This sort of article only works if there is some sense of accountability. With that said this is how we are doing so far in 2017:
By Steve Wright
Last week: 5-0
Misses: None. It was an easy week with the smallest victory margin being by 16 points (LSU).
Closest prediction: Alabama by 30. They won by 38 (45-7).
Worst prediction: Mississippi State by 7. They won by 38 (45-7).
Season so far: 48-22
It is another light week this Saturday and here are the six SEC games for Week 9 of the season:
Saturday, October 28
Ole Miss vs. Arkansas – What was already a lost season for Mississippi became even bleaker last weekend when up and coming quarterback Shea Patterson was lost for the season. While the Rebels were ineligible for postseason play, the season was at least giving Patterson reps for a big comeback year in 2018. Now Mississippi will have to test the other parts of its team that will return next year. Arkansas has been a disappointment in SEC play (they are 0-4 in conference) and a win here is essentially if the Hogs have any aspirations of a bowl game themselves. Prediction: Arkansas by 7.
Florida vs. (3) Georgia (in Jacksonville) – If Georgia is the team many think they are in 2017 then the Bulldogs need to blowout Florida in this year’s Cocktail Party. Georgia is good enough to roll the rest of its schedule at 12-0 before meeting Alabama in the SEC Title Game with both schools still making the College Football Playoff. To do so though, Kirby Smart’s troops must get by an old enemy that has won three in a row in this series. Florida cannot pass the ball and their defense makes too many mistakes, but they are always up for this contest. Prediction: Georgia by 17/strong>.
South Carolina vs. Vanderbilt – It may surprise a few people out there to note that South Carolina is 5-2 and still very much in the SEC East race. The Gamecocks may not be flashy, but they still have to play Georgia and Florida and they can make things interesting with a win here. Vanderbilt is sliding badly at 3-4 and the team looks miles away from the one that was walking with bravado heading into the Alabama game. The offense just isn’t clicking and they will have to play mistake free to beat a South Carolina team that doesn’t make mistakes. Prediction: South Carolina by 7.
UConn vs. Missouri – Mizzou gets a break from SEC play (for the second straight week) and takes on a UConn squad that is 3-4. UConn has won two straight over Temple and Tulsa, but they also had 70 put on them by Memphis earlier in the season. The Tigers offense got rolling last week and that momentum will continue here. Prediction: Missouri by 30.
Texas A&M vs. Mississippi State – An interesting battle of 5-2 teams here who have the chance to stand up and claim the spot as the third best team in the SEC this year. Mississippi State has come roaring back after losses to Auburn and Georgia, while the Aggies are still the only SEC team to make Alabama even think about sweating this fall. A Mississippi State win here would probably be the most interesting thing in the context of the season at large as they have Alabama coming to Starkville in a couple of weeks. Prediction: Texas A&M by 7.
Kentucky vs. Tennessee – A pair of teams that lost 45-7 last Saturday match up in a crucial game for both school. Tennessee is 0-4 in the SEC and has just been embarrassed by Alabama and Georgia, while Kentucky is 5-2, they just got their clocks cleaned by Mississippi State. It should be an interesting game because a Tennessee loss would surely signal the end for Butch Jones, while Kentucky will watch to get bowl eligible as soon as possible with a couple of brutal tests (Georgia and Louisville) to close out their season. Prediction: Kentucky by 7.