Just four games are on tap this Saturday. This is not something that has led to good outcomes so far this season. Let’s try again.
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 5-1. LSU continue to be my enemy. I am not sure I have picked one of their games right all season.
Closest Pick: Ole Miss 48, Vandy 17. Actual was Ole Miss 54, Vandy 21. I will take a 10 point miss this week in a game where the Rebels’ offense showed exactly how good it can be.
Season Results: 23-13
(8) Florida @ (5) Georgia – Georgia has to dominate the time of possession battle here to keep the electric Kyle Trask led Florida offense off of the field. He is playing like a Joe Burrow-lite, with 18 touchdown passes and two interceptions through four games. The Bulldogs are also battling some big time injury issues – safety Richard LeCounte is the latest miss after his motor vehicle accident – and Stetson Bennett at QB won’t have enough to win this in a shootout. Florida 31, Georgia 21.
Vanderbilt @ Mississippi State – Is it wrong to think that this could be 0-0 into the second or third overtime? Neither of these teams can score. Vandy is last in the league in total offense thanks to a miserable offensive line. They scored 26 points total through three games before playing an Ole Miss team that thinks defense is for other schools to play. Mississippi State went off against LSU, but then has scored 30 points over its next four and failed to score a touchdown in two of its last three. Mississippi State 20, Vandy 14.
(7) Texas A&M @ South Carolina – The Aggies might not be the most inspiring team in the country to watch but they win through leading the league in time of possession and by hitting a nation-leading 59% of third-down chances. They basically do what South Carolina does better than the Gamecocks and if they stay out of penalty trouble – something that has been an issue – then they will run away and hide here. A&M 38, South Carolina 17.
Tennessee @ Arkansas – Tennessee is proving how hard it is to win when converting 26% of third-down chances on the season. Their time off possession is awful – though Arkansas is just about as bad – and the lack of identity at QB is killing the Vols. This isn’t a game that Tennessee would have fretted about before the season, but Arkansas seems to do enough to compete every time out and that will be the case here in a minor upset. Arkansas 31, Tennessee 24.