Last week we went 5-1 on our predictions and were exactly correct on zero games (again). The only miss was when an expected offensive battle between Ole Miss and Auburn turned into a defensive struggle won by the Tigers. The closest game to a correct score prediction was Alabama beating Tennessee which was missed by 17.
By Steve Wright
Last week’s record: 5-1
Overall record: 52-20
Exact score predicted: 0
Here are some score predictions for Week 9 of the SEC season:
Saturday, October 27
Vanderbilt @ Arkansas – Don’t count on any offensive fireworks in this one. The Vandy D almost made the game muddy enough to beat Kentucky last week and the Commodores will look to do the same against the Hogs. Mistakes will matter and the team winning the turnover battle will win. Vanderbilt 27, Arkansas 21. MORE: First Look: Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas, Arkansas 3 Keys, Vandy 3 Keys
(9) Georgia vs. (7) Florida (in Jacksonville) – The Georgia reaction to losing against LSU will be all important here. Kirby Smart needs to get the team back to what it does best, rushing the ball and overwhelming the opposition. The Florida defense will come out on fire, but the Bulldogs will wear them down. Georgia 35, Florida 21. MORE: First Look: Georgia vs. Florida, Florida 3 Keys, Georgia 3 Keys.
(12) Kentucky @ Missouri – This is a very dangerous game for the ranked team. Missouri averages over 46 points per game at home, while Kentucky has struggled to score all season. Benny Snell will be facing a tough rushing defense, while Kentucky QB Terry Wilson hasn’t shown anything to suggest he will be able to take advantage of a poor Missouri secondary. Look for Drew Lock to star here. Missouri 31, Kentucky 24. MORE: First Look: Kentucky vs. Missouri, Kentucky 3 Keys
(16) Texas A&M @ Mississippi State – Whatever happened to Nick Fitzgerald being a dual-threat? The Bulldogs QB hasn’t hit 100 yards passing in the last three games and against LSU last week he threw for 59 yards and four interceptions. The A&M run defense will be more than good enough to stop this one-dimensional Mississippi State attack. Texas A&M 31, Mississippi State 17. MORE: First Look: Texas A&M vs. MSU, MSU 3 Keys,
Tennessee @ South Carolina – The Vols are improving but they aren’t at this level just yet. South Carolina has a habit of keeping the other team in games, but the defense has been very good at finding a key stop of two when it is needed. Tennessee doesn’t have the running game to keep this particularly close. South Carolina 30, Tennessee 14. MORE: First Look: Tennessee vs. South Carolina, Tennessee 3 Keys, USC 3 Keys