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SEC Week 2 Preview

The Week 2 schedule features big non-conference matchups and the beginning of conference play

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Game of the Week

#13 Auburn at #3 Clemson

Saturday 9/9, 7:00 PM, ESPN

This week’s headliner is another big SEC-ACC matchup, this time a rematch between two teams that met last year as well. In the 2016 game Clemson won 19-13 in Auburn. The Auburn Tigers will try to return the favor in Clemson this season as underdogs. Neither team had any issues against their season-opening opponent last weekend, so this will be the first real test for both teams.

Schedule

Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky

Saturday 9/9, 12:00 PM, SEC Network

Kentucky didn’t blow Southern Mississippi away on Saturday, but the Wildcats got the win. They’ll host an 0-1 Eastern Kentucky team before traveling to South Carolina to open their SEC season.

UT Martin at Ole Miss

Saturday 9/9, 12:00 PM, SEC Network

The Rebels let South Alabama hang around a bit in the opener last week, but pulled away with a nice offensive performance that included a record-setting day for receiver A.J. Brown. New head coach Matt Luke will look to build on that against a UT Martin team that shouldn’t be a problem for the Rebels.

Northern Colorado at #22 Florida

Saturday 9/9, 12:00 PM, SEC Network +

The Gators fell short in their big season-opening matchup with Michigan, failing to score at all in the second half of a 33-17 loss. They should be able to bounce back this week before beginning their SEC schedule in Week 3. UPDATE: Florida’s game has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

Fresno State at #1 Alabama

Saturday 9/9, 3:30 PM, ESPN2

The Tide easily overwhelmed FSU in last week’s big game and they shouldn’t have any trouble with Fresno State.

#23 TCU at Arkansas

Saturday 9/9, 3:30 PM, CBS

Like the Auburn-Clemson game, this is a rematch of a fun non-conference series. In last year’s game in Fort Worth the Hogs won an exciting 41-38 overtime victory. They’ll look for a repeat this year as they host the Horned Frogs as slight underdogs.

Indiana State at #25 Tennessee

Saturday 9/9, 4:00 PM, SEC Network

After winning a thrilling overtime victory in their Monday night matchup with Georgia, the Vols will host an Indiana State team that lost to Eastern Illinois last week.

Alabama A&M at Vanderbilt

Saturday 9/9, 4:00 PM, SEC Network

The Commodores snapped a streak of losing their season-opener and should be able to improve to 2-0 against Alabama A&M.

South Carolina at Missouri

Saturday 9/9, 7:00 PM, ESPN2

The Gamecocks and the Tigers are both 1-0 after winning in Week 1 and are jumping straight into conference play.

Nicholls at Texas A&M

Saturday 9/9, 7:00 PM, ESPNU

The Aggies should be able to handle Nicholls with no problems, but it won’t do much to distract everyone from their Week 1 collapse against UCLA.

Chattanooga at #12 LSU

Saturday 9/9, 7:30 PM, SEC Network

The Tigers smothered BYU in the season opener and have an easy FCS opponent this week as a tune-up before beginning SEC play.

#15 Georgia at #24 Notre Dame

Saturday 9/9, 7:30 PM, NBC

The Bulldogs will rely on freshman Jake Fromm at quarterback in place of the injured Jacob Eason for the matchup with a Notre Dame team that snuck into the rankings after beating Temple in Week 1.

Mississippi State at LA Tech

Saturday 9/9, 7:30 PM, CBS Sports Network

The Mississippi State Bulldogs are favored on the road in Louisiana, but will need to play well to come out with the win against a good opponent.