Well, one week of picks is in the books and we're all tied up.
Chris and I both were perfect on the weekend, going 12-for-12 in our picks. Not bad, considering Chris was questioning a couple of his picks before the deadline. I'm not saying the veteran took an early peek at my picks, but I wouldn't be surprised if the NCAA was on his doorstep come Friday morning.
I'll be the first to tell you that I was pretty upset about how I let my picks get away from me last year. I had a nice cushion and I blew it. But, as Bruce Wayne's father once said, "Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up again."
That's exactly what I intend to do, and it started with a perfect first weekend. The way Chris privately sweated out his picks last week, I can only say that it will take a lot for him to keep up with the Kid.
We haven't set a wager yet, but I think a victory by me might humble Chris into sitting through an entire soccer match.
If you can't beat me, join me.
On to the picks:
AUBURN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE
Edward Aschoff: This is an important game for both teams, but Mississippi State has far fewer questions than the Tigers and has the offensive weapons to hurt Auburn's defense. ... Mississippi State 24, Auburn 17
Chris Low: Mississippi State came up a foot short last season on the Plains. It’s about time the Bulldogs break their drought of stumbling in the SEC opener. … Mississippi State 24, Auburn 20
EAST CAROLINA AT SOUTH CAROLINA
Edward Aschoff: Connor Shaw is banged up and might not play, but expect Marcus Lattimore to carry the load regardless of who is throwing the ball, which should keep the Gamecocks in control. ... South Carolina 31, East Carolina 14
Chris Low: Whether Shaw can’t play at all or is severely limited, the Gamecocks won’t have much trouble with East Carolina in their home opener. … South Carolina 38, East Carolina 14
WESTERN KENTUCKY AT ALABAMA
Edward Aschoff: Alabama rolled over and through Michigan last week and the Crimson Tide will take this week to clean some things up in the secondary. ... Alabama 48, Western Kentucky 6
Chris Low: Nick Saban doesn’t want to hear about how great his team is based on one game. He might want to get used to it, because the Tide will roll for a second straight week. … Alabama 45, Western Kentucky 7
GEORGIA STATE AT TENNESSEE
Edward Aschoff: The Vols clearly have more depth than they've ever had during Derek Dooley's tenure, and the offense should only continue to impress this weekend. ... Tennessee 51, Georgia State 10
Chris Low: The Vols were impressive in their season-opening win over North Carolina State and won’t slow down this second week as they warm up for Florida’s visit in Week 3. … Tennessee 48, Georgia State 14
UTEP AT OLE MISS
Edward Aschoff: Ole Miss had the top statistical offense in the SEC in Week 1, and while the Rebels have a tougher opponent this weekend, they'll record their first two-game winning streak since October of 2010. ... Ole Miss 31, UTEP 17
Chris Low: The Rebels are believing again after tasting victory in the opener, while UTEP shot all of its bullets last week in the close loss to Oklahoma. … Ole Miss 34, UTEP 24
WASHINGTON AT LSU
Edward Aschoff: The Tigers get more of a test this week, but expect a more efficient game from Zach Mettenberger and more pressure from that vaunted defensive line. ... LSU 31, Washington 10
Chris Low: LSU’s defense is still stewing over some of the big plays it gave up last week, which is bad news for Washington quarterback Keith Price and his young offensive line. … LSU 42, Washington 13
LOUISIANA-MONROE AT ARKANSAS
Edward Aschoff: Expect Arkansas' defense to have a little less bend and be much more aggressive, while the offense continues to be greedy when it comes to getting points and yards. ... Arkansas 50, Louisiana-Monroe 13
Chris Low: After a shaky start on defense, the Hogs will get their act together this week in their final tune-up before Alabama’s much anticipated visit. … Arkansas 41, Louisiana-Monroe 10
KENT STATE AT KENTUCKY
Edward Aschoff: After a tough opening loss, this absolutely is a must-win for Joker Phillips and his Wildcats. Expect a greater sense of urgency from Kentucky this week. ... Kentucky 31, Kent State 17
Chris Low: The defense let Kentucky down in the season-opening loss to Louisville. This week, the Wildcats get a chance to take out their frustration. … Kentucky 31, Kent State 14
VANDERBILT AT NORTHWESTERN
Edward Aschoff: There's no question that the Commodores are steaming over their loss to South Carolina, and I expect Vandy to come out faster on offense against a Northwestern team that lacked defense last week. ... Vanderbilt 31, Northwestern 24
Chris Low: Not being able to close the deal in the fourth quarter is getting old for the Commodores. This time, they get it done on the road in a game they absolutely have to have. … Vanderbilt 27, Northwestern 23
FLORIDA AT TEXAS A&M
Edward Aschoff: This will be a very tough atmosphere for the Gators, but the advantage is that this team -- and its quarterback -- has played a game, while the Aggies will have to wash the rust off this weekend. ... Florida 23, Texas A&M 17
Chris Low: The Gators looked average at best in their opener, but the stakes go up considerably this week. Texas A&M will be pumped, but Florida will make enough plays on defense to survive. … Florida 28, Texas A&M 24
GEORGIA AT MISSOURI
Edward Aschoff: We still don't know if the Bulldogs will have Bacarri Rambo or Alec Ogletree, but, regardless, the defensive play up front will be the difference, and Georgia has the advantage. ... Georgia 24, Missouri 20
Chris Low: It sounds like Georgia could again be shorthanded on defense, and Missouri has explosive playmakers all over the field. But this game will be won up front, and the Bulldogs’ “old man” brand of football will prevail. … Georgia 31, Missouri 23