It is time to head into SEC play as the teams are now supposed to be finely tuned for the season ahead. What that means for the picks – which are too this point doing ok – is anyone’s guess.
By Steve Wright
Last week’s record: 6-3
Overall record: 35-10
Exact score predicted: 0
Misses: Three of them. I had too much faith in Texas A&M for the second time this season as they lost to Auburn, forgot that Kentucky can’t get out of its own way as the Wildcats went down against Mississippi State, and Arkansas are busy being Arkansas (losing to San Jose State is a job killer btw).
Closest Pick: Cal 28, Ole Miss 20. Actual score was Cal 28, Ole Miss 21. To say I’m salty about this score and missing by one point doesn’t do my feelings justice.
Saturday, September 28
No. 23 Texas A&M @ Arkansas – Texas A&M need this win after losses against Auburn and Clemson already this season. The Arkansas offenses can’t seem to get anything going against even a passable defense, turning the ball over way too much and not finishing drives in any sort of effective way. A&M 41, Arkansas 14.
Northern Illinois @ Vanderbilt – Vanderbilt will be looking forward to this game on their own patch after a brutal start to the season including games against Georgia and LSU. The Huskies only convert 21.3% of their third-down attempts and their inability to keep the chains moving will be enough for the Vandy secondary to finally get a break. Vanderbilt 35, Northern Illinois 17.
Ole Miss @ No. 2 Alabama – Alabama has been re-ranked as low as fourth (behind Clemson, Georgia, and LSU) in some quarters because they haven’t beaten anyone yet. After Saturday they still won’t have beaten anyone, but they will still be undefeated. Alabama 52, Ole Miss 10.
Towson @ No. 9 Florida – Towson is led by Joe Flacco’s brother Tom at QB and he spearheads a team averaging 40 ppg on offense. It isn’t a pushover like some FBS schools, but this is a Florida team with a pass rush the likes of which Towson hasn’t seen, and won’t see again all year. Florida 45, Towson 17.
Mississippi State @ No. 7 Auburn – Mississippi State is coming into this off of their best defensive showing of the year when they gave up just 13 to Kentucky. They will look to get Kylin Hill going on the ground against here. Auburn will win this based on their offensive line play, a needed strength on a tram that commits too many penalties and has no passing game. Auburn 27, Mississippi State 20.
Kentucky @ South Carolina – This is a game where the Kentucky passing attack needs to break out. The Gamecocks give up almost 11 yards per completion, so Sawyer Smith needs to have one of his good days at QB for the Wildcats. South Carolina wins this is they are able to get their third-down conversions (34% on the season) right against a team that hasn’t been great at getting off of the field on defense. Kentucky 27, South Carolina 21.