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 not a difficult week for SEC predictions. I correctly picked Georgia to defeat Florida. The rest of the picks were easy as I finished a perfect 6-0 in predictions, improving my record to 30-10.
Vanderbilt @ Florida
This match up could potential be intriguing. Florida has not looked good this year. After jumping out to a 4-1 start, the Gators have suffered from injuries and are on a three game losing skid. Vanderbilt lost their last game to Texas A&M but are currently coming off of a bye week. This game will be a battle, but the Swamp will be the difference.
Final Score: Vanderbilt 21 Florida 24
Appalachian State @ Georgia
Georgia held on for the victory over Florida to keep them above 500 on the year. The Bulldogs had a 20 point advantage half way through the third quarter, but would watch their lead dwindle to just three. Georgia held the Gators scoreless for the final 14:20 of the fourth quarter to come away with the victory. Appalachian State has struggled this year going just 2-7 through nine games. This is not that same Appalachian State that shocked Michigan. There is no upset on the horizon.
Final Score: Appalachian State 10 Georgia 48
Mississippi State @ Texas A&M
Mississippi State has been struggling lately but was managing to pull off victories over weak opposition before facing South Carolina. The Gamecocks won 34 to 16 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score let on. The Aggies struggled in the first quarter against UTEP but throttled the Miners in the second and third quarters. Texas A&M outscored UTEP 48 to 0 in those two frames. The Aggies’ next game is against LSU, but they need to not over look the Bulldogs this Saturday. Even if Texas A&M comes out soft early, they are too good to not pull away eventually.
Final Score: Mississippi State 24 Texas A&M 52
Arkansas @ Ole Miss
I keep expecting Arkansas to play well because of how impressed I am with their rushing attack, but their passing attack has been simply atrocious. Opposing defenses are able to shut down the run because they don’t even have to remotely respect the pass. Ole Miss will be well rested coming off a bye week. The Rebels are riding a two game win streak that includes a last second win over then No. 6 LSU. Ole Miss will easily hand Arkansas their seventh straight loss.
Final Score: Arkansas 17 Ole Miss 42
Missouri @ Kentucky
Kentucky actually won their last game! Okay, yes they were facing an FCS opponent, but they did double their season’s win total. Missouri rebounded strong from their heartbreaking first loss of the season to South Carolina. The Tigers shut down the Tennessee offense, holding them to just three points. I was happy Kentucky didn’t fall to an FCS opponent but they will get slaughtered by Missouri.
Final Score: Missouri 59 Kentucky 13
Auburn @ Tennessee
I am putting this game on upset alert. No, I do not have the courage to actually call the upset, but I think it is very likely. Auburn has been a nice surprise in the SEC this season, but I do not think they are for real. Take away the win against Texas A&M and the Tigers do not have an impressive win on their resumé. Tennessee has been impressive at home this year. In Neyland Stadium the Volunteers knocked off a quality South Carolina squad. Their lone home loss resulted from a fumble that sailed through the end zone in overtime against Georgia. Auburn wins on the road by a mere field goal.
Final Score: Auburn 24 Tennessee 21
LSU @ Alabama
College GameDay will be in attendance for the SEC Game of the Week. For a complete preview click here. Alabama is a huge favorite, but in this rivalry all betting lines can practically be thrown out. In the past three years, there has not been a regular season game in this rivalry decided by more than four points. Both teams are coming off of a bye week. Alabama looks to stay on track for their third consecutive National Championship. LSU will seek revenge from last season’s heart-breaking defeat. If Zach Mettenberger play up to what he is capable of, the Tigers will shock the country in Tuscaloosa.
Final Score: LSU 31 Alabama 27