Mar 25, 2023
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Week Two SEC Predictions
Last week's predictions were 9-3. After a thrilling 27-21 victory over Oregon to open the 2019 season, Auburn plays Tulane at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The contest starts at 6:30 p.m. CT and can be seen on ESPN2.

Tulane at Auburn

Saturday's game will be the 38th all-time meeting between the two teams and the first since 2006. Tulane leads the all-time series 17-14-6. The teams first played each other in 1902, and they met annually from 1921-1955.

Tulane got off to a good start in its first game of the season by beating Florida International 42-14. Quarterback Justin McMillan passed for 199 yards and two touchdowns and the offense racked up 350 yards on the ground. McMillan, a graduate transfer from LSU, completed 14-of-18 passes and did not throw an interception.

After falling behind 21-6, Auburn rallied in the second half behind quarterback Bo Nix and a defense that finally clamped down and made some big plays late in the game.

Nix made some mistakes but got the job done when it mattered. The true freshman completed 13-of-31 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while adding another 42 yards on seven carries. His game-winner with 9 seconds left to Seth Williams was huge for his confidence going forward.

A few bright spots came at receiver with the return of Eli Stove and Will Hastings. Both were at full speed after ACL surgeries last year and both had productive performances. Stove was on the receiving end of Nix's first career touchdown, and he also had a key 36-yard run on a speed sweep. Hastings had a 38-yard reception for the first completion of Nix's career.

Auburn's running game was decent with Boobee Whitlow leading the way with 24 carries for 110 yards. It was Whitlow's fourth 100-yard game of his career.

Defensively, the Tigers gave up some big plays in the first half but finally figure things out after halftime. Big Kat Bryant recovered a fumble when Oregon was poised to score deep in Auburn territory and the run defense held the Ducks to 13 yards on 13 attempts.

The young linebacking corps of Zakoby McClain, K.J. Britt and Owen Pappoe all performed well against Oregon. Britt had seven tackles, including 1.5 for a loss and added a quarterback hurry. McClain had four tackles, with one for a loss and Pappoe started in his first career game and ended up with five tackles, four of which were solo stops, and a pass breakup.

Prediction: Auburn 50-10.

West Virginia at Missouri

Prediction: Missouri 23-17.

Charleston So at S Carolina

Prediction: S Carolina 40-6.

Vanderbilt at Purdue

Prediction: Purdue 28-21.

Texas A&M at Clemson

Prediction: Clemson 30-14.

Southern Miss at Miss St

Prediction: Miss St 32-24.

New Mexico St at Alabama

Prediction: Alabama 63-7.

Murray State at Georgia

Prediction: Georgia 54-6.

BYU at Tennessee

Prediction: Tennessee 14-6.

LSU at Texas

Prediction: LSU 23-20.

UT Martin at Florida

Prediction: Florida 45-13.

E Michigan at Kentucky

Prediction: Kentucky 27-17.

Arkansas at Ole Miss

Prediction: Ole Miss 23-20.