Week One of college football has all 14 SEC football teams in action. It is going to be a weekend filled with SEC wins.
The weekend matchups are listed below. At worst the SEC should finish on Saturday at 12-2, but my prediction is 13-1.
SEC Football – Thursday, Sept. 1
Note: Predicted winning team in bold
- Ball State at Tennessee – The Volunteers have a ‘name the score’ game against the Cardinals. Ball State was not terrible last season, going 6-7. A 31-point loss at Penn State was not a complete embarrassment. Losing 51-20 to Georgia State in the Camellia Bowl was, including a 31-0 Georgia State run in the second half. Ball State will not be a measurement of how much the Tennessee defense has improved.
- Louisiana Tech at Missouri – The Tigers need any win they can achieve and the Bulldogs will provide one. Louisiana Tech and new coach Sonny Cumbie should improve on last season’s 3-9 record, while still being one of the weakest teams in a weak CUSA.
SEC Football – Saturday, Sept. 3
- Sam Houston State at Texas A&M – According to one ranking, SHSU is the No. 2 team among the 130 that play FCS football. Will they challenge the Aggies? Absolutely not.
- Cincinnati at Arkansas – Don’t be confused because the Bearcats made the CFB Playoffs last season. They may put up a scrappy fight against the Razorbacks, but Arkansas has too much talent for the Cincy defense, even without NFL first-rounder, Treylon Burks.
- Oregon vs. Georgia in Atlanta – In an almost home game for the Bulldogs, one of the better Pac 12 teams will be exposed as not a Playoff contender. Georgia’s defense will not be as good but an improved offense will make up for it.
- Troy at Ole Miss – Kiffin has a major rebuild with a much turned-over roster. He brought in lots of help through transfers. The Trojans will be better than last season, but not good enough to take down the Rebels.