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SEC Week 2 Best Bets: Georgia Delivers Early TD

Texas vs Alabama the Game of the Week

After six SEC teams scheduled games against Football Championship Subdivision programs in Week 1, things could be a little more challenging this week.

The Alabama-Texas, Texas A&M-Miami and Ole Miss-Tulane matchups could be the ones to keep an eye on when it comes to making college football predictions.

There are six games with college football betting lines in the single digits, so this is a weekend where the SEC will be back in the spotlight after a so-so opening week that saw LSU, South Carolina and Florida all lose by more than 10 points.

Let’s take a look at some of the options for those who bet online when it comes to the Week 2 schedule in the SEC. The results are likely to impact the national title odds for the SEC contenders.

Week 2 starts with an 11 a.m. ET kickoff for visiting Vanderbilt against Wake Forest out of the ACC. The Commodores are the only SEC team listed by the college football odds as an underdog on Saturday.

Defending National Champions to Score Early

It is hard to make many observations after Georgia cruised past a Football Championship Subdivision team in the season opener.

Perhaps Ball State will offer more resistance for Georgia than UT Martindid. Still, Ball State allowed nearly seven yards per play in a season-opening loss to Kentucky. Now comes a matchup against not just another SEC team, but the two-time defending national champions.

The Cardinals should have their hands full with Brock Bowers and the rest of the Georgia offense.

Georgia didn’t score on its first possession last week. Don’t be surprised to see that change on Saturday.

SEC Week 2 Best Bets: Georgia Delivers Early TD
Brock Bowers #19 of the Georgia Bulldogs | Todd Kirkland/Getty Images/AFP

Ole Miss to Get Defensive vs Tulane

In Week 1, both Ole Miss and Tulane scored in all four quarters. However, the degree of difficulty is going up after Ole Miss rolled past Mercer and Tulane barely had to break a sweat against South Alabama.

Both of these teams would be fine establishing the run early on and the defenses should be ready for challenging matchups.

Don’t look for this to finish as a 17-14 game. However, could there be a scoreless quarter mixed in there when these two ranked teams square off? Absolutely.

Alabama Run Defense to Be Tested

When Texas and Alabama met a season ago, points were hard to come by as there were twice as many field goals as touchdowns scored in Alabama’s 20-19 victory.

There could be more trips to the end zone in the rematch even if star running backs Bijan Robinson of Texas and Jahmyr Gibbs of Alabama are now in the NFL.

Jase McClellan broke free for an 81-yard score in the 2022 game. He could find the end zone again. However, the best payout comes if he is a multiple-touchdown scorer and we are not ready to go there.

Jaydon Blue showed some escapability for Texas in the season opener and what could be better than scoring your first collegiate touchdown in Tuscaloosa against Alabama?

Arkansas Set to Pile Up Yards and Points

It is just a hunch that after the foolish decision by those responsible for running the UCF football social media accounts to reference Shannon Sharpe’s “call in the National Guard” against Kent State. it won’t be repeated by anybody from Arkansas this weekend.

Kent State gave up 723 yards to UCF last week and Arkansas quarterback KJ Jefferson had a pretty quiet season opener.

Jefferson averaged 369 yards of total offense in the first non-SEC games a season ago and he could have a huge game against the Golden Flashes. That makes the 57.5 total look pretty approachable.

Go With Vandy to Be Dandy in Closing Minutes

Vanderbilt is expected to take the next step in 2023 after winning five games in 2022. However, the Commodores looked just OK in the season opener with Hawaii throwing a scare into the favored ‘Dores.

Even with quarterback Sam Hartman now at Notre Dame, expect Wake Forest to take control of this game.

If things go that way, perhaps Wake Forest will be pulling its top players early in this game, so with that in mind, go with Vanderbilt to score the game’s final points.

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