Last week we went a perfect 11-0 on our predictions and were exactly correct on zero games (again). That sounds better than it was, given that there were just two or three games where the winner was in doubt at kickoff. The closest we got to an exact prediction was Kentucky beating Middle Tennessee which was missed by 10 points.
By Steve Wright
Last week’s record: 11-0
Overall record: 77-25
Exact score predicted: 0
Here are some score predictions for Week 13 of the SEC season:
Thursday, November 22
Mississippi State @ Ole Miss – The Rebels know that this is their bowl game. Sanctions mean that this is their last game in 2018 regardless of the result and their passing attack can move the ball on anyone. That won’t be enough though as Nick Fitzgerald does whatever he wants against a defense that just hemorrhages points. Mississippi State 41, Ole Miss 35.
Friday, November 23
Arkansas @ Missouri – Arkansas was run out of the building last week in a 52-6 loss against Mississippi State. This one won’t be that bad, but the Hogs don’t have the firepower to mount a serious challenge against Drew Lock and the Tigers. Missouri 38, Arkansas 21.
Saturday, November 24
Georgia Tech @ Georgia – It is always hard facing the triple-option attack in a college world where basically no other teams (at this level) run it. This will be close well into the second half before Jake Fromm takes over and Georgia wins. Georgia 28, Georgia Tech 23.
Florida @ Florida State – Florida can put the nail in the Seminoles coffin here with their nation leading 35-year bowl eligibility streak on the line. Florida State can’t run the ball, meaning the battle between Deondre Francois and Feleipe Franks will decide this game. It’ll be close, but Florida will win. Florida 32, Florida State 28.
Auburn @ Alabama – Auburn would love to get one more huge game from Jarrett Stidham (the biggest of his college career) and beat Alabama here. Auburn won’t move the ball on the ground against Alabama and the secondary is going to have huge problems containing Tua Tagovailoa. Alabama wins. Alabama 42, Auburn 17.
Tennessee @ Vanderbilt – This battle for bowl eligibility between 5-6 teams could be an under the radar gem. Whichever rushing attack wins the day will secure the win, with Vanderbilt being 5-1 when rushing for 175 yards or more. The Tennessee defense won’t be good enough to stop that attack from posting over 200 on Saturday. Vanderbilt 31, Tennessee 21.
South Carolina @ Clemson – The Clemson defensive line has been as good as advertised. The Gamecocks have this habit of sticking around and winning ugly, but the Tigers allow less than 16 points a game and it’s hard to see South Carolina doing enough on offense to compete. Clemson 45, South Carolina 10.
Kentucky @ Louisville – If Kentucky is more ruthless than we have seen in 2018 then this could be a blowout. Louisville ranks 127th in the nation in scoring defense and the Cardinals can’t stop the run. Benny Snell is about to go off. Kentucky 45, Louisville 17.
LSU @ Texas A&M – The Aggies control tempo and time of possession like no one else in the SEC, especially at home. They also boast the second-best run D in the entire nation, meaning that LSU will have to throw to win the game. This is a field goal game in either direction. LSU 26, Texas A&M 23.