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  Week Two SEC Predictions

Last week's predictions were 13-1. Auburn and Clemson will take the field Saturday evening at 6 pm CT on ESPN. Auburn leads the all-time series 34-14-2. Clemson has won the last three meetings of the series and Dabo Swinney is 3-1 against Auburn. Last year's contest in Auburn was a defensive battle with Clemson coming out on top 19-13.

Auburn at Clemson

Auburn won its opener 41-7 over Georgia Southern at Jordan-Hare Stadium. In his debut under center, Jarrett Stidham may have been a little rusty but still had a solid performance finishing 14 for 24 for 185 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also had nine carries for 17 yards and a score.

With Kamryn Pettway suspended for the game and Kerryon Johnson suffering a hamstring injury in the first half, Kam Martin took advantage of the playing time finishing with 136 yards on 14 carries.

The contest against Georgia Southern was all about Auburn's defense. Facing a triple-option offense, Auburn's front seven had 12 tackles for loss with five sacks, and the defense held Georgia Southern to just 78 yards.

It was only the seventh time Auburn held an opponent to less than 100 yards of total offense, and the first time an opponent was held under 100 yards since Ball State had 92 yards in 2001.

This week's game at Clemson will definitely be a tougher test for Auburn against the defending College Football Playoff National Champions.

Clemson cruised to an easy 56-3 victory over Kent State last Saturday. With quarterback Deshaun Watson now in the NFL, Kelly Bryant is the new leader for Clemson's offense. Against Kent State, Bryant passed for 236 yards and a touchdown, and added 77 yards on the ground in his first start. Clemson's offense racked up 353 rushing yards and 312 passing yards in the contest.

Clemson gained 665 yards to 120 yards for the Golden Flashes. The 665 yards were more than they gained in any game last season.

Swinney's team is looking to get back to the playoffs for a third straight season despite losing leading receiver Mike Williams and leading rusher Wayne Gallman to the NFL.

Defensively, Clemson will also be without linebacker Ben Boulware and cornerback Cordrea Tankersley from last year's team. The unit averaged 3.27 sacks per game last season and Dexter Lawrence returns after recording seven sacks in 2016.

Prediction: Clemson 20-17.

E Kentucky at Kentucky

Prediction: Kentucky 41-7.

UT Martin at Ole Miss

Prediction: Ole Miss 30-10.

Fresno State at Alabama

Prediction: Alabama 51-7.

TCU at Arkansas

Prediction: Arkansas 24-14.

Indiana State at Tennessee

Prediction: Tennessee 48-12.

Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt

Prediction: Vanderbilt 35-10.

South Carolina at Missouri

Prediction: Missouri 45-37.

Nicholls at Texas A&M

Prediction: Texas A&M 56-6.

Chattanooga at LSU

Prediction: LSU 45-3.

Georgia at Notre Dame

Prediction: Notre Dame 27-17.

N Colorado at Florida

Prediction: Florida 34-0.

Miss St at LA Tech

Prediction: LA Tech 26-21.

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