Week 12 feels like the calm before the storm with a whole heap of rivalry games waiting in Week 13. It is just a shame we have to deal with Charleston Southern @ Georgia to get there.
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 5-3. Missed out on ones that felt close leading in like Ole Miss vs. A&M and South Carolina @ Mizzou. Mississippi State @ Auburn felt like a win when I turned it off at the half.
Closest Pick: I was just four points away from the actual score in the Kentucky/Vanderbilt game as I had the ‘Dores hitting an extra field goal and Kentucky with one less point.
Season Results: 73-22 76.8%). Last week was 78.2%.
Charleston Southern @ (1) Georgia – Do the Georgia starters play past the first quarter? Does it even matter if they don’t? Not really. This is the chance for JT Daniels to show he is healthy enough to be THE guy for Georgia down the stretch. Georgia 48, Charleston Southern 3.
Prairie View @ (16) Texas A&M – The worst thing that could have happened for Prairie View A&M was the mess of a game that Texas A&M played in losing to Ole Miss last weekend. The Panthers have a former Louisville quarterback in Jawon Pass who can move the ball, but it won’t matter as the Aggies establish the ground game early and eat them up. Texas A&M 45, Prairie View A&M 13.
Tennessee State @ (25) Mississippi State – Mississippi State has found some explosion of late and the all-timer of a comeback against Auburn last Saturday shows the Bulldogs can fight their way out of a hole. They won’t need to do that here against a Tennessee State squad that doesn’t score enough to be upset-worthy. Mississippi State 52, Tennessee State 10.
New Mexico State @ Kentucky – New Mexico State continues its weird tour of the SEC by facing Kentucky a week after taking a 3-0 lead, then getting pounded 59-3, by Alabama. Kentucky is still fighting for a better bowl – and this is on Senior Day with Louisville up next – so expect the Wildcats to run all day in a comfortable win. Kentucky 41, New Mexico State 10.
(21) Arkansas @ (2) Alabama – This is basically the only interesting game on the slate this weekend and there is a very real feeling that Arkansas can push Alabama here. The Hogs are on a three-game winning streak and they have the offensive balance to cause Alabama issues defensively as they don’t make mistakes. The problem is that Arkansas has to make teams play its style and I just don’t see a Nick Saban team letting that happen. This will be fun until ‘Bama hit a couple of explosive plays – likely to Jameson Williams – to put this away. Alabama 41, Arkansas 28.
Florida @ Missouri – Tyler Badie is going to go off here and rush for 200 yards for the fourth time in six games. The Florida offense was immense last Saturday in scoring 70 points, but the defense seems to have decided to stop playing football. Expect a fun shootout with one or two key third downs being the difference here. Mizzou 45, Florida 41.
Auburn @ South Carolina – No Bo Nix for Auburn is a real issue as former LSU quarterback JT Finley – who beat South Carolina for LSU last season 52-24 – steps in. Auburn needs to not turn the ball over against a defense that can get after it and I like South Carolina to sneak this one in an upset. South Carolina 27, Auburn 21.
Vanderbilt @ (12) Ole Miss – Vanderbilt hasn’t stopped any FBS team from going over 400 yards of total offense and that seems unlikely to change even with Matt Corral and the Ole Miss offense a little dinged up. The Rebels will have to work harder than they want here to avoid the trap with half the team looking forward at the Egg Bowl next week. Ole Miss 38, Vandy 14.
South Alabama @ Tennessee – Tennessee gains bowl eligibility with a win and the speed and tempo of its offense will overwhelm this Jaguars’ team, especially if former South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is unable to go because of his knee injury. Tennessee 48, South Alabama 20.
UL Monroe @ LSU – The Tigers are four-touchdown favorites against the Warhawks in Baton and even with Ed Orgeron still coaching as a lame-duck this one won’t be close. LSU 52, UL Monroe 14.