Just the five games on tap this week as the byes are in full force. At least there is one game on the slate that should be a banger.
By Steve Wright
Last week’s record: 5-1
Overall record: 40-11
Exact score predicted: 0
Misses: Just the one miss this week as I basically need to stop thinking Kentucky will right the ship.
Closest Pick: Vandy 35, Northern Illinois 17. The actual score was Vandy 24, NIU 18. Not particularly close in a week I got most right, but not close with the scores.
Saturday, October 5
Utah State @ No. 5 LSU – Joe Burrow is having himself a season. He has passed for 17 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards in four games while completing almost 80% of his passes. The Utah State defense won’t be able to cope with the LSU attack, but QB Jordan Love is the real deal and he will keep the Aggies hanging around in this one until the third quarter. LSU 52, Utah State 28.
No. 7 Auburn @ No. 10 Florida – The Auburn offense clicked in every way against Mississippi State. JaTarvious Whitlow is a monster of a back and QB Bo Nix is improving all the time. Florida doesn’t have the offense to run with Auburn, but the defense is one of the best in the country at creating havoc plays thanks to the speed on the defensive line. Auburn just about survives here. Auburn 28, Florida 24.
Troy @ Mizzou – The Troy passing attack has enough about it to cause Missouri some problems in this one. The problem is that the Trojans have no passing defense, having given up over 500 yards passing to Southern Miss and 455 to Arkansas State. As soon as the Mizzou offense gets rolling, which shouldn’t take long, this one will be over. Mizzou 48, Troy 24.
No. 3 Georgia @ Tennessee – Tennessee doesn’t have the offense to cause the Bulldogs and issues here. Expect Jarrett Guarantano to start at quarterback, but without a running game or offensive line Georgia will be able to grind Tennessee into the dirt. Georgia 41, Tennessee 17.
Vanderbilt @ Ole Miss – The Vanderbilt secondary has been bad so far this season. Purdue and LSU bombed away on the Commodores and even Northern Illinois went for 280 through the air last week. The flip side is that we have no idea who will be starting at QB for the Rebels, while Vandy QB Riley Neal looks primed for a big game against an Ole Miss secondary that is as bad as the one in Nashville. Should be a shootout. Vanderbilt 35, Ole Miss 31.