Its time for SEC weekly previews. Every week I will predict all the games for that week that feature at least one SEC team.
Last week was much calmer in the SEC after a hectic week 8. In week 9 I went 5-1 on predictions with my lone loss coming from Missouri’s double overtime loss to South Carolina. This brings my record to 24-10 on the season, and five of those losses came in the bizarre week 8.
Georgia @ Florida
Both schools had big expectations for their 2013 seasons, but they caught the injury bug and have struggled to recover. Georgia is coming off a much needed bye week. The Bulldogs have lost their last two games, including a disappointing defeat at the hands of Vanderbilt, in their most recent game. Similarly to Georgia, Florida is coming off a bye week riding a two game losing streak. Todd Gurley will be back for Georgia, after missing three games since his injury in the LSU game. Gurley will be the difference and Georgia will win the game on the road.
Final Score: Georgia 27 Florida 17
Alabama State @ Kentucky
It has been a rough year for the Kentucky Wildcats. Through seven games they have a single win on their record. The Wildcats will look to double their win total as FCS foe Alabama State visits Lexington. Alabama State lost their first two games, but have since excelled rattling off six straight victories. As much as I would love to pick the upset here, it isn’t going to happen. Kentucky is going to unleash their season’s frustrations on Alabama State.
Final Score: Alabama State 3 Kentucky 41
UTEP @ Texas A&M
The Aggies smashed Vanderbilt last week, after losing to Auburn the week prior. The Texas A&M defense has been atrocious this season, failing to stop anyone. They are currently ranked 96 in the country in scoring defense. The defense has been struggling, but Mike Evans, Johnny Manziel and the Aggie offense has been there to pick up the slack. UTEP has been awful, winning only a single game this season. Texas A&M will score at will, but it will interesting to see if their defense can slow down a weak UTEP offense.
Final Score: UTEP 20 Texas A&M 52
Auburn @ Arkansas
Auburn has been surprisingly special this season. They have gone 7-1 and earned their rank of 11th in the BCS standings. Arkansas started the season 3-0, then the wheels came off. The Razorbacks have lost their last five games. Not only have they been losing, the opposition has been humiliating them. In their previous two games, Arkansas has been outscored 104 to 7. Arkansas’ dominant rushing attack matches up well with the Auburn defense, but personally I don’t think the Razorbacks believe they can win anymore.
Final Score: Auburn 45 Arkansas 10
Mississippi State @ South Carolina
South Carolina is coming off an emotional come from behind, overtime victory over previously 5th ranked Missouri. Connor Shaw was incredible passing for over 200 yards and three touchdown, while only playing in the second half. Mississippi State, on the other hand, has looked pathetic in their last two games but won both. They beat Bowling Green and Kentucky by a combined seven points. South Carolina is at a different level than the Bulldogs recent competition.
Final Score: Mississippi State 17 South Carolina 38
Tennessee @ Missouri
Both teams are coming off losses and will try to respond in this SEC matchup. Tennessee was thrashed by Alabama last week, but upset South Carolina prior to the Bama game. Missouri was leading South Carolina by 17 after three quarters, but a ferocious Gamecocks comeback was enough to knock off the Tigers in double overtime. Missouri won’t let their disappointing finish linger into their game with Tennessee.
Final Score: Tennessee 17 Missouri 45