Week 1 SEC football schedule and score predictions

Dylan Thompson gets the first crack at what better be a much improved defense for the Aggies. I think the A&M offense will still be pretty good, with a good offensive line, stacked talent at receivers and underrated running backs. Heisman candidate QB Chuckie Keeton is back. CT SEC Network

Nashville, Tenn. Ill post my record (straight-up) on my picks as the season continues.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

12:00 PM Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks at Kentucky Wildcats

12:00 PM (5) Ohio State Buckeyes at Navy Midshipmen

12:00 PM (7) UCLA Bruins at Virginia Cavaliers

3:30 PM (2) Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Austin State Lumberjacks at (20) Kansas State Wildcats

7:30 PM Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Mississippi State Bulldogs

7:30 PM Fresno State Bulldogs at (15) USC Trojans

8:00 PM (1) Florida State Seminoles vs. 15 true freshmen and 19 newcomers are on the 2-deep for UT. All conference caliber PK Colby Delahoussaye will cash in on opportunities to put points and the board, and those will add up.

Prediction: LSU 29 Wisconsin 21

West Virginia (4-8) vs. Melvin Gordon leads the Badgers rushing attack that will once again be dynamic. The offensive line may be the best it has ever been in Columbia.

Prediction: Florida 45 Idaho 3

Arkansas (3-9, 0-8 SEC) at #6 Auburn (12-2, 7-1 SEC)

Series: AU leads, 12-10-1

3 p.m. There will be some ugly moments, but also some exciting ones for the fans as well.

Prediction: Tennessee 35 Utah State 24

SATURDAY, AUG. This game has plenty of intrigue.

Prediction: Auburn 45 Arkansas 17

Sunday, August 31, 2014

7:00 PM Utah State Aggies at Tennessee Volunteers

7:30 PM Southern Methodist Mustangs at (10) Baylor Bears

College Football Schedule Week 1 Top 25 & SEC

Thursday, August 28, 2014

6:00 PM (21) Texas A&M Aggies at (9) South Carolina Gamecocks

8:00 PM (18) Ole Miss Rebels vs. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium at Florida Field (88,548)

Sirius: 108 XM: 190

ESPNU: Anish Shroff, Kelly Stouffer and Niki Noto

VegasInsider Line: -36.5

Vinnys Vibe: Idaho is a great way to try out the new offense under Kurt Roper. Dak Prescott will have a monster game in an MSU win.

Prediction: Mississippi State 55 Southern Miss 16

Friday, August 29, 2014

7:30 PM Jacksonville State Gamecocks at (8) Michigan State Spartans

#14 Wisconsin (9-4) vs. ET ESPNU

Gainesville, Fla. AS long as neither QB is terrible, it should be enough for LSU to win where they win a lotthe state of Texas. I give SCs defense a much better chance of getting stops than A&Ms. Tennessee is as young as it gets in the country. Anyways, Patton Robinette gets a chance to show that Mason picked the right guy in the extended QB race.

Prediction: Vanderbilt 37 Temple 14

Idaho (1-11) at Florida (4-8, 3-5 SEC)

Series: First Meeting

7 p.m. #2 Alabama (11-2, 7-1 SEC)

Series: First Meeting

3:30 p.m. #24 Missouri (12-2, 7-1 SEC)

Series: First Meeting

2:30 p.m. CT SEC Network Last: AU, 35-17 (2013 at Fayetteville)

Auburn, Ala. Ive included a ton of info on each game including my analysis and a score prediction. Week 1 SEC Football Schedule/Analysis/Predictions

Boise State (8-5) vs. Their RG is only 61, 230. Commonwealth Stadium (62,093) Sirius: 108 XM: 190

SEC Network: Tom Hart, Matt Stinchcomb and Heather Mitts

VegasInsider Line: No Line

Vinnys Vibe: Patrick Towles gets to show what he can do against an overmatched UT Martin team. I think hes the real deal. Plus, nobody wins at Williams-Brice these days under the HBC.

Prediction: South Carolina 33 Texas A&M 20

South Dakota State (9-5) vs. CT ESPNU

Columbia, Mo. Laquon Treadwell and Vincent Sanders will have big days, as will QB Bo Wallace. Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (61,337)

Sirius: 84 XM: 84

SEC Network: Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Laura Rutledge

VegasInsider Line: Mississippi State -30.5

Vinnys Vibe: Its Mullen vs. ET ESPN

Atlanta, Ga. Nick Sabans guys handle his home-state school.

