The Gamecocks are a bit beaten up after their SEC opener with Vanderbilt, but fortunately for South Carolina, the no-defense Pirates of East Carolina are rolling into town. South Carolina needs to get better in pass coverage because the Pirates have good offensive talent, and this game might not be comfortable for Steve Spurrier and company.
FLORIDA at TEXAS A&M
This was supposed to be Texas A&M's second game of the year, but Hurricane Isaac forced a change in plans. As a result, the Aggies are at a huge disadvantage here, playing for the first time while Florida already has a game under its belt.
In A&M's favor is the fact that Florida still looks to be a bit of a mess after not being able to put Bowling Green away for good until late in the game last week. At least the Gators have decided firmly on Jeff Driskel as the starting quarterback. The Aggies will be amped up for their first SEC conference game, but look for Florida to eke out a win on the road.
WESTERN KENTUCKY at ALABAMA
Remember all of those questions about the holes on Alabama's defense? Not an issue.
After last week's demolishing of the Wolverines, the Crimson Tide get a cake walk with the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers this week before next week's showdown in Fayetteville vs. Arkansas.
I don't expect Alabama's offense to be flashy and give Arkansas much on tape, so this will be a simple, yet emphatic win for the Tide.
GEORGIA STATE at TENNESSEE
Tennessee looked every bit like an SEC East contender last week in its win over N.C. State.
Now, it's time to build on that performance vs. Georgia State in preparation for next week's showdown vs. Florida.
The Vol's secondary nabbed four picks against the Wolfpack, but blew several coverages, causing new defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri to crank up the pressure which caused several mistakes.
This is the game in which the Volunteers need to get those secondary issues resolved, because next week's game could determine which team, Florida or Tennessee, will contend with Georgia and South Carolina for the SEC East title.
LOUISIANA-MONROE at ARKANSAS
The Hogs rolled up Jacksonville State last week, and quarterback Tyler Wilson looked like a legitimate Heisman candidate. He completed 19-of-27 passes for 367 yards and three touchdowns for the Razorbacks.
More importantly, wide receivers Brandon Mitchell and Javontee Herndon combined for 218 receiving yards. That's important for Arkansas, which is looking for more downfield weapons opposite of wide receiver Cobi Hamilton and tight end Chris Gragg.
Defensively, there still are a few issues to work out, and the tune up this week before hosting Alabama is a nice luxury to have.
This one is going to get ugly for ULM.
TEXAS-EL PASO at MISSISSIPPI
Ole Miss fans were probably gleaming at the prospect of starting 2-0 on the season; until they saw UTEP nearly upset Oklahoma in the Miners' season opener.
Ole Miss, meanwhile, had more trouble than it should have with Central Arkansas, not looking sharp at all on defense. If UTEP were to knock off Ole Miss, it would still be a huge surprise, not to mention an embarrassment for Rebel fans. But hey, it's possible.
GEORGIA at MISSOURI
The Bulldogs sleepwalked through the opener against Buffalo, which was somewhat disturbing given the amount of talent Georgia is supposed to have on defense.
Missouri opened with a lower-division opponent, so there's not much to be gathered about the Tigers. They figure to be emotionally charged for this game, but Georgia should still win it if the Bulldogs can avoid showing up overconfident.
This game is the closest thing this week to an “upset special” in the SEC.
VANDERBILT at NORTHWESTERN
The Commodores lost a heart-breaker last week at home to South Carolina.
The biggest key for them now is to not let that game beat them twice, because the Northwestern Wildcats will prove a dangerous test coming off a thrilling win on the road at Syracuse on opening weekend.
The Wildcats gave up 470 passing yards last week to the Orange, so expect Vandy quarterbacks Jordan Rodgers and Jordan Matthews to be featured early and often.
This isn't the best matchup of the weekend, but it's still pretty intriguing.
KENT STATE at KENTUCKY
Kentucky didn't look great in their loss to rival Louisville, but if there was a bright spot, it was the play of Maxwell Smith at quarterback.
He completed 35-of-50 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns, which isn't bad, especially considering he got little help from the run game.
The Wildcats are hoping Kent State's players run the wrong way again, since it would give Kentucky the chance they need to win the game. WARNING: Joker Phillips' job is in serious jeopardy.
I'm sitting here watch the Gamecocks completely destroy my Pirates! For the past two weeks I have been posting that ECU is not "the little guy" anymore and the Gamecocks better watch out. I'm sorry. I was wrong. I am eating crow and deservedly so. The Gamecocks are a great team and they are 9th in the country for a reason. I wish them great luck for the rest of the season and hope they get the big prize. I will not make any stupid posts anymore. I have learned my lesson. Thank you guys for not beating me up too bad, although I deserve it.