One of the great things about college football is that there are almost always surprises early in the season and there were a bunch of them last week. I am not sure that will be the case in week two though.
Here is a look at some of the interesting games outside the SEC this week.
Washington State at Southern Cal--I am going to go out on a limb and pick the Cougars to win at Southern Cal. I watched the Trojans in their opener and wasn't impressed with their quarterback play.
Oregon at Virginia--This is a cross country road trip for the Ducks to play an ACC opponent that knocked off BYU last week, but Oregon will have too much scoring punch for the Cavaliers to handle.
Taking a look at this week's SEC games.
Miami of Ohio at Kentucky--Neither team is expected to do much in their conferences. Miami was blown out in the second half of its opener vs. Marshall while the Wildcats fell to Western Kentucky for a second straight year. With his game being in Lexington, I will go with Kentucky.
Western Kentucky at Tennessee--The Vols had no problems with Austin Peay in the opener, but this is a much tougher opponent. Although Vols are favored to win at home, I am picking the Hilltoppers to pick up another win over an SEC team after knocking off Kentucky last week.
Alcorn State at Mississippi State--This is a mismatch the Bulldogs will win with ease.
Toledo at Missouri--Toledo takes another shot at an SEC team after losing at Florida, but look for the Rockets to fall to 0-2 and Missouri to improve to 2-0.
Samford at Arkansas--Arkansas played well in its opener and won't be seriously tested by the Bulldogs.
UAB at LSU--Coach Les Miles probably liked what he saw in his team's opening game victory over TCU. The rebuilt defense performed well and LSU was effective running and passing the ball for its new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. Look for LSU to improve to 2-0 without too much trouble.
Southeast Missouri State at Ole Miss--The Rebels took a hard-fought victory at Vandy and will have an easier time in their home opener against a visitor that shouldn't be competitive with an SEC team.
Austin Peay at Vanderbilt--The visitors won't have any more success in Nashville than they did last Saturday in a blowout loss to the Tennessee Vols.
South Carolina at Georgia--The Bulldogs may be the favorite and have homefield advantage, but from what I saw in the opening games South Carolina was the better team. Plus, with the Gamecocks opening on Thursday night they have two extra days to prepare. Georgia is really good on offense, but that was such a blood-letting on Saturday night the Bulldogs are going to have a hard time getting over that both mentally and physically.
I like South Carolina's experience and both of the quarterbacks Coach Spurrier is using this year. In losing at Clemson the Bulldogs also lost their best wide receiver to an injury. I expect the Gamecocks to get out of Athens with a win.
Arkansas State at Auburn--The Tigers should have more good players than Arkansas State has. This is an SEC school going against a Sun Belt Conference school and the SEC team is supposed to win, even against the two-time defending Sun Belt champion.
Without a doubt Arkansas State will be a highly motivated team on Saturday night. Those kids will really want to play well against their former coach. That is probably one of the reasons Gus Malzahn said his Tigers will need to be improved this week to move to 2-0, which I expect to happen.
(Last week's record: 12-1)