Our experts pick the winner of every Week 2 SEC football game – Tuscaloosa Magazine

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The SEC football season is under way. The second week of the season brings more out-of-conference matchups but also the first league game of 2021 when Missouri visits Kentucky.

The USA TODAY Network’s SEC coverage team is picking the winner of every game involving league teams. Here are their records after one week of play:

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: 11-3

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: 13-1

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: 11-3

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: 12-2

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: 12-2

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: 12-2

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: 12-2

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: 11-3 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: 12-2

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: 11-3

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: 12-2

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: 11-3

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: 11-3

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: 13-1

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: 11-3

Here are this week’s picks:

Alabama State at Auburn

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Auburn

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Auburn

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Auburn

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Auburn

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Auburn

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Auburn

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Auburn

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Auburn 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Auburn

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Auburn

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Auburn

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Auburn

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Auburn

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Auburn

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Auburn

South Carolina at East Carolina

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: South Carolina

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: South Carolina

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: South Carolina

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: East Carolina

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: South Carolina

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: South Carolina

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: South Carolina

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: South Carolina 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: South Carolina

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: South Carolina

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: South Carolina

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: South Carolina

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: South Carolina

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: South Carolina

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: East Carolina

Pittsburgh at Tennessee

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Pittsburgh

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Pittsburgh

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Pittsburgh

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Tennessee

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Pittsburgh

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Pittsburgh

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Pittsburgh

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Tennessee 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Pittsburgh

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Pittsburgh

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Pittsburgh

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Pittsburgh

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Pittsburgh

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Pittsburgh

Florida at South Florida

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Florida

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Florida

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Florida

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Florida

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Florida

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Florida

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Florida

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Florida 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Florida

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Florida

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Florida

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Florida

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Florida

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Florida

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Florida

UAB at Georgia

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Georgia

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Georgia

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Georgia

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Georgia

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Georgia

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser: Georgia

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Georgia

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Georgia 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Georgia

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Georgia

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Georgia

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Georgia

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Georgia

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Georgia

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Georgia

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Texas A&M vs. Colorado (Denver)

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Texas A&M

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Texas A&M

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Texas A&M

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Texas A&M

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Texas A&M

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser:  Texas A&M

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Texas A&M

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Texas A&M

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Texas A&M

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Texas A&M

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas A&M

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Texas A&M

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Texas A&M

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Texas A&M 

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas A&M

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Mercer at Alabama

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Alabama

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Alabama

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Alabama

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Alabama

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Alabama

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser:  Alabama

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Alabama

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Alabama

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Alabama

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Alabama

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Alabama

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Alabama

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Alabama

Texas at Arkansas

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Texas

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Texas

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Texas

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Texas

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Texas

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser:  Texas

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Texas

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Texas 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Texas

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Texas

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Texas

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Texas

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Texas

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas

MISSISSIPPI STATE FOOTBALL: ‘I can’t stand that’: Why Mike Leach is making has a no-pout zone

NC State at Mississippi State

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: NC State

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: NC State

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: North Carolina State

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Mississippi State

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: NC State

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser:  Mississippi State

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: NC State

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Mississippi State 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: NC State

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: NC State

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: NC State

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: NC State

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Mississippi State

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: NC State

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: NC State

Missouri at Kentucky

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Kentucky

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Kentucky

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Kentucky

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Kentucky

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Missouri

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser:  Missouri

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Missouri 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Missouri

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Kentucky

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Kentucky

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Missouri

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Missouri

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Missouri

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Missouri

OLE MISS FOOTBALL: How Rebels are trying to turn one great defensive half into more consistent play

Austin Peay at Ole Miss

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Ole Miss

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Ole Miss

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Ole Miss

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Ole Miss

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Ole Miss

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser:  Ole Miss

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Ole Miss

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Ole Miss 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Ole Miss

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Ole Miss

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Ole Miss

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Ole Miss

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Ole Miss

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Ole Miss

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Ole Miss

McNeese at LSU

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: LSU

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: LSU

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: LSU

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: LSU

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: LSU

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser:  LSU

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: LSU

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: LSU 

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: LSU

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: LSU

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: LSU

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: LSU

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: LSU

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: LSU

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: LSU

Vanderbilt at Colorado State

Zach Abolverdi, Gainesville Sun: Colorado State

Eric Blum, Columbia Daily Tribune: Colorado State

Cory Diaz, The Greenville News: Colorado State

Bennett Durando, Montgomery Advertiser: Colorado State

Aria Gerson, The Tennessean: Colorado State

Glenn Guilbeau, The Daily Advertiser:  Colorado State

Jon Hale, Louisville Courier Journal: Colorado State

Cecil Hurt, The Tuscaloosa News: Colorado State

Nick Kelly, The Tuscaloosa News: Colorado State

Andy Kostka, The Clarion Ledger: Colorado State

Adam Sparks, Knoxville News Sentinel: Colorado State

Nick Suss, The Clarion Ledger: Colorado State

Blake Toppmeyer, SEC columnist: Vanderbilt

Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner Herald: Colorado State

Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel: Vanderbilt