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3:30 pm Mississippi State at #6 LSU (-16 1/2, 56) - LSU begins defense of its 2019 national championship at home against a familiar rival. Joe Burrow and Clyde Edwards-Helaire have moved onto Sunday games, so the Tiger backfield is going to be a work in progress.

Head coach Mike Leach will cause fits in the SEC with his high-energy offense and he'll get things started against the reigning national champs. The Bulldogs were a lowly 6-7 last season, and their 36-13 loss to LSU was at home. This one figures to be a little closer, as QB Gerrett Schrader and RB Kylin Hill make up a solid backfield.

Coin Flip: LSU

Prediction: Tigers 37 Bulldogs 27

3:30 pm #8 Texas (-18, 70 1/2) at Texas Tech - The Longhorns will be looking for the Big 12 title this season with Sam Ehlinger leading the offense. He threw for 426 yards in Texas' 59-3 pounding of UTEP in week 1, and the extra week of preparation can only aid the cause.

The Red Raiders were fortunate not to open the season with a loss as they barely got past Houston Baptist, 35-33, in their opener. Tech went 4-8 in 2019, losing their final game at Texas, 49-24. A similar score, or worse, is expected.

Coin Flip: Texas

Prediction: Longhorns 51 Red Raiders 24

3:30 pm #22 Army at #14 Cincinnati (-13 1/2, 47) - Strange to see Army ranked, but they have already racked up a pair of wins, 42-0 over Middle Tennessee and 37-7 over Louisiana-Monroe. They're improved after a 5-8 campaign in 2019. As usual, they will be among the top rushing teams in the country with their triple option offense.

The Bearcats opened 2020 with a 55-20 walloping of Austin Peay and are looking for a trip to the conference title game in the American Athletic after a superb 11-3 record last year.

Unless the Bearcats run away early, the Black Knights have the potential to keep this one close.

Coin Flip: Army

Prediction: Bearcats 31 Black Knights 23

3:30 pm West Virginia at #15 Oklahoma State (-8, 52) - The twist here is that Spencer Sanders, OSU's regular starting QB, is questionable heading into this contest after injuring an ankle in the Cowboys' 16-7 win over Tulsa last week. Shane Illingworth rallied the Cowboys for the victory and may be the starter.

West Virginia slammed Eastern Kentucky in their opener, 56-10, and whether or not Sanders plays, they'll be prepared. The Mountaineers lost five straight midseason last year en route to a 5-7 mark. Jarret Doege started the final three games last season and brought home wins in two of them. The one loss was to the Cowboys, 20-13. Looking for a tight one and potential upset.

Coin Flip: Wet Virginia

Prediction: Mountaineers 34 Cowboys 27

7:00 pm #2 Alabama (-27, 56) at Missouri - As usual, the Crimson Tide are ranked near the top before any football is even played. Losses last season to LSU (46-41) and Auburn (48-45) spoiled any chance at a national championship and that's always a disappointment for a Nick Saban team. The Tide rolled past Michigan in the Citrus Bowl and they are once again loaded.

Missouri, which went 6-6 last season and didn't even play Alabama or LSU, has the dubious distinction of opening with the Tide. They are likely to get rolled.

Coin Flip: Missouri

Prediction: Crimson Tide 42 Tigers 10

7:30 pm Vanderbilt at #10 Texas A&M (-30, 46) - The Commodores rarely field a good team in the SEC and after last season's 3-9 mark - with just one conference win (21-14 over Missouri) - they're not likely to get off to a good start visiting the offensive-minded Aggies.

Kellen Mond return for his senior season with A&M, and his experience should fuel a monster win.

Coin Flip: Texas A&M

Prediction: Aggies 45 Commodores 10

7:30 pm Florida State at #12 Miami (-11 1/2, 54) - Shockingly, Florida State lost their opener to Georgia Tech, 16-13, but they've had an extra week to heal up and prepare for the Hurricanes. After going 6-7 last season, Florida State's offensive issues don't seem to have been resolved and that's going to be a big problem against a loaded Miami squad.

Miami won this meeting 27-10 last season. After a 2-0 start with wins over UAB, 31-14, and Louisville, 47-34, this Hurricanes team may be the real deal.

Coin Flip: Florida State

Prediction: Hurricanes 35 Seminoles 17

7:30 pm #16 Tennessee (-3 1/2, 42 1/2) at South Carolina - Last season's meeting at Rocky Top resumed in a 41-21 Vols win. Despite beating Georgia, 20-17 in double OT, South Carolina finished with a 4-8 record and may become this season's SEC punching bag.

Tennessee started out slowly in 2019, losing four of their first five, but went 7-1 the rest of the way including the last six straight, ending with a 23-22 win over Indiana in the Gator Bowl.

The Volunteers have added depth on offense and their defense was exceptional down the stretch last year, a trend that suggests success this year.

Coin Flip: Tennessee

Prediction: Volunteers 27 Gamecocks 17

8:00 pm NC State at #20 Virginia Tech (-7, 57) - The Wolfpack won a shootout with Wake Forest last week, prevailing 45-42, so there's plenty to like on offense, but not much going on defensively.

The Hokies haven't played a game yet, so they should be hungry for action. They went 8-5 last season, registering shutouts against Georgia Tech (45-0) and Pittsburgh (28-0) near the end of the season. If they can must any offense at all, the West Virginia defense will lead them to a win.

Coin Flip: Virginia Tech

Prediction: Hokies 38 Wolfpack 24

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