Kentucky and Florida and interesting – the result at least – while ‘Bama and Georgia proved they are a cut above. Roll on Week 6.
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 5-3 Bad week. Tennessee was stunning in its destruction of Mizzou and I already know LSU will kill me this season.
Closest Pick: Just six points total out on the South Carolina grind over Troy. Missed each team by three points.
Season Results: 45-12 (79.0%). Last week was 81.6%).
(13) Arkansas @ (17) Ole Miss – A couple of teams here that were thinking upset but each got put back in its place (for now). The winner of this has a legit claim to be the second-best team in the SEC West and I like Ole Miss and Matt Corrall to bounce back a touch faster. Ole Miss 38, Arkansas 31.
Vandy @ (20) Florida – If Florida rushes for more than 245 it is 3-0. If Florida rushes for under 245 yards it is 0-2. Florida rushes for more than 245 yards here. Florida 38, Vandy 17.
South Carolina @ Tennessee – South Carolina will try to slow down an offense that rushed for over 450 yards and had over 650 yards of total offense last week. The Gamecocks are excellent at turning the ball over from the opposition and they will need to be at their sneaky best in this regard on Saturday. It won’t be enough against a Tennessee offense that is starting to hum nicely. Tennessee 35, South Carolina 17.
(2) Georgia @ (18) Auburn – IF JT Daniels is good to go then Georgia will run away in this one. If he is not then it will be up to Stetson Bennett and Bo Nix as the quarterbacks to pilot their teams to a win through running games, defense, and field position. I’ll take the Bulldogs’ defense over anyone in the country right now, even in a venue as intimidating as Jordan-Hare Stadium. Georgia 27, Auburn 17.
North Texas @ Mizzou – The Mizzou run defense – such as it is – has given up almost 350 yards rushing on average over its last four. North Texas can run the ball a bit, but the Mean Green just isn’t good enough to exploit an SEC squad that is a little bit there for the taking defensively. Mizzou gets better for a week at least. Mizzou 42, North Texas 21.
LSU @ (18) Kentucky – The LSU talent is beginning to bubble but this feels like a game where the toughness of Kentucky will do enough to hold that talent down. The Wildcats are gritty and determined and – as long as they don’t turn it over – they will ride running back Chris Rodriguez to their first 6-0 start since 1950. Kentucky 27, LSU 17.
(1) Alabama @ Texas A&M – There is no reason why the Aggies have fallen to 3-2 the way they have. The defense isn’t turning the ball over and the offense isn’t getting anything out of the quarterback. There are also not enough explosive plays. Alabama has issues of its own – the depth at running back is being seriously tested – but the Crimson Tide is not the team you want to see when having issues of your own. Alabama 38, A&M 21.