A few more games this week with the highlight looking like the clash between Florida and LSU in a battle between top 10 sides.
By Steve Wright
Last week’s record: 3-2
Overall record: 43-13
Exact score predicted: 0
Misses: Pretty awful really as I was just 60% on the week. Florida was too good defensively for Auburn while Vanderbilt couldn’t get anything going at all against Ole Miss.
Closest Pick: Georgia 41, Tennessee 17. The actual score was Georgia 43, Tennessee 14. The rest of my predictions were the dirt worst.
Saturday, October 12
South Carolina @ No. 3 Georgia – Georgia will have to start faster than it has been doing at some point this season. The Bulldogs let teams stay in games for too long before grinding them apart in the second half. South Carolina has enough about it to hang for a while, but the ground game and line strength of the Bulldogs will make this no contest in the second half. Georgia 35, South Carolina 14.
Mississippi State @ Tennessee – Tennessee still only has a small margin for error given its lack of talent. Freshman Brian Maurer is the future of the program at quarterback and he will look to back up his solid first start here. Mississippi State are fresh and hungry to a road win and the defense will look better here than it has this season to date. Mississippi State 28, Tennessee 13.
No. 1 Alabama @ No. 24 Texas A&M – Kellen Mond gave Alabama fits last year with his ability to pass on the run and break contain. The ‘Bama offense is rolling but the defense has not looked like a Nick Saban defense this year. We might get a full game from the Crimson Tide starters here which will be enough to win even at a place like Kyle Field. Alabama 42, Texas A&M 24.
UNLV @ Vanderbilt – UNLV doesn’t score the ball. They haven’t got past 17 points in a month and Ke’Shawn Vaughn should be able to run wild against a run D that is more rumor than fact. This is a must-win game for a Vanderbilt team that has been a mess so far this season. This needs to be comfortable. Vanderbilt 38, UNLV 14.
Ole Miss @ Mizzou – Much of this game rests on the health of Kelly Bryants’ knee. The Mizzou QB has been tearing it up, but if he can’t get outside the pocket where he is at his most dangerous then the Tigers offense will slow down. John Rhys Plumlee has been a nice surprise running the ball for quarterback for an Ole Miss team that rumbled for over 400 yards on the ground last weekend. Mizzou 35, Ole Miss 21.
Arkansas @ Kentucky – It is time to see how healthy Sawyer Smith got during the bye week. Expect to see some Wildcat from the Wildcats in the form of Lynn Bowden as Mark Stoops goes deep into the well to get his offense going. Arkansas has not been good, but they are also getting no luck. That changes here. Arkansas 31, Kentucky 27.
No. 7 Florida @ No. 5 LSU – The Florida defense is playing lights out and they have created at least three turnovers in each of their last four games. LSU hasn’t seen a defense like this yet in 2019 and it will be interesting to see how Joe Burrow reacts to being hit and pressured. Florida will do enough to keep this close, but LSU will escape with the win. LSU 27, Florida 21.