SEC Game Predictions- Week 10

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

Nov 5, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA;  Alabama Crimson Tide running back Damien Harris (34) leaps through the line against the LSU Tigers during the first quarter at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

ROBERT CORTINEZ
RCORTINEZ2@HOTMAIL.COM

The battle of the behemoths is here. The 2018 CFP rankings
showcase #1 Alabama vs. #3 LSU in a CFP playoff elimination game.
Cajun Ed’s second full year at the Bayou Bengal’s helm has put LSU on
the cusp of super-stardom behind a ferocious defense and the steady
play of QB Joe Burrows.  Alabama is Alabama and this elite game may
well determine this year’s collegiate champion.
Last week went 5-0  against the line..so venturing out with a
couple of upsets in SEC country. The SEC cellar-dwellers, Arkansas
and Vanderbilt are off this week.
Last week: Straight 4-1; ATS: 5-0
Season results: Straight 55-17; ATS  40-25
#1 Alabama (8-0) at #4 LSU (7-1)
Line: Tide -14 / 53.5
Time/TV: 7:00 PM, CBS
If the Tide’s offense were all draft eligible, the entire offense
would be playing in the NFL next year. They are simply that good. As
noted by others, this game is the first time ever that the # 3 ranked
team in the nation is a 14 point underdog playing at home.. LSU has
always prided itself on defensive prowess and this game will be a
clash of titans. A night game in Death Valley in Baton Rouge makes
legends out of mere mortals. If LSU QB, Joe Burrows, can manage his
offense, look out for a Tiger ambush.
Pick: LSU 31  Alabama 30

#25 Texas A&M (5-3) at Auburn (5-3)
Line: Tigers -4 / 49
Time/TV: 11:00 AM, ESPN
Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher got the cowbell clank put on his team by
the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville last week, losing 28-13.
Auburn was off last week, but destroyed Ole Miss, 31-16, in its last
game.  Coach Fisher’s learning curve in the SEC is getting steep as he
faces quality competition every week, unlike his previous tenure at
Florida State. Auburn wins this game at home and gets bowl eligible
with three games left which is crucial, because two of those three are
against Georgia and Alabama.
Pick: Auburn 27  Texas A&M  22

S. Carolina (4-3) at Ole Miss (5-3)
Line: Pick / 66.5
Time/TV: 11:00 AM, SECN
The Gamecocks overcame a fourth quarter deficit to beat Tennessee
at home last week, 27-24. Ole Miss was off and and comes in rested
and healthy for this early morning wake-up call in Oxford.  The Rebels
are playing each game as its bowl game due to former coach Hugh
Freeze’s probationary bowl ban shenanigans. South Carolina is
desperately trying to reschedule its hurricane cancelled game from
week four, to patch up its bowl eligibility status but nothing has
been set. The Gamecocks won’t contain Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu.
Bloody Mary’s and keg beer in the Grove.
Pick: Ole Miss 38  South Carolina 29

#6 Georgia (7-1) at #11 Kentucky (7-1)
Line: Bulldogs -9.5 / 44
Time/TV: 2:30 PM, CBS
When was the last time Georgia and Kentucky played a game when
both teams were ranked in the top 10? Probably never.  The Wildcats
got an extremely favorable pass interference call to overcome Missouri
last week, 15-14, on an untimed down with time expired. It was a
screwing with a capital “S” for Missouri fans.  Georgia’s QB, Jake
Fromm, re-established his “phenom” moniker going 17-24, for 240 yds
and three TD’s in the 36-17 beat down of Florida.  Kentucky’s defense
is stellar but the Dawg’s offense is hitting its stride and weathers
the blue storm in Lexington.
Pick: Georgia 23  Kentucky 18

Missouri (4-4) at #13 Florida (6-2)
Line: Gators -6 / 58
Time/TV: 3:00 PM, SECN
Florida is licking its wounds after getting dominated by Georgia
last week.  Nothing but respect for Gator HC Dan Mullen, but this
Gator team is the same team that went 4-7 last year. Not buying into
Florida’s high rankings just yet. Missouri should be in a sour mood
after the refs took away their 5th win last week.  This game could be
the definition of a trap game for the Gators and a redemption game for
the Tigers. Missouri QB Drew Lock goes for four TD’s in the week’s
biggest upset.
Pick: Missouri 34  Florida 30

Charlotte (4-4) at Tennessee (3-5)
Line: Vols -21 / 48.5
Time/TV: 3:00 PM
The Volunteers can win three out of four and become bowl eligible
in HC, Jeremy Pruitt’s first season.  If the Vols take care of
business this week against 21 point underdogs, UNC Charlotte, they
would only need to win two of three versus Kentucky, Missouri and
Vanderbilt.  It’s definitely doable and the culture of change in Big
Orange nation is present and accounted for.
Pick: Tennessee 44  UNC Charlotte 20

La. Tech (6-2) at #21 Miss. State (5-3)
Line: Bulldogs -22 / 46
Time/TV: 6:30 PM, SECN
The battle of the Bulldogs may be closer than most people think.
Louisiana Tech’s only losses were to #3 ranked LSU by 17 points and to
University Alabama Birmingham who is 7-1 in their second season back
after suspending football two years ago. New State HC Joe Moorhead is
level -headed and won’t get trapped in this non-conference matchup in
Starkville.  The Tech Bulldogs will keep it close but Hail State.
Pick: Mississippi State  26  La. Tech 17

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