Can LSU keep their momentum? Can Alabama rebound? Will anyone throw a forward pass in the Vanderbilt/Kentucky game? Just some of the questions for Week 12.
By Steve Wright
Last week’s record: 5-2
Overall record: 66-22
Exact score predicted: 0
Misses: Tennessee over Kentucky and LSU over Bama. I did hit both Western Kentucky and App State winning over SEC teams though…
Closest Pick: It finished App State 2-, South Carolina 15. I went with App State 27, South Carolina 21. In a week of big misses this one was better than most.
Saturday, November 16
No. 5 Alabama @ Miss State – A broken Tua Tagovailoa threw for 418 yards and four touchdowns against the LSU defense last week. Tua is still just as broken, but Mississippi State are in the wrong place at the wrong time here against a wounded Alabama side. Alabama 48, Mississippi State 7.
No. 11 Florida @ Mizzou – Kelly Bryant still doesn’t look right. This is a huge problem for a Mizzou offense that has to run through their QBs individual brilliance at times. The Tigers are at home – their season record is split 5-0 at home and 0-4 on the road – but Florida are rolling into this one after a 56-0 win last weekend. The havoc defense of the Gators will do enough here. Florida 31, Mizzou 20.
No. 4 Georgia @ No. 12 Auburn – Two great defenses play against two one dimensional offenses. Georgia will need to run the ball to break down an excellent Auburn front, but it is hard to see how Bo Nix does enough to win this for the Tigers given his struggles (five TDs and six INTs) against ranked teams this season. Georgia 24, Auburn 13.
Kentucky @ Vanderbilt – Kentucky threw for 25 yards in a loss last week against Tennessee where they scored on their first two drives and then the offense couldn’t find the end zone. Vandy just wants this season to be over after a horrible loss against Florida. Kentucky controls the time of possession to win ugly here. Kentucky 24, Vanderbilt 13.
No. 1 LSU @ Ole Miss – Ole Miss has enough to keep this one close for a while Their running game – led by QB John Rhys Plumlee – has gone for over 200 yards in five of its last six games. LSU are coming off of a huge emotional win over Bama, making them ripe for a slow start. It will be looking great until Joe Burrow gets going in the second quarter and takes over the game. LSU 37, Ole Miss 20.
South Carolina @ Texas A&M – The 6-3 Aggies have flown under the radar but it is worth noting that all three of their losses are to teams ranked in the top 15 in the country. There is no downfield passing game to speak of from Ryan Hilinkski and the Gamecocks, so Texas A&M will be able to load up on the run and control the clock. The Aggies are much better than people know this season. Texas A&M 35, South Carolina 17.