- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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Not much drama to this point in Week 2 -- though hopefully Texas A&M and Florida can fix that for us. Although the majority of the early SEC action devolved into one-sided beatings, there's still plenty of opportunity for some quality football.
Here's what's on tap as the sun starts to set:
Washington at No. 3 LSU (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): The Pac-12 and SEC just don't play often enough, quite frankly. The two conferences have only combined for 23 meetings since 2000, and the west coasters hold a 12-11 advantage in those games. Having lost their starting running back and right tackle to injury, the Huskies will be hard pressed to improve that record tonight in Death Valley. The LSU pass rush hopes to get after Washington quarterback Keith Price, while the Tigers' offense faces its first game without all-conference left tackle Chris Faulk, who is out for the year with a knee injury suffered Wednesday.
Louisiana-Monroe vs. No. 8 Arkansas (7 p.m. ET, ESPNU): The Razorbacks allowed Jacksonville State to hang around for most of the first half before pulling away in a 49-24 win in the season opener. The Hogs would probably like to have a faster start and eliminate some mistakes -- such as last weekend's three turnovers -- against the Warhawks. After all, when the clock hits triple zeroes tonight in Little Rock, it will officially be Alabama game week for Arkansas.
UTEP at Ole Miss (7 p.m. ET, ESPN3): The Miners probably looked like an easier out for Ole Miss before they spooked No. 5 Oklahoma in a 24-7 loss last week. With that under their belt, the Miners likely won't be intimidated. And with No. 17 Texas -- plus the conference schedule -- looming, Ole Miss probably needs this win for bowl eligibility purposes.
Kent State at Kentucky (7:30 pm. ET, ESPN3): Kentucky didn't even get a full week to recover from Sunday's smacking at the hands of Louisville, but the Wildcats still weren't as embarrassed as Kent State linebacker Andre Parker, who returned a muffed punt 58 yards in the wrong direction in last Thursday's win against Towson. Kentucky can't afford a loss here, as four of their next six opponents are currently ranked.
No. 7 Georgia at Missouri (7:45 p.m. ET, ESPN2): The second of our two welcoming parties for the two SEC newcomers. Missouri brings its wide open, five-wide spread offense into the conference against the Bulldogs' brand of "old man football." If the scene earlier this afternoon at Texas A&M was any indication, the atmosphere in Columbia, Mo., is bound to be electric. Can a hostile atmosphere combined with a hungry underdog provide a classic? Or will the good old boys of the SEC -- or old men, in this case -- prevail?
Vanderbilt at Northwestern (8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network): It would be far too easy to just call this game the Nerd Bowl and move on. The fact of the matter is both the Commodores and Wildcats routinely do more with less than most teams in the country, especially given the loaded conferences they play in. Vanderbilt came up just short against a top 10 team on opening night, while Northwestern nearly let a large lead slip away before fending off Syracuse. A win for the Wildcats could provide the boost needed for a big season; the Commodores could be behind the eight ball this year if they can't get into the win column tonight.
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