Yes, there are a lot of bad games, but there also are some high-caliber matchups

One good thing about the first weekend of the season in the SEC was that there weren’t a lot of games against FCS opponents. Alas, those were held in reserve for Week 2.

This week sees five SEC teams taking on FCS foes, which means a lot of uninteresting SEC fare (there would’ve been six but Florida’s game with Northern Colorado was canceled by Hurricane Irma). But fear not: There also are some high-level matchups, including what might be the best game nationally. There’s also a rare chance to see an SEC team play at Notre Dame, as well as the first conference game of the year (and it should be a scorefest).

Here are the 12 games involving SEC teams, complete with predicted score. Enjoy Week 2.

BENNY SNELL JR., by Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports

Eastern Kentucky (0-1) at Kentucky (1-0)

Time/TV: Noon, SEC Network regional
The line: None (Eastern Kentucky is FCS program)
The buzz: The campuses are about 30 miles apart, but this is just the fifth meeting. The most recent came in 2015, when UK won in overtime over its FCS neighbor EKU lost to Western Kentucky by 14 last week. UK, which needs to get its running game cranked up after being held to 78 yards by Southern Miss last week, may be looking ahead a bit; the Wildcats’ next two games are South Carolina and Florida. Wildcats RB Benny Snell Jr. was held to 67 yards on 20 carries last week.
The pick: Kentucky 34-13

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