More games means more chances to win. It also means more chances to lose. Which is likely what will happen here.
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 2-2. I will take a tied week at this point. Kentucky still had no business losing to Mizzou and clearly I have no idea if LSU is good or not.
Closest Pick: Alabama 45. Tennessee 17. Actual was 48-17 ‘Bama. Missing by just one lousy field goal is annoying.
Season Results: 18-12
(5) Georgia @ Kentucky. Joey Gatewood – an Auburn transfer – will make his debut for the Wildcats at quarterback in relief of the ailing Terry Wilson. This could lift the chances of the Kentucky passing game in the long run, but it won’t be enough to force a win here against a Georgia team whose linebackers will eat up the Kentucky rushing attack. Georgia 32, Kentucky 20.
LSU @ Auburn – TJ Finley starting means that we have two games in a row with one of the teams having a relatively untested quarterback. Finley is a huge man and he passed for 265 yards and two touchdowns (with one interception) last week against South Carolina. Bo Nix was great in the clutch again for Auburn, but they did have another officiating blunder to thank in their win over Ole Miss. LSU is all over the place, but they have what it takes to win here. LSU 38, Auburn 27.
Ole Miss @ Vandy – This one seems pretty cut and dry. Ole Miss can wing the ball as well as any team in the SEC, but the Rebels play no defense. Vanderbilt has to control clock and – specifically – not fall behind to the point they have to chase the game. I can’t see that happening as the Commodores don’t have the offensive pieces in place. Ole Miss 48, Vandy 17.
Mississippi State @ (2) Alabama – Two touchdown passes and ten picks in the last three games is a problem. As is a mass exodus of players from the program as Mike Leach gets his systems – and recruits – set. As is facing Alabama with those issues. This won’t be close. Alabama 52, Mississippi State 14.
Arkansas @ (8) Texas A&M – The winner of the battle between the Arkansas defense and the Aggies offense on third down will win this game. Texas A&M is fifth I the country in third down conversions, while Arkansas has stopped anyone converting at over 40% this season. Arkansas will need turnovers – and it has been getting them – but the Aggies will do enough to win here in a game that might not be the prettiest but that will tell us plenty about the two squads moving forwards. Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 24.
Mizzou @ (10) Florida – Kyle Trask is playing lights out at quarterback. He has almost 1,000 yards passing and 14 touchdowns (just one pick) to his name this season. Mizzou is doing a great job of getting the little things right – their win over Kentucky was an example of that as they held the ball for 43 minutes against a ball control offense – but they aren’t good enough to run with a full strength Florida. As long as the COVID problems aren’t in the way then Florida wins here. Florida 35, Mizzou 20.