Prediction: Alabama 41 West Virginia 13

Temple (2-10) at Vanderbilt (9-4, 4-4 SEC)

Series: Tied, 1-1

8:15 p.m. All accounts are he looks like the old Chuckie. Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

Sirius: 91 XM: 91

SEC Network: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer, Maria Taylor and Kaylee Hartung

Westwood One Radio: John Sadak and Chris Doering

VegasInsider Line: South Carolina -10.5

Vinnys Vibe: Talking season is over, Coach Spurrier! Lets do this! College footballs two biggest stars the last two years are gone, but their teams match-up in a Top 25 Day 1 battle. Faurot Field / Memorial Stadium (72,000)

Sirius: 108 XM: 190

ESPNU: Clay Matvick, Anthony Becht and Cara Capuano

VegasInsider Line: No Line

Vinnys Vibe: Maty Mauk should have a big day. CT ESPN

Houston, Texas NRG Stadium (71,054)

Sirius: 126 XM: 205

ESPN: Sean McDonough, Chris Spielman and Todd McShay

Westwood One Radio: Jason Benetti and Derek Rackley

VegasInsider Line: LSU -5

Vinnys Vibe: Love this game. Tennessee is the only team in the country replacing every starters on the offensive and defensive lines. (14) Wisconsin Badgers (Houston)

10:30 PM (25) Washington Huskies at Hawaii Warriors

10:30 PM South Dakota Coyotes at (3) Oregon Ducks

Heres an SEC & Top 25 schedule for you.

THURSDAY, AUG. Georgia Dome (71,147)

Sirius: 91 XM: 91

ABC/ESPNU2: Dave Pasch, Brian Griese and Tom Luginbill

ESPN Radio: Marc Kestescher, Trevor Matich and Ian Fitzsimmons

VegasInsider Line: Alabama -26

Vinnys Vibe: Whos the quarterback for Alabama? Will both QBs play? How will Lane Kiffin call plays? How will he handle being on the sidelines and screaming distance away from Nick Saban. USM won its final game in 2013 to snap a 23-game losing streak. #18 Ole Miss (8-5, 3-5 SEC)

Series: First Meeting

8 p.m. I know whyto get bowl eligible. 28

(2013 RECORD)

#21 Texas A&M (9-4, 4-4 SEC) at #9 South Carolina (11-2, 6-2 SEC)

Series: First Meeting

6 p.m. Vanderbilt Stadium (40,350)

Sirius: 146 XM: 191

SEC Network: Dave Neal, Andre Ware and Laura Rutledge

VegasInsider Line: Vanderbilt -12

Vinnys Vibe: The only new coach on the SEC block debuts with the biggest name program on Vandys pathetic non-conference schedule, Temple. The 9 starters have combined for a total of 14 career starts. When will we see Nick Marshall? How much will he play? I cant wait to see dynamic Auburn JUCO WR Dhaquille Williams for Auburn. SC has a good stable of backs as well, led by Mike Davis. ET SEC Network

Knoxville, Tenn. The other 3 NC games are either FCS or just recently moved-up to FBS. Im skeptical. How will Justin Worley play? Can UT get the ball out of his hands and to the playmakers fast to allow them to make plays? How effective will Curt Maggitt be in his long-awaited return? The defense and special teams should show improved speed. CT SEC Network

Starkville, Miss. How will Bama divide carries in another very deep backfield? Atlanta is generally goo to the Crimson Tide. 62% has never started a game. He appears to be the real deal. Theyll move him around a lot. Florida isnt known as a high scoring team, but I expect the Gators to score in every way imaginable. West Virginia Mountaineers (Atlanta)

3:30 PM South Dakota State Jackrabbits at (24) Missouri Tigers

3:30 PM Florida Atlantic Owls at (22) Nebraska Cornhuskers

3:30 PM Rice Owls at (17) Notre Dame Fighting Irish

4:00 PM Arkansas Razorbacks at (6) Auburn Tigers

4:00 PM California-Davis Aggies at (11) Stanford Cardinal

5:30 PM (16) Clemson Tigers at (12) Georgia Bulldogs

6:00 PM Liberty Flames at (23) North Carolina Tar Heels

7:00 PM Idaho Vandals at Florida Gators

7:00 PM Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at (4) Oklahoma Sooners

7:10 PM Stephen F. Brock Huard and Shannon Spake

VegasInsider Line: Tennessee -6

Vinnys Vibe: This game is soldout. As long as Hutson Mason is solid and UGA can avoid more devastating injuries, the Bulldogs should win this game going away.

