into perspective, NSU went 8-3 last season and was one of the FCS's best defensive teams. Rutgers won an early season showdown 59-0. If the UK defense plays with just a little bit of the intensity and focus it had against Louisville, this should be a walk in the park.
Who to watch
: This is the type of game for players to stretch out their legs to see what they've got. UK QB Mike Hartline didn't exactly conjure up memories of Tim Couch, but he didn't make many mistakes completing 16 of 31 passes for 147 yards. While that wasn't great, the running game was worse. Tony Dixon led the way with 27 yards on 12 carries, and now the Wildcats have a month to get the attack humming before facing Alabama. It starts this week.
What will happen: Norfolk State 7 ... Louisville 2.
CFN Prediction: Kentucky 48 ... Norfolk State 7 ... Line: No Line
Must See Rating: (5 Entourage premiere - 1 One Tree Hill premiere) … 1
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Tulane (0-0) at Alabama (1-0)  7:00 EST, GamePlan
Why to watch: Alright Alabama, now we're all watching you. Head coach Nick Saban might be urging everyone to temper their expectations after a dominant 34-10 win over Clemson in the Georgia Dome, but no one's buying it. If you can blow away a national title-caliber team that badly, your time is now and the spotlight is on. The Tide will blow through the next two weeks against Tulane and Western Kentucky, will go through the motions and beat Arkansas, and then it's on. The September 27th game at Georgia now looks like something special. First, the Tide has to prove that it can keep its head on straight against a Tulane team playing its first game of the year. If it's possible to use Alabama as a tune-up game in some way, Tulane has to do it with a key Conference USA battle against East Carolina next week.
Why Tulane might win: Don't forget, most of the players on last year's team that clunked in the second half of the season are back. If UL Monroe can win in Tuscaloosa, then so can Tulane. The Green Wave has a nice back in Andre Anderson to take over for Matt Forte, while the offensive line is solid enough to keep the chains moving for a few stretches. There's no way, no how Alabama will maintain the same intensity two weeks in a row. The letdown is coming.
Why Alabama might win: Besides the fear of a deadly hurricane putting the school and the city under water, relocating to be able to practice, and the worries of having their lives turned completely upside down for the second time in three years, what does Tulane have to worry about? Some off week. Thankfully, all appears to be as good as could be expected, but the distraction won't help an already tough situation. If Alabama generates the pressure it did against Clemson, this won't be pretty.
Who to watch
: 22-of-30, 180 yards, two touchdowns, 19 rushing yards, one rushing score. That's exactly what Bama fans and coaches are hoping for from John Parker Wilson, the up-and-down streaky senior who finally appears to have settled into his role as the leader of the upgraded offense. He doesn't have to come up with many YouTube Julio Jones-like heaves; he just has to keep his mistakes to a minimum and he has to be efficient. He can do that.    
What will happen: Alabama will be pumped up out of the tunnel, but will have a hard time bringing the intensity for the first half. Even so, the defense will tee off on the Tulane running game, the Green Wave passing attack won't work well enough, and the Tide will come away with a sloppy win.
CFN Prediction: Alabama 30 ... Tulane 9 ... Line: Alabama -29.5
Must See Rating: (5 Entourage premiere - 1 One Tree Hill premiere) … 2
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SE Louisiana (1-0) at Mississippi State (0-1)  7:00 EST
Why to watch: Well that didn't work out well. Mississippi State's season started off with a crashing thud losing 22-14 to a veteran, pumped p Louisiana Tech team that out MSUed, MSU by forcing turnovers and capitalizing on every mistake. Now the Bulldogs (the Mississippi State kind) get a week off against a SE Louisiana team that got by Alcorn State 34-28. Alcorn State should be one of the nation's worst FCS teams, and SE Louisiana isn't far behind. MSU needs to find its groove against with Auburn, at Georgia Tech and at LSU coming up in the next three weeks, and the Lions will provide just the opportunity to do it.   
