SEC Game Predictions- Week 3

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

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ROBERT CORTINEZ
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The SEC lost some luster last week with disappointing outings by
its supposedly “elite” teams. Auburn Georgia, and Texas A&M strugged
in their non-conference wins against inferior schools. Alabama had the
only dominant win, 41-23 versus Colorado State. LSU was blown out in
Starkville, MS and Ole Miss endured a second half shutout in its loss
to California. Tennessee and South Carolina lost valuable east
division ground with losses to Florida and Kentucky. Meanwhile
Missouri solidified its position as the the worst team in the SEC
getting pulverized at home by Purdue, 35-3.
Week four sorts out the men from the boys. Ole Miss is off this week.
Season Results: Straight 16-6; ATS 8-6

Texas A&M (2-1) vs Arkansas (1-1)
Line: Aggies -2.5 / 55
TV: 11:00am / ESPN
The Hot Seat bowl in Jerry World leads off with two teams
desperately seeking winning identities. Both Hog HC Brett Bielema and
A&M HC Kevin Sumlin have two bad losses in only week three. The Aggies
have had seven starting quarterbacks since the departure of Johnny
Football in 2013, while the Razorbacks have had the uninspiring, Allen
brothers, Brandon and Austin, for the past six years. The losing coach
can start spending his million dollar plus buy-out on Sunday.
Pick: Texas A&M 20 Arkansas 17

#1 Alabama (3-0) at Vanderbilt (3-0)
Line: Tide -19 / 43
TV: 2:30, CBS
No one predicted that in the week 4, the Alabama vs. Vanderbilt
game would be the SEC game of the week on CBS. Especially when #11
Georgia is facing off against #17 Mississippi St. Not to mention that
SEC nation gameday will be in Nashville for the brawn vs. brains
game. Whoop, there it is. Bama will roll behind a big day from RB Bo
Scarbrough, but Vandy will hang tough for three quarters.
Pick: Alabama 30 Vanderbilt13

#17 Miss. State (3-0) vs #11 Georgia (3-0)
Line: Bulldogs -4.5 / 48.5
TV: 6:00, ESPN
It was mentioned in this column that Dan Mullen is the best
coach in the SEC. After his Bulldogs put a beat down on LSU 37-7 last
week., it ‘s hard to argue otherwise. Georgia HC Kirby Smart isn’t
going to let Mullen’s team sneak up on his Dawgs in Athens. It’ll
come down to Mississippi State’s super-man QB Nick Fitzgerald’s
ability to evade Georgia ‘s relentless pass rush, if he can’t, 4-0
for the Georgia Dawgs.
Pick: Georgia 23 Mississippi State 17
#20 Florida (1-1) at Kentucky (3-0)
Line: Gators -22/44
TV: 6:00, SECN
As unlikely as it seems, Kentucky is undefeated and on the verge
of an AP ranking in week 4 of the 2017 season. The Wildcats and the
Gators will be putting on a show in front of a an appreciative, sold
out stadium in Lexington that’s usually reserved only for Kentucky
hoops. Florida survived at home against Tennessee last week, while
Kentucky put a road whuppin on South Carolina, 23-13. Big Blue sheds
a 30 year losing streak in break-out
fashion.
Pick: Kentucky 31 Florida 20

Tennessee (2-1) at UMass (0-4)
Line: Vols -28 / 57.5
TV: 11:00am, SECN
The Vols lost a tough one to Florida on a 65 yard Hail Mary TD
on the last play of the game. Vols QB Quinten Dormandy needs to
improve his erratic play and the defense can’t suffer lapses like it
did against the Gators and against Georgia Tech. Tennessee won’t need
to do much to get over the hang-over against hapless UMass.
Pick: Tennessee 41 UMass 10

La. Tech (2-1) at South Carolina (2-1)
Line: ‘Cocks -8.5 / 53
TV: 2:30, SECN
South Carolina let a critical home and east division game
wither away last week in its loss to Kentucky. It will interesting to
gauge this week if Kentucky is that good or is South Carolina that
bad. Could have been just overconfidence for Will Muschamp’s
Gamecocks. Better not go there this week or the La-Tech boys will
ambush the Game-cocky team.
Pick: South Carolina 24 La. Tech 17

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