SEC game predictions- Week 13

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, November 25th, 2017

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ROBERT CORTINEZ
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Florida and Tennessee are coach-less. Arkansas’s Bret Bielema is
one game away from being jobless. Throw in Ole Miss and four of the
fourteen SEC schools will be hiring head coaches for 2018 with the
possibility of A&M’s head job being vacant making it five of
fourteen.The only real drama in this year’s “rivalry” games is the
Iron Bowl which will determine the west champ and an invite to this
year’s CFP, and whether South Carolina can pull a huge upset against
#3 Clemson.
Last week results: Straight 9-0 ; ATS 5-2
Season results: Straight: 74-15; ATS 44-32-3

Ole Miss (5-6) at #14 Mississippi St (8-3)
Line: Bulldogs -15 / 66
TV: Thursday, 6:30 ESPN
The Ole Miss Rebels limp into this year’s Egg Bowl for interim
HC Matt Luke’s final try-out. Ole Miss had an eight win season in the
bag but folded late in winnable games against Cal, Arkansas and A&M.
Mississippi State overcame special team snaufus and three first half
turnovers to overcome Arkansas last week, 28-21. Bulldog HC, Dan
Mullen, gets to add more shine to his resume as a high profile head
coach and ticket out of Starkville.
Pick: Mississippi St. 34 Ole Miss 22

Missouri (4-7) at #2 Arkansas (6-5)
Line: Tigers -10 / 70
TV: Friday, 1:30 CBS
Woe to the Hogs. The Arkansas coaching dynamic was hapless last
week. The Razorback coaches deprived their team of a potential
victory or at least certain overtime opportunity with a last minute,
failed fourth and two from their own 40 yd. Line, On the flip side,
Missouri’s QB , Drew Lock, leads the nation with 38 TD’s and has his
Tigers on a five game winning streak. During the Tigers winning
streak, they have outscored their opponents by almost 30 points Mizzou
destroyed Vanderbilt in Nashville last week, 45 -17. But these Hog
players love their coach and an upset in the Boston Mountains of
Fayetteville is on the horizon.
Pick: Arkansas 37 Missouri 35
#7 Georgia (10-1) at Georgia Tech (5-5)
Line: Bulldogs -11 / 51.5
TV: Saturday, 11:00 ABC
The Georgia Bulldogs bounced back from the Auburn beating and
thrashed Kentucky 42-13. Second year Dawg HC, Kirby Smart, knows
he’s got to go full throttle through the SEC championship game to be
in the CFP. Georgia Tech lost by only a point to Tennessee and Miami
in the first half of the season and were at 3-2, but have gone 2-3
since with double digit losses to Duke and Virginia. The Yellow
Jackets will buzz the Dawgs for a bit but will go down in the end.
Pick: Georgia 41 Georgia Tech 23

Florida State (4-6) at Florida (9-1)
Line: Seminoles -5 / 44
TV: 11:00, ESPN
Both these schools had games cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey
but only Florida State re-scheduled a make-up for next week with
Louisiana Lafayette. So the Seminoles can actually remain bowl
eligible win a win over the Gators. Florida interim HC, Randy
Shannon, is not on the Gator hire short list, and his team is playing
for nothing.
Pick: Florida State 27 Florida 25

Louisville (7-4) at Kentucky (7-4)
Line: Cardinals -10/ 68
TV: 11:00, SECN
The sham 2016 Heisman winner, Cardinal QB, Lamar Jackson, tries
to avenge last year’s home loss to the Wildcats. For the record,
Clemson’s DeSean Watson (honor roll, community leader, national champ)
deserved the hardware. Kentucky is looking for its first eight win
regular season record in over 30 years. Home team puts on the ritz
for this intrastate matchup.
Pick: Kentucky 31 Louisville 28

#1 Alabama (11-0) at #6 Auburn (9-2)
Line: Tide -4.5 / 47.5
TV: 2:30, CBS
The Iron Bowl winner captures the Iron Throne for a chance at
college football’s national championship. Auburn HC Gus Malzahn, a
native Arkansan, is dealing with Razorback coaching rumors and has to
focus his talented team on the task at hand. The Tigers lost a close
road game to #3 Clemson in the first game of the year and then lost in
Baton Rouge to LSU causing some boosters to voice “fire Gus” posts.
Alabama has been dominant in every game except for Mississippi State
but has played a weaker schedule. Gus likes to be in charge and gets
all he can from this home field advantage.
Pick: Auburn 20 Alabama 17

Vanderbilt (4-7) at Tennessee (4-7)
Line: Vols -1 / 45.5
TV: 3:00, SECN
This week’s “no one gives a crap” game will be painful for both
diehard Volunteer and Commodore fans. More so for Tennessee fans, who
expect more from their football program.
The Vols are imploding and exploding with player mutinies and
coaching failures. The Vanderbilt faithful at least can salvage a
bad year by beating in-state “power-house” Big Orange,
Pick: Vanderbilt 26 Tennessee 20

#3 Clemson (10-1) at #24 S.Carolina (8-3)
Line: Tigers -14 / 46.5
TV: 6:30, ESPN
The bragging rights for the state of South Carolina will decided
in Columbia and will have a national following by fans of every team
in the top CFP top10. The Gamecocks have been the surprise team of
the SEC, starting with a season opening win at neighboring NC State
but outside of Georgia, the SEC east is dismal. Clemson’s only
blemish was when the Tigers overlooked Syracuse during an injury and
mistake plagued game in New York. Clemson HC, Dabo Swinney, will have
his team ready for this Palmetto tilt.
Pick: Clemson 37 South Carolina 18

Texas A&M (7-3) at #18 LSU (3-6)
Line: Tigers -10.5 / 50
TV: 6:30, SECN
The Aggie faithful still haven’t gotten over the season opening
vanishing 30 pt. halftime lead at UCLA . Aggie HC, Kevin Sumlin
won’t get over the threats to his family in the aftermath. Even if
A&M wins out, Sumlin leaves on his own by a mutual “buy-out”
agreement. LSU embarrassed Tennessee last week in Knoxville, 30-10.
LSU HC, Ed Orgeron is still making up for the Troy loss but the Tiger
faithful bring it for this season ending battle royale in Death
Valley, Baton Rouge-style.
Pick: LSU 29 Texas A&M 17

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