Why SE Louisiana might win: It's not like Mississippi State is going to come out and hang a half-a-hundred on the board. Even against a mediocre Lion defense, MSU will likely struggle to get a consistent passing game going. The rushing attack is another story, but SELa has a relatively decent line that should be able to hang tough for a quarter or so.
Why Mississippi State might win: The Lions are about to get pounced on. MSU might have lost last week, but the defense did its job by keeping the Louisiana Tech offense under wraps. The offense even moved the ball well, but turnovers proved to be a killer. As long as MSU hangs on to the ball and doesn't make any major mistakes, it should be able to walk away with an easy win.
Who to watch
: Just when the Louisiana Tech game was getting its tightest, the MSU coaching staff went with Tyson Lee, who completed 10 of 15 passes for 85 yards on the day. While he held on to the ball too long, he didn't make the mistakes that Wesley Carroll did. Head coach Sylvester Croom has gone out of his way to say that Carroll is still the starter, but the two-quarterback system will stay. However, if Carroll struggles, it'll be more and more of Lee in bigger moments.            
What will happen: MSU's defense will shut down and shut out a SE Louisiana offense that couldn't get the running game going against Alcorn State, and certainly won't be able to do it this week.
CFN Prediction: Mississippi State 48 ... SE Louisiana 0 ... Line: No Line
Must See Rating: (5 Entourage premiere - 1 One Tree Hill premiere) … 1
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Arkansas (1-0) at UL Monroe (0-1) (in Little Rock)   7:00 EST, GamePlan
Why to watch: Despite a 34-0 loss to Auburn, UL Monroe is one of the Sun Belt's better teams. The Warhawks beat Alabama last year and has the type of offense that can do just enough to pull off an upset if given the right breaks. Arkansas did its best to give Western Illinois several chances last week in a way-too-tough 28-24 win that was pulled out late thanks to QB Casey Dick. The Bobby Petrino era didn't exactly get off the bang expected, but the Hogs found a way to win and now they have to find a way to stay focused with dates against Texas and Alabama up next. Still trying to get the new, upgraded passing game in place, Arkansas is a work in progress. UL Monroe has a decent opportunity to take advantage and come up with a neutral site (at least in theory) shocker.
Why Arkansas might win: The passing game actually worked. Dick was strong all off-season as he took to the new offense, and he came through with a 318-yard effort with two touchdowns against WIU. ULM did a good job against the Auburn passing attack, but it couldn't handle the ground game. If Arkansas wants to line up and start pounding it, something it didn't do last week, it should be able to. The Hog O line is far better than the ULM defensive front except when it comes to ...
Why UL Monroe might win: Keeping Dick upright. WIU was able to generate four sacks and eight tackles for loss, and ULM, if it wanted to sell out a bit, should be able to generate a little bit of pressure. And then there's the Warhawk running game. It didn't get off the ground against Auburn, but the Arkansas defensive front, along with a struggling linebacking corps, gave up 157 yards and a touchdown to WIU's Herb Donaldson. ULM should be able to crank out close to five yards per carry for long stretches.
Who to watch
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Darren McFadden and Felix Jones, where are you? Arkansas only managed 76 yards of rushing offense against WIU last week with De'Anthony Curtis gaining 36 of them, Casey Dick getting 12 yards and two scores, and Dennis Johnson running for 18 yards. Now the attack gets its new main man back as Michael Smith, who was suspended in the opener for "improper use of scholarship textbooks." The offense will continue to rely on Dick and the passing game, but now there's a home-run hitting rushing threat to work with.            
What will happen: Arkansas will have its dry patches here and there, and ULM will run for well over 200 yards, and in the end the Hog offensive line will control the game in the fourth quarter to get through another tougher-than-expected battle.
CFN Prediction: Arkansas 23 ... UL Monroe 14 ... Line: Arkansas -11
Must See Rating: (5 Entourage premiere - 1 One Tree Hill premiere) … 2
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Troy (1-0) at LSU (1-0)  8:00 EST, GamePlan
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