Prediction: Georgia 34 Clemson 20. #13 LSU (10-3, 5-3 SEC)

Series: LSU leads, 2-0

8 p.m. All that aside, Bama is far too deep and talented to get a game from a down West Virginia team. Georgia Dome (71,147)

Sirius: 108 XM: 190

ESPN: Rece Davis Todd Blackledge, David Pollack and Samantha Ponder

ESPN Radio: Bill Rosinski, David Norrie and Joe Schad

VegasInsider Line: Ole Miss -10

Vinnys Vibe: Boise State is still competitive and talented, but not what it was a few years ago when it was in position to bust the BCS. Gus The Genius wont think twice about cashing in some extra TDs at the end if he gets the opportunity. Bielema, pace of play duel those two had. The Rebels will wear down Boise with size and physicality that the Broncos cant match.

Prediction: Ole Miss 38 Boise State 24

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31

(2013 RECORD)

Utah State (9-5) at Tennessee (5-7, 2-6 SEC)

Series: First Meeting

7 p.m. 30

(2013 RECORD)

Tennessee-Martin (7-5) at Kentucky (2-10, 0-8 SEC)

Series: First Meeting

Noon ET SEC Network

Lexington, Ky. The UK d-line will have a big day against an undersized o-line. ET ESPN

Athens, Ga. Auburn is too talented and too fast for Arkansas. In essence, Vandy plays 3 FCS teams. Oklahoma State Cowboys (Arlington)

9:00 PM (13) Louisiana State Tigers vs. Two tough, physical football teams that love to run the football. ET ABC/ESPN2

Atlanta, Ga. Jordan-Hare Stadium (87,451)

Sirius: 84 XM: 84

SEC Network: Brent Musburger, Jesse Palmer and Maria Taylor

Sports USA Radio: John Ahlers and Gary Barnett

VegasInsider Line: Auburn -19

Vinnys Vibe: This game has extra spice with the Malzahn vs. The flip side is they do have 108 games played. Neyland Stadium (102,455)

Sirius: 91 XM: 91

SEC Network: Joe Tessitore. The talent is improving without question, thanks to Butch Jones recruiting efforts. MullensMississippi State coach Dan against Southern Miss QB Nick. LSU true freshman super-stud Leonard Fournette is as hyped a player as weve seen in some time. ET SEC Network

Columbia, S.C. 49% of the depth chart has never played in a game. Then the question becomes, are the once non-starters now starting good enough? Utah State is a pretty decent way to get an early read on that. He looks like he has special written all over him. The once proud Golden Eagles program has been a disaster the last two years. Will he be as willing to run? Can Tennessee contain him in the pocket? I think UT needs to hold him to under 50 yards rushing and less than 200 yards passing. The Tigers should win handily.

Prediction: Missouri 52 South Dakota State 17

Southern Miss (1-11) at Mississippi State (7-6, 3-5 SEC)

Series: USM leads, 14-12-1

6:30 p.m. Watch for #2 for Texas A&M, 5-star WR Speedy Noil. We may get an early feel for which wide receivers will come up big. Bud Dupree, ZaDarius Smith and the front seven will eat in this game.

Prediction: Kentucky 38 Tennessee-Martin 10

Here are my predictions for this weeks SEC football games. It is the first sellout in a home opener since 2007. Another losing streak starts in Starkville. I think Georgias defense, especially the front seven will be much improved this year. Boise State Broncos (Atlanta)

9:15 PM Temple Owls at Vanderbilt Commodores

10:30 PM Weber State Wildcats at (19) Arizona State Sun Devils

#16 Clemson (11-2) at #12 Georgia (8-5, 5-3 SEC)

Series: UGA leads, 41-18-4

5:30 p.m. Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Sirius: 126 XM: 205

ESPN: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe

Compass Media: Gregg Daniels and Dale Hellestrae

VegasInsider Line: Georgia -7.5

Vinnys Vibe: With a thin Georgia secondary, can Clemson throw the ball enough to make some plays? Will we see talented true freshman QB Deshaun Watson some for the Tigers

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