SEC Game Predictions- Week 5

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2018

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Hail the bluegrass dominance of #17 Kentucky’s football, yes,
football team.  About a third of the way through the 2018 season,
Kentucky is one of only 21 undefeated FBS teams in the nation.  The
undefeated AP top 10 includes the familiar  likes of Bama, Georgia,
Ohio State, Clemson etc, but Kentucky is enjoying rarified, undefeated
air with the likes of Cincinnati, Syracuse, Duke, Colorado, and
believe it or not, Buffalo!
This week will knock out a few of the undefeateds, but Kentucky
won’t be one of them.
Last week’s results: Straight: 7-1; ATS:4-4
Season results: Straight: 40-5; ATS 24-16

Louisiana La. (1-2) at #1 Alabama (4-0)
Line: Tide -49 / 66.5
TV: Saturday 11:00 AM, SECN
Alabama continues to be Alabama, decimating Texas A&M last week,
45-23.  The Tide’s defense may have let up a little at the end or it
simply might be Kellen Mond and the Aggie offense is for real. The
only real drama is whether Jalen Hurts loses his “redshirt”. Bama gets
the Little Debbie snack cake this week, while donating big cash to the
Ragin Cajuns athletic department.
Pick: Alabama 54  Louisiana-La. 10

Arkansas (1-3) at Texas A&M (2-2)
Line: Aggies -21 / 62
TV: 11:00 a.m, ESPN
Even in the throes of an “off game”, the other Alabama team,
Auburn, destroyed Arkansas last week, 34-3.  The Hogs actually
performed better than in their previous loss to undefeated North
Texas, but still looked pathetic. The Razorbacks have decided on QB,
Ty Storey, as their main man but A&M’s man, Kellen Mond, has thrown
for 1020 yds and 7 TDs, and rushed for 98 yds against #1 Alabama.
Factor in the Aggie’s monster defense and the Hogs will be squealing
come Saturday.
Pick: Texas A&M 37  Arkansas 20

Tennessee (2-2) at #2 Georgia (3-0)
Line: Bulldogs -31.5 / 52
TV: 2:30 PM, CBS
Tennessee had six, yes six, turnovers in the Vols 47 -21 loss to
Florida. Georgia was tested early and late by Mizzou but pulled away
to win in Columbia, 43-29.   The Dawgs defense did not look sharp
but the offense, behind Jake Fromm, gave HC Kirby Smart his second 4-0
start in three years.  Tennessee’s HC, Jeremy Pruitt, will fix the
turnover issues but it won’t be nearly enough between the hedges in
Athens.
Pick: Georgia 39 Tennessee 17

Southern Miss (2-1) at #10 Auburn (3-1)
Line: Tigers -28 / 54
TV: 3:00, SECN
Auburn looked absolutely crappy last week and still beat Arkansas
by 31 points.  Tiger HC Gus Malzahn told the SEC halftime reporter
that Auburn should “have put Arkansas away” in the first two quarters.
How’s that for confidence that your team is going to win regardless.
Southern Miss ain’t no pushover and the Golden Eagles won’t be
scared, but they’ve already been beaten at home by Louisiana Monroe.
Pick: Auburn 38  Southern Miss 10

Tennessee St (2-0) at Vanderbilt (2-2)
Line: NL
TV: 3:00, SECN
Vanderbilt wins the “who-cares” game on the SEC slate to ease
the pain of last week’s loss to the Gamecocks.  This Commodore team
did a complete “Sybil” turnaround after almost upsetting Notre Dame
two weeks ago in South Bend.  Still can’t beat the “Harvard of the
South” nickname.
Pick: Vanderbilt 46  Tennessee Tech 13

Florida (3-1) at #23 Miss State (3-1)
Line: Bulldogs -7.5 / 51
TV: 5:00, ESPN
This game will be the measuring rods for the Gators and the
Bulldog’s respective seasons.  Florida still has to play #2 Georgia,
#5 LSU, South Carolina and arch rival Florida State. Mississippi
State still has #1 Alabama, #9 Auburn, Texas A&M and arch rival Ole
Miss to contend with.  Might be a revenge factor with Gator HC, Dan
Mullen, going to his old Starkville glory land. Looking for State QB,
Nick Fitzgerald, to outplay his counterpart, Gator QB, Felipe Franks.
Pick: Mississippi State 33 Florida 27

S. Carolina (2-1) at #17 Kentucky (4-0)
Line: Wildcats -1 / 50.5
TV: 6:30, SECN
The Kentucky Wildcats are ranked for the first time since 2007 and
for the first time in HC Mark Stoops era. These Cats have beat the
Gators in the swamp and whupped the previously ranked #14 Mississippi
State Bulldogs, 28-7, to sit atop the SEC East.  Kentucky RB Benny
Snell had 4 TD’s against State last week and is averaging over 135
yards per game.  South Carolina’s, 37 -14, victory over Vandy in
Nashville was closer than the final score. And don’t’ forget the
Gamecocks were manhandled at home by Georgia, 41-17.  I’m a
Blue-liever.
Pick: Kentucky 27  South Carolina 24

Ole Miss (3-1) at #5 LSU (4-0)
Line: Tigers -12 / 59.5
TV: 8:00, ESPN
This year’s Magnolia Bowl will be the 107th meeting between these
two venerable SEC institutions.  Ole Miss is trying to motivate its
team for this probation induced, no-bowl season while LSU is vying for
a national championship. The Tigers let their foot off the gas in last
week’s 38-21 win over l’il cousin Louisiana Tech. The Bengals need to
rally that Bayou defense against Ole Miss’s huge, speedy receiving
corp and their proven QB, Jordan Ta’amu. (1360 yds, 10 TD’s).
Pick: LSU 24  Ole Miss 20

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