What will happen this week in the SEC? Look inside for Steve Wright’s renegade SEC Football picks for this week.
LSU @ Bama. Not really sure I need to say any more than that here.
Last week’s record: 6-0
Overall record: 61-20
Exact score predicted: 0
Misses: None. Nada. Zlch. Zip. Feels great.
Closest Pick: It finished Texas A&M 45, UTSA 14. I went with Texas A&M 45, UTSA 10. Not bad.
Saturday, November 9
Vanderbilt @ No. 10 Florida – Vandy will be down to their third quarterback here in a game where they will need to be able to throw the ball to stay in the game. The Florida defense loves havoc and their ability to take the ball away with a killer pass rush means that the Gators on offense will only have to be efficient as the defense does the bulk of the work. Florida 31, Vanderbilt 10.
W Kentucky @ Arkansas – Arkansas has to get a handle on its turnover issue. Giving the ball up 10 times over the last three games simply isn’t good enough at this level of college football. That – combined with the Hogs complete inability to score – will make this a long day for the hosts in Fayetteville. WKU 27, Arkansas 17.
No. 2 LSU @ No. 3 Alabama – The newest game of the century will depend an awful lot on the health of Tua Tagovailoa’s ankle. If he is full go then Alabama wins, but if he is hobbled then LSU will be able to control the game a little more on defense. It has all the ingredients to be a classic, with Joe Burrow lighting up the sky for LSU and a couple of defense just rammed full of future NFL players. The difference here will be turnovers and the Crimson Tide defense has been just a touch better than LSU at creating those in 2019. Alabama 27, LSU 24.
New Mexico St. @ Ole Miss – Ole Miss isn’t very good, but New Mexico State is 0-8 for a reason. The Aggies are last in the nation in turnover margin and the Rebel running game should be able to control the clock and make yardage at will. Ole Miss 48, New Mexico State 20.
Mizzou @ No. 6 Georgia – Mizzou can’t win on the road. This game is in Athens and not Columbia. That is about all that is required here unless Georgia gets as sloppy as they did against South Carolina. They won’t. Georgia 31, Mizzou 14.
Appalachian State @ South Carolina – App State has been a best on third downs all season, converting at almost 50% (South Carolina is at just 35%). With no downfield passing game, the Gamecocks have to lift that number to get by a team that was ranked before losing last weekend. Takeaways will be key here as neither team will dominate on offense with chunk plays. App State 27, South Carolina 21.
Tennessee @ Kentucky – Kentucky WR-cum-QB Lynn Bowden was slowed down by Georgia but has had his way win everyone else. Look for him to get close to 200 yards on the ground once again as the Kentucky front seven does enough to stop the Tennessee three headed QB mess . Tennessee has been solid at stopping the run, but Bowden is a special athlete. Kentucky 24, Tennessee 17.