Dec 15, 2018 (Akademos, Inc.)
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  Week Two SEC Predictions

Last week's predictions were 8-5. After a disappointing 19-13 loss to Clemson, Auburn hosts Arkansas State Saturday at 6:30 pm CT on the SEC Network. The Tigers are 3-0 all-time against Arkansas State.

Arkansas St. at Auburn

ASU, coached by Blake Anderson, won the Sun Belt Conference last season while averaging 40 ppg and 438.5 yards of total offense. The Red Wolves return six starters on offense and seven on the defensive side.

The defense ranked No. 112 in pass defense last year (267.8 yards allowed per game), allowed 30.2 ppg and 419.2 total ypg.

ASU played its first contest of the 2016 season at home against Toledo that resulted in a 31-10 loss. Playing at Jordan-Hare Stadium at night, chances are slim for the Red Wolves to even their record at 1-1.

Auburn will look to get things going on the offensive side against the Red Wolves before starting SEC play against Texas A&M on Sept. 17.

The Tigers were sluggish in the first half against Clemson but seemed to move the ball a bit better after haltime. The 262 total yards of offense was the eighth-worst offensive output of Gus Malzahn's 11-year career as a coordinator or head coach.

Sean White started at quarterback but both Jeremy Johnson and John Franklin III saw action. White completed 10 of 21 passes for 140 yards and an interception, while Johnson was 4 of 6 for 38 yards, an interception and a fumble, and Franklin was 1 of 1 for minus-3 yards.

On the ground, the Tigers gained just 127 yards with Kerryon Johnson finishing with 94 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown.

On the defensive side, Auburn did pretty well at keeping Clemson's explosive offense from lighting up the scoreboard. Clemson had 399 yards of total offense and quarterback Deshaun Watson finshed the contest 19 of 34 for 248 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Special teams was solid as expected with kicker Daniel Carlson good on two field goal attempts, one for 53 and the other for 32. Carlson also had three of his four kickoffs go for touchbacks.

Punter Kevin Phillips averaged 44.4 yards on five attempts, with one landing inside the 20-yard line.

Prediction: Auburn 20-7.

Nicholls State at Georgia

Prediction: Georgia 50-6.

PV A&M at Texas A&M

Prediction: Texas A&M 70-3.

W Kentucky at Alabama

Prediction: Alabama 51-13.

Kentucky at Florida

Prediction: Florida 28-7.

Wofford at Ole Miss

Prediction: Ole Miss 34-7.

Mid Tennessee at Vanderbilt

Prediction: Vandy 26-10.

Arkansas at TCU

Prediction: TCU 30-10.

South Carolina at Miss St

Prediction: Miss St 14-10.

Jacksonville St at LSU

Prediction: LSU 24-20.

E Michigan at Missouri

Prediction: Missouri 34-17.

Virginia Tech vs Tennessee

Prediction: Tennessee 23-19.


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