Week 1 of the SEC season is (finally) here. Let’s hope we can get as much of the schedule underway without Covid taking over.
By Steve Wright
(5) Florida @ Ole Miss – Heading into the season the Gators are probably the best team in the East and Ole Miss are the worst in the West. The Florida havoc defense and Kyle Trask throwing the ball will send this one into blowout territory early. Florida 38, Ole Miss 14.
(23) Kentucky @ (8) Auburn – Auburn is on serious upset alert here. Their offensive line features four new starters and they will be playing a Kentucky team more experienced in all the key areas. If the Wildcats get the ground game going early then watch out. Kentucky 24, Auburn 17.
Mississippi State @ (6) LSU – LSU was depleted this year even before Ja’Marr Chase opted out of the season. This will cost them in a big game or two down the line, but they still have way too much talent for Mississippi State here. LSU 38, Mississippi State 20.
(4) Georgia @ Arkansas – Arkansas is going to be better in 2020 – hardly a bold statement – as they have one of the best groups of young WR talent in the league. The problem here is that they are facing a Georgia defense that is both talented and salty. Georgia 31, Arkansas 14.
(2) Alabama @ Missouri – Alabama under Nick Saban is a program that takes zero time bedding into a season. They haven’t lost an opening day contest since 2001 and most of those games haven’t been close. That trend continues here against a Mizzou team shorn of offensive talent from a year ago. Alabama 52, Mizzou 10.
Vanderbilt @ (10) Texas A&M – Vanderbilt needs to prove it can score the ball before being picked in any SEC game here. The ‘Dores have a solid defense – and there are some questions about commitment and focus in College Station – but this one won’t be close. A&M 38, Vandy 10.
(16) Tennessee @ South Carolina – This all depends on which version of Jarrett Guarantano we see playing at QB for Tennessee. The Vols are a program with a high ceiling this season, but only if their QB plays to his potential. He will start the season off on the right foot against a South Carolina team searching for a new identity. Tennessee 28, South Carolina 20.