TUCKER’S PICK ‘EM 2015: College football picks and previews for Week 2

  • Record last week: 9-3
  • All times EASTERN
  • All rankings reflect latest AP poll

Jacksonville State (1-0) @ No. 6 Auburn (1-0)
Saturday, September 12 at 12 p.m. SEC NETWORK

Jeremy Johnson didn’t look so great against Louisville.

If he makes the same mistakes this week, the Tigers are in trouble:

Auburn 41, Jacksonville State 13

Actual Score: Auburn 27, Jacksonville State 20 – OT (WIN)

Tulane (0-1) @ No. 15 Georgia Tech (1-0)
Saturday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m. FOX SPORTS SOUTH
Georgia Tech put up 69 points on Alcorn State in its opener last Thursday.

Yes, it was Alcorn State, but the Yellow Jackets rushed for nearly 500 yards with three new starters in the backfield.

That’s promising:

Georgia Tech 49, Tulane 13

Actual Score: Georgia Tech 65, Tulane 10 (WIN)

No. 9 Notre Dame (1-0) @ Virginia (0-1)
Saturday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m. ABC
Either Texas is really bad or Notre Dame is really good.

Maybe it’s a little of both. The Irish beat the Longhorns 38-3 in South Bend, if you didn’t know:

Notre Dame 38, Virginia 20

Actual Score: Notre Dame 34, Virginia 27 (WIN)

No. 10 Georgia (1-0) @ Vanderbilt (0-1)
Saturday, September 12 at 3:30 p.m. CBS
Every SEC team (LSU’s game was canceled) won in Week 1 except Vanderbilt.

The Commodores fell 14-12 to Western Kentucky, despite outgaining the Hilltoppers by more than a hundred yards:

Georgia 42, Vanderbilt 10

Actual Score: Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 14 (WIN)

Middle Tennessee (1-0) @ No. 2 Alabama (1-0)
Saturday, September 12 at 4 p.m. SEC NETWORK
Bama has a passing game after all.

Jake Coker looked the part Saturday against Wisconsin, completing 15 of 21 passes for 203 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions.

The passes were spread around, too. Nine different players had a catch:

Alabama 49, Middle Tennessee 17

Actual Score: Alabama 37, Middle Tennessee 10 (WIN)

No. 19 Oklahoma (1-0) @ No. 23 Tennessee (1-0)
Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m. ESPN

I still think Tennessee is a year away from being a national contender.

It’s going to take a lot more than a 59-30 win over Bowling Green to change my mind:

Oklahoma 38, Tennessee 27

Actual Score: Oklahoma 31, Tennessee 24 – 2OT (WIN)

Stetson (1-0) @ Mercer (1-0)

Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m. ESPN3

Mercer returns to Macon for its first game in the newly-named Five Star Stadium.

The Bears have outscored the Hatters 90-14 the last two seasons:

Mercer 40, Stetson 17

Actual Score: Mercer 57, Stetson 14 (WIN)

Lane (1-0) @ Fort Valley State (0-1)

Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m.

Fort Valley State opened its season with a 46-7 loss at Delta State.

The Wildcats should bounce back with a win over Lane:

Fort Valley State 31, Lane 14

Actual Score: Fort Valley State 50, Lane 38 (WIN)

Western Michigan (0-1) @ Georgia Southern (0-1)

Saturday, September 12 at 6 p.m.

The Eagles were expected to hang with West Virginia but didn’t even come close to an upset win, falling 44-0.

Meanwhile, the Broncos lost by only 13 to Michigan State.

With Kevin Ellison still out, the Eagles will lose again:

Western Michigan 35, Georgia Southern 28

Actual Score: Georgia Southern 43, Western Michigan 17 (LOSS)

Kentucky (1-0) @ South Carolina (1-0)
Saturday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. SEC NETWORK

Kentucky goes for its first win in Columbia since 1999.

The Wildcats did pull off the upset last year in Lexington:

South Carolina 27, Kentucky 17

Actual Score: Kentucky 26, South Carolina 22 (LOSS)

No. 7 Oregon (1-0) @ No. 5 Michigan State (1-0)
Saturday, September 12 at 8 p.m. ABC *College GameDay
Oregon rolled up more than 700 yards of offense in a 61-42 win last week.

The Ducks won this game last year in Eugene, thanks in part to two Michigan State turnovers.

Sparty returns the favor Saturday:

Michigan State 38, Oregon 30

Actual Score: Michigan State 31, Oregon 28 (WIN)

No. 14 LSU (0-0) @ No. 25 Mississippi State (1-0)

Saturday, September 12 at 9:15 p.m. ESPN

LSU didn’t get to play last week because of bad weather.

For that reason, the Tigers will be rusty.

Plus, the cowbells will be loud:

Mississippi State 27, LSU 24

Actual Score: LSU 21, Mississippi State 19 (LOSS)

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