Looks like a lighter week with no matchups between ranked teams. This is pretty impressive when you see that six of the seven games this week have a Top 25 team against an unranked opponent. Let’s see how badly we fail in Week 8!
By Steve Wright
Last week’s record: 3-4
Overall record: 46-17
Exact score predicted: 0
Misses: An actual losing week as a couple of big favorites decided not to show up. Arkansas losing to Kentucky and Mississippi State to Tennessee were both just about understandable. Vanderbilt and Georgia both need to apologize to me in person.
Closest Pick: Alabama 42, Texas A&M 24. Actual score was Alabama 47, Texas A&M 28. Nine points isn’t ideal but I will take it during a bad, bad week.
Saturday, October 19
No. 9 Florida @ South Carolina – Kyle Trask was fantastic against LSU as he made the big plays when needed en route to 310 and three scores through the air. The Florida D is still nasty – despite Joe Burrow – and South Carolina spent so much emotion in their upset last week that they just won’t have it here. Florida 31, South Carolina 17.
No. 11 Auburn @ Arkansas – Arkansas are staying in games and they have lost their last three by seven-points or less. Auburn comes into this rested after a bye and with a point to prove. The Tigers aren’t flashy, and they are without the dynamic Boobee Whitlow, but they will do more than enough here. Auburn 38, Arkansas 20.
No. 2 LSU @ Mississippi State – Joe Burrow is one of three quarterbacks (Tua/Jalen Hurts) that are legitimate Heisman Trophy contenders. Tossing for almost 300 yards and three scores against that Gators defense is nothing short of magical. Mississippi State doesn’t have near the offense to keep pace with a LSU team on a CFP mission in 2019. LSU 40, Mississippi State 14.
No. 22 Mizzou @ Vanderbilt – Losing to UNLV is a serious low point for a team that has had bags of them over the years. The offense has nothing when Ke’Shawn Vaughn doesn’t have the ball and the defense can’t stop anyone. Missouri might be the most dangerous team in the back third of the Top 25 and they will rout the Commodores here. Mizzou 38, Vanderbilt 7.
Kentucky @ No, 10 Georgia – Kentucky might have caught Georgia at the worst time as they look to rebound after the South Carolina loss. Lynn Bowden did enough against Arkansas to get the start at QB for the Wildcats here, but this game will be taken over by D’Andre Swift and the Georgia ground game. Georgia 38, Kentucky 17.
Texas A&M @ Ole Miss – The concern for Texas A&M is that they are 12th in the league in turnover margin. They are also facing a ground game that has gone over 200 yards in five of six games so far this season and a QB in John Rhys Plumlee who doesn’t know running the ball in the SEC isn’t this easy. Kellen Mond needs to have another big day, but it is time that the Rebels put everything together against a decent team. Ole Miss 31, Texas A&M 27.
Tennessee @ No. 1 Alabama – This game used to mean something until Alabama decided to be the dominant force in football for a decade and a half. Tua and his WRs are just too talented for a Tennessee side looking for back to back wins after beating Mississippi State last week. The Vols AB situation is a worry with freshman Brian Maurer suffering concussion and junior Jarrett Guarantano being ultra conservative when he plays. Honestly though, they could have Pat Mahomes at QB and it wouldn’t matter here. Alabama 48, Tennessee 14.