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 I finished the week with a 5-2 record. I incorrectly picked LSU to beat Alabama. I predicted that Vanderbilt would be a challenge for Florida but I said that the Gators would eventually prevail, which proved to be wrong. This puts me at 35-12 for the season entering week 12.
Florida @ South Carolina
At the beginning of the season this appeared to be a marquee matchup, but while South Carolina has lived up to their hype, Florida has not. The Gamecocks climbed back into the top 10 despite being off last week. South Carolina has looked stellar since their road loss to Tennessee, knocking off previously fifth ranked Missouri on the road then thrashing Mississippi State in Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gators started the season 4-1 but have struggled due to injuries and have lost their last four. Last week, Florida was absolutely embarrassed at home by Vanderbilt. South Carolina will smash an already broken Gator squad.
Final Score: Florida 10 South Carolina 34
Troy @ Ole Miss
Troy has had an up and down season against sub-par competition. When the Trojans played Mississippi State they were humiliated 62-7. Ole Miss has rattled off three straight victories, two against SEC opponents. The Rebels even upset LSU in that time frame. Bo Wallace dominated against Arkansas, throwing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. Troy is 107th in scoring defense. Expect Wallace and the Rebels to light up the scoreboard in Oxford.
Final Score: Troy 17 Ole Miss 59
Alabama @ Mississippi State
The Crimson Tide overcame LSU, now they can cruise into the Iron Bowl. A.J. McCarron managed the game beautifully. He only threw for 179 yards, but he had three touchdown passes and Alabama won the game. Last week, Mississippi State fought with heart but were eventually overcome by the prolific Texas A&M offense, losing 51 to 41 in College Station. I don’t think heart will be enough to keep the Bulldogs close against the powerful Crimson Tide.
Final Score: Alabama 38 Mississippi State 10
Kentucky @ Vanderbilt
Kentucky spent their last Saturday getting beaten down by Missouri. The Wildcats allowed five passing touchdown as they fell to the Tigers by 31. Kentucky has failed to pick up an SEC win in five attempts this season. On the other hand, Vanderbilt has upset two of their last three SEC foes. Last week, the Commodores traveled to the swamp and pounded the heavily Florida Gators. Vanderbilt should be able to use their momentum from their Florida victory to become bowl eligible.
Final Score: Kentucky 10 Vanderbilt 31
Georgia @ Auburn
Georgia spent last weekend bullying a far inferior FCS Appalachian State team. The Bulldogs used two different quarterbacks to pile on 441 passing yards as they won handily, 45-6. Auburn used a truly sensational special teams performance to pull away from Tennessee in Oxford. The Tigers only threw for 35 yards the entire game but rushed for 441 yards to make up for it. Auburn has been having a great season and are currently ranked seventh, but the Bulldogs are going to spoil the Iron Bowl.
Final Score: Georgia 42 Auburn 31