After a tough first week, LSU and Texas A&M will try to defend the SEC's honor

Last week the SEC had four ugly non-conferences losses. LSU and Texas A&M have a chance to fix that this week.

Take a snap shot, boys, because you’re probably ain’t going see this again this season.

**--Auburn was a 3 ½ point favorite over Oregon and scores a touchdown with nine seconds left to win 27-21 and cover,

**--Georgia wins 30-6 at Vanderbilt and covers the 21.

**--Ole Miss is a six-point dog at Memphis, which wins 15-10 but doesn’t cover.

**--Alabama easily beats Duke and covers the 35.

**--LSU was a 26-point a favorite and wins 55-3.

The only hiccup last week was South Carolina, a 9 ½ point favorite over North Carolina that lost straight up, 24-20.

Count them up and that’s 5-1 start for Mr. CFB.

Let’s see how this week goes:

The game: LSU at Texas (plus 4.5), 7:30 p.m., ABC

Over/Under: 52.5

The Pick: LSU

The score: LSU 28, Texas 17

The skinny: LSU unveiled its new up-tempo spread offense last week against Georgia Southern and the early returns were good. LSU won 55-3 over a team that won 10 games last season and QB Joe Burrow had five touchdowns passes, all in the first half. Despite the number I like LSU to cover because the Longhorn have some injury issues at running back.

The game: Texas A&M (plus 17.5) at Clemson, 3:30 p.m., ABC.

Over/Under: 61

The Pick: Texas A&M

The score: Clemson 35, Texas A&M 20.

The skinny: Two things have to happen to keep Texas A&M in the hunt against the defending national champions. Aggie quarterback Kellen Mond needs to have a monster game, as he did in a 28-26 loss to Clemson last season in College Station. Texas A&M also needs to hold Clemson’s Travis Etiene to under 100 yards rushing. Clemson wins but the Tigers don’t cover.

The game: Arkansas (plus 7) at Ole Miss, 7:30 p.m., SEC Network

Over/Under: 55

The Pick: Ole Miss

The score: Ole Miss 28, Arkansas 20.

The skinny: Ole Miss went 1-7 in the SEC last season, and the one was against Arkansas. Arkansas went 0-8 in the SEC. The last five games between these two teams were all close and this one will be as well. Arkansas struggled to get past Portland State (20-13) last week. That is not a good sign. Ole Miss covers.

The game: West Virginia (plus 14.5) at Missouri, Noon, ESPN2.

Over/Under: 62.5

The Pick: Missouri.

The score: Missouri 42, West Virginia 27.

The skinny: Last week’s loss at Wyoming was a major embarrassment for a Missouri team that was picked as a dark horse contender in the SEC East. QB Kelly Bryant put up huge numbers in his first start for Mizzou and will do it again against West Virginia, which is rebuilding under new coach Neal Brown. Missouri bounces back and covers.

The game: Vanderbilt (plus 8.5) at Purdue, Noon, Big Ten Network

Over/Under: 56

The Pick: Vanderbilt

The score: Purdue 28, Vanderbilt 20.

The skinny: Purdue stumbled out of the gate, losing to Nevada on a field goal at the buzzer. Vanderbilt lost 30-6 at home to Georgia in a game that wasn’t that close. Purdue wins at home but the Boilermakers don’t cover.

The game: BYU (plus 3.5) at Tennessee, 7 p.m., ESPN.

Over/Under: 50.5

The Pick: Tennessee

The score: Tennessee 31, BYU 27.

The skinny: After last week’s inexplicable loss to Georgia State (38-30) it is not an exaggeration to say that Tennessee’s entire season is on the line against the Cougars, who lost their opener to Utah.

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