Its time for SEC weekly previews. Every week I will predict all the games for that week that feature at least one SEC team.
Week 13 was a quality week for SEC predictions. I went 7-1, with my lone loss coming on Georgia Southern’s wild upset of Florida. Heading into Rivalry Week my record stands at 46-14.
Clemson @ South Carolina
This rivalry game features two top ten teams with BCS Bowl Game hopes on the line. South Carolina holds a four-game win streak in the rivalry, and will try to make in five straight, Saturday night in Columbia. Both schools started the season ranked in the top ten, and have remained so to make it the first top ten meeting in the rivalry’s history.
Final Score: Clemson 24 South Carolina 27
Tennessee @ Kentucky
This is a low profile game between two teams that have had disappointing seasons. Tennessee is 4-7 with just a single quality win. Kentucky is a dismal 2-9 and have yet to win a noteworthy game all year. Tennessee is the better of the two struggling squads, and it will be reflected in the scoreboard.
Final Score: Tennessee 38 Kentucky 17
Georgia @ Georgia Tech
Georgia travels to Atlanta for their yearly rivalry game against Georgia Tech. Both teams carry identical conference and overall records into the game. Georgia will be without their star quarterback, Aaron Murray, due to a season ending ACL injury. Being without Murray will keep the game close, but the Bulldogs should prevail.
Final Score: Georgia 31 Georgia Tech 24
Wake Forest @ Vanderbilt
This game features two elite schools in terms of academics. Wake Forest has struggled mightily this season, winning only four games against weak competition. On the other hand, Vanderbilt has been surprisingly good. They are 7-4 on the year, with a 4-4 record in the grueling SEC.
Final Score: Wake Forest 6 Vanderbilt 31
Florida State @ Florida
This game may get ugly. Florida State has been incredible all year, while Florida has been a colossal disappointment. The Gators are currently on a six game losing streak despite playing a FCS opponent last week. This game will be over early.
Final Score: Florida State 56 Florida 10
Ole Miss @ Mississippi State
The Egg Bowl is one of the most underrated rivalries in college football. Regardless of the teams’ records the fans never fail at hyping the game like it is the Super Bowl. Mississippi State needs a win to become bowl eligible, but with how they played against Arkansas, it isn’t going to happen.
Final Score: Ole Miss 41 Mississippi State 21
Arkansas @ LSU
Arkansas travels to Death Valley for the Battle for the Golden Boot. For a complete preview click here. This game has been close in recent years, regardless of how the two teams had performed all year. In fact, there has been only one game since 2005 where the winner won by more than a single possession. You can throw history out the window, this game will not be close.
Final Score: Arkansas 10 LSU 45
Texas A&M @ Missouri
The Aggies will attempt to bounce back after losing their first road game in two years, last week to LSU. Missouri moved up to fifth in the BCS standings after knocking off Ole Miss. The Tigers still have an outside chance of getting to the National Championship Game, but the Aggies will end that hope on Saturday.
Final Score: Texas A&M 49 Missouri 31
Alabama @ Auburn
This is one of the most highly anticipated Iron Bowls ever. Thanks to Marshall’s miracle pass against Georgia, both teams find themselves in the top five for only the second time in the rivalry’s history. Auburn has been a fun surprise team this year, but Alabama is going to demolish them.
Final Score: Alabama 45 Auburn 24