Wally Hall is the managing sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A graduate of the University of Arkansas-Little Rock after an honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, he is a member and past president of the Football Writers Association of America, member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, past president and current executive committee and board member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, and voter for the Heisman Trophy. He has been awarded Arkansas Sportswriter of the Year 10 times and has been inducted into the Arkansas Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.
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Wally Hall's weekend predictions
This weekend features some decent games including SEC openers for South Carolina at Arkansas and Kentucky at Florida.
Arkansas State will get an experience of a lifetime with a trip to Columbus, Ohio, and Central Arkansas will get to experience Oxford Miss.
Alabama is at Texas. But if this was truly a headline game like it might have been in the past, it wouldn’t have been scheduled for 11 a.m.
The University of Arkansas has ironed out some issues, but fans are still encouraged to download their tickets today and not on campus.
Went 14-1 last week with LSU being the only SEC team to lose its season opener. Doubt 93% can be maintained, but it was still a fun weekend.
Here’s this week’s picks:
South Carolina at Arkansas
Expect the Razorbacks to pound the ground as the Gamecocks gave up 200 rushing yards to Georgia State, and expect South Carolina to test the Razorbacks deep because it appears safety Jalen Catalon and nickel back Myles Slusher are doubtful for this game. Arkansas 24-17
Arkansas State at Ohio State
The Red Wolves will earn every penny they are paid. If given the chance, the Buckeyes will try to get some style points, or another way to look at that is they will run the score up. Ohio State 49-10
Alabama at Texas
The Longhorns are going to return to national prominence but not in this game or this season. Two things are certain: Alabama will win and Nick Saban will not run the score up on his friend and former assistant Steve Sarkisian. Alabama 35-21
San Jose State at Auburn
Spartans had to score with 1:11 to play to beat Portland State. Auburn 49-10
Kentucky at Florida
Gators got a big confidence boost by beating Utah and Wildcats scored 17 points in third quarter — including returning second half opening kick for a touchdown — for a decent win over Miami (Ohio). Florida 28-24
Samford at Georgia
Both are Bulldogs, but this isn’t a showdown. Samford is a very good Baptist school, and Georgia is a very good school and the defending national champion. Georgia 63-7
Southern at LSU
The Tigers had a chance to beat Florida State but went for the tie and the kick was blocked. The Jaguars are not the Seminoles and the good news they have only a 15-minute bus ride and a big pay day. LSU 35-14
Central Arkansas at Ole Miss
The Rebels won’t show up the Bears, who lost their season opener to Missouri State 27-14, but may not get focused until the second half. Ole Miss 49-14
Mississippi State at Arizona
This game kicks off at 8 p.m. Pacific, or 10 p.m. in Starkville, and it might last four hours as both teams are heavy in the passing game. Mississippi State 49-42
Missouri at Kansas State
This is one of four SEC games that kicks off at 11 a.m. The Wildcats will run most of the game and the Tigers will try to be balanced, which helped them gain 558 yards in easy win over Louisiana Tech. Kansas State 24-21
Tennessee at Pittsburgh
The Panthers opened with an impressive win over West Virginia on Sept. 1, giving them two extra days to prepare for the Volunteers, who led Ball State 48-0 before winning 59-10. Tennessee 42-38
Appalachian State at Texas A&M
The Mountaineers coulda shoulda beat North Carolina but fell 63-61 after scoring 40 fourth-quarter points. The Aggies are not the Tar Heels. App State is tough and obviously can score, but the Aggies are fast and talented. Texas A&M 45-24
Wake Forest at Vanderbilt
The Demon Deacons get their quarterback back, and the Commodores get hit with reality after a 2-0 start. Wake Forest 45-17
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