I said in the preview that the Aggies traveling to Colorado was just a bad move. They squeaked it out but will have to improve. Florida at Alabama should be an absolute blast or a ho-hum Alabama win).
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 10-3. Not nearly enough faith in the league with Vandy, Mississippi State, and Arkansas – with a huge win over Texas – grabbing big non-con wins.
Closest Pick: ONE SINGLE POINT. I went with Ole Miss to beat Austin Peay 55-17 and the final was 54-17…annoying.
Season Results: 22-5 (81.5%). Last week was (85.7%).
(7) Texas A&M vs. New Mexico – This is where the Aggies need to get it right. Five turnovers in two games is too many and they will have to face a team on its best win streak since 2004 without starting quarterback Haynes King. Former Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson has been doing bits in New Mexico, but he is about to run into an angry Aggies’ shaped wall. Texas A&M 45, New Mexico 7.
Kentucky vs. Chattanooga – Kentucky is at the stage as a program where wins like this should be routine. This one will be as Christ Rodriguez and Will Levis tear up the Mocs for as long as they are in the game before the backups arrive. Kentucky 48, Chattanooga 7.
Mizzou vs. SE Missouri State – Mizzou gets their palate cleanser after the Kentucky loss as they beat up on a bad in-state competitor from the FCS. Mizzou 51, SEMO 14.
Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech – A game for the Vols to figure out their quarterback situation before the grind of SEC play begins. Tennessee Tech couldn’t move the ball on Furman and they won’t here either. Tennessee 48, Tennessee Tech 7.
(11) Florida vs. (1) Alabama – Alabama is a little banged up on defense and the running game isn’t going anywhere. This, though, is still Alabama and this is the game that Bryce Young will put the team on his Young shoulders and pull them through against a Florida team that isn’t quite good enough offensively to keep up. Alabama 41, Florida 31.
(20) Arkansas vs. Georgia Southern – TRAP ALERT. Arkansas was outstanding against Texas and there is a massive game against the Aggies next weekend. Georgia Southern is a weird option team, but Arkansas has the linebackers to stone them cold. Arkansas – 333 on the ground against Texas – will go over 25- again. Arkansas 32, Georgia Southern 17.
Mississippi State @ Memphis – Memphis gave up almost 600 yards through the air last week against Arkansas State and Will Rogers is becoming the quarterback Mike Leach needs to take advantage of that. Memphis will keep up – and Mississippi has looked like two different teams in an escape over Louisiana Tech and then a defensive gem against NC State – but the Bulldogs will do enough. Mississippi State 41, Memphis 28.
(2) Georgia vs. South Carolina – I don’t see how South Carolina moves the ball on Georgia at all. The ‘Dogs have some quarterback issues – JT Daniels and Stetson Bennett may both be out – but their defense is absolutely legit. Georgia 41, South Carolina 7.
(22) Auburn @ (10) Penn State – I have no idea how good Auburn is as they haven’t played anyone with a pulse but winning two games a combined 122-10 is damn impressive. Penn State at Beaver Stadium – at night no less – is going to be very different for Bo Nix and his 75% completion rate this season so far. I like Auburn in an upset here. Auburn 31, Penn State 28.
LSU vs. Central Michigan – Central Michigan gets its second shot at an SEC scalp this season against LSU. The Chippewas are experienced and well coached team, a problem for an LSU squad working out the kinks. The LSU running game is an issue with just 3.4 yards per carry against McNeese and the pass rush is going to have to carry them here. Big upset incoming. Central Michigan 28, LSU 24.
(17) Ole Miss vs. Tulane – Matt Corral is playing at an elite level. Tulane is better than you think – they almost ran down Oklahoma and just hung 29 points on Morgan State – but the Ole Miss offense can run away or run you down. This one could be a lot of fun. Ole Miss 51, Tulane 35.
Vandy vs. Stanford – Vandy needs to play smart and control tempo here to have a shot. The ‘Dores can’t play from behind and must keep it close into the fourth quarter. I worry the Stanford offense will be too explosive down the stretch. Stanford 35, Vandy 17.