I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of football and fun. Here we are again with another SEC preview/prediction.
By Steve Wright
Week Results: 6-0. Finally! We had to get an LSU game right eventually!
Closest Pick: Georgia 45, South Carolina 17. I went with Georgia 45, South Carolina 16. I missed by two points a week ago, then one point last week. Clearly this week there will be a perfect pick.
Season Results: 41-14
(5) Texas A&M @ Auburn – Bo Nix may have to carry Auburn here as RB Tank Bigsby is a serious doubt with a hip and won’t be 100% even if he is on the field. Kellen Mond went 11-of-34 from 105 yards passing last week and the Aggies still almost blanked LSU. He won’t play as badly this weekend, but if he does the A&M defense will still see the roadside through. Texas A&M 28, Auburn 20.
Arkansas @ Mizzou – Arkansas has been playing shorthanded due to Covid-19, but the Hogs are expected to be back to something close to full strength for this one. Mizzou routed Vandy last weekend 41-0 in a game that saw the end of the Derek Mason tenure in Nashville, so they will be full of confidence. This one could be sneaky fun. Arkansas 35, Mizzou 31.
(6) Florida @ Tennessee – Tennessee has had two weeks to prepare for a Florida offense that has slowed down as of late. The Gators were held in the thirties by both Vandy and Kentucky, but this feels like the Game where Kyle Trask will get rolling again. Tennessee doesn’t have a QB – Harrison Bailey to start? – but it won’t matter all that much who is under center here. Florida 52, Tennessee 21.
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Vandy @ (8) Georgia – Vandy will get a bump from the decision to go in another direction after the firing of Derek Mason. Kicker Sarah Fuller is a great story, but the ‘Dores have n where near enough to compete with one of the top rosters in the league. Expect USC transfer JT Daniels to have a big game and be out of the contest midway through the third quarter. Georgia 52, Vandy 7.
South Carolina @ Kentucky – It could be argued that this is the biggest SEC game of the weekend in its own way. This sees 2-7 travel to 3-6 in the last game of 2020 for each team. Whoever wins can go into the offseason with a little spark in their program, while the loser has months of soul searching ahead in what is essentially a wasted season. Look for Kentucky to break (slightly) out of their season-long offensive malaise to win here. Kentucky 27, South Carolina 17.
(1) Alabama @ LSU – Well. This isn’t the game it was last year now is it? You have to feel a little sorry for the Tigers who picked the worst year in history to lose all their contributing players without a preseason to bed anyone new into the fold. Alabama will do what it wants here. Alabama 55, LSU 17.