SEC Game Predictions- Week 1

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2019

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The No.8 Florida Gators kicked off 2019 in week “zero” with a
victory for the SEC.  Dan Mullen’s Gators took care of the Miami
Hurricanes 24-20 in a sloppy game from both of the Sunshine state
teams.  The Gators had four turnovers, two bonehead turnovers
(interception and fumble) resting squarely on the shoulders of QB
Felipe Franks. To his credit, Franks did account for all three of the
Gators TD’s which included the 4th quarter, come-from-behind, game
winning QB sneak.

Week 1 will feature a handful of intriguing contests (No.16 Auburn
vs No.11 Oregon, Ole Miss vs. Memphis, South Carolina vs. North
Carolina and Missouri @ Wyoming) along with the customary season
opening cupcake slate.
2018 Prediction Results:
Straight: 78-20 (80%) Line: 57-40-1 (59%)

Texas State (0-0) at (12)Texas A&M (0-0)                                                                                                                           Line: Aggies -33.5 / 57.5
Time/TV: Thurs., 7:30 / SEC Network
The Aggies hope to work out any kinks with this tune-up against
in-state Sun Belt conference foe Texas State. Texas State was 3-9
last year which led to their head coach being fired and the hiring of
West Virginia offensive coordinator, Jake Spatival. Spatival is
familiar with Kyle Field where he served as the quarterback coach for
Heisman winner Johnny Manzeil in 2013. Spatival’s familiarity won’t
make a difference.
Pick: Texas A&M 33 Texas State 6

Toledo (0-0) at Kentucky (0-0)
Line: Kentucky -12 / 62
Time/TV: Sat., 11:00am / SEC Network
The Kentucky Wildcats get a little tester in their opener, facing
off against mid-major Toledo out of the MAC conference.  Toledo was
7-6 last year but expectations are high for the Rockets to improve on
that number. Kentucky has to prove last year’s 10-3 success wasn’t
just a flash in the pan.  Wildcats HC Mark Stoops should be able to
coach his team up to measure, at Kentucky’s Kroger Field.
Pick: Kentucky 27 Toledo 13

Ole Miss (0-0) at Memphis (0-0)
Line: Ole Miss -5 / 66.5
Time/TV: 11:00 a.m. / ABC
The key to a successful season for the Ole Miss Rebels is a win
in this game against neighboring Memphis. The two campuses are
separated by only 80 miles and Ole Miss holds a 49-11-2 advantage over
Memphis in what’s known as the Mid-South Rivalry. Memphis has been on
a roll of late with two 10-win seasons and five bowl games in the last
five years. On the other hand Ole Miss fired its head coach two years
ago and hasn’t had a winning season, or been to a bowl game, since
2015.  Ole Miss’s coaching consortium HC Matt Luke, OC Rich Rodriguez,
DC Mike MacIntyre could manufacture a stellar season if they start out
with a win in Blues town.
Pick: Ole Miss 26  Memphis 24

Mississippi St.(0-0) at Louisiana La.(0-0)                                                                                                                          Line: State -19.5 / 60
TV/Time: 11:00 a.m./ ESPNU
This game being played in New Orleans will be an interesting
first-game barometer for both teams. Mississippi State’s gotta show
they can get along without the instant offense of departing QB Nick
Fitzgerald. The Ragin Cajuns bring back a 3,000 yard rushing attack
that runs behind a senior-laden O-line. The Cajuns will also be
playing in their backyard with tons of local Louisianans supporting
them in the Dome. All the makings for an upset, but State’s defense
should carry the day for the Bulldogs.
Pick: Mississippi State 20  Louisiana 10

S. Carolina (0-0) vs. N. Carolina (0-0)                                                                                                                              Line: Gamecocks -11 / 63.5
Time/TV: 2:30 / ESPN
The Battle of the Carolinas will be played for the 58th time in the
NFL stadium home of the  Carolina Panthers. Former Texas HC Mack Brown
came out of retirement to take the helm of the Tar Heels.  Not much is
expected of Coach Mack in his first year. On the other hand, South
Carolina HC Will Muschamp’s expectations include competing for the SEC
East crown.  The Gamecocks get this one without too much trouble.
Pick: South Carolina 31 North Carolina 17

Georgia State (0-0) at Tennessee (0-0)
Line: Vols -26 / 57.5
Time/TV: 2:30 p.m / ESPNU
Georgia State was the worst team (2-10) in the Sun Belt conference
in 2018. The Panthers just brought football back in 2013 and have not
competed for a championship since rejoining the league. Tennessee is
absolutely huge and HC Jeremy Pruitt needs his team to dominate this
game. The Volunteer nation is hungry for success and the 100,000 plus
at Neyland Stadium won’t, and shouldn’t, expect anything less than a
blow-out.
Pick: Tennessee 42  Georgia State 7

(2)Alabama (0-0) vs. Duke (0-0)
Line: Tide -35 / 57
TIme/TV: 2:30 / ESPN
The Crimson Tide lost their best linebacker, Dylan Moses, to a
knee injury for potentially all season. HC Nick Saban then announced
first half suspensions for four players including, three starters,
including his two best running backs. Duke’s HC David Cutcliffe, has
made the most of his school’s overlooked football team in his time in
Durham. Cutcliffe had a 10 win season in 2013 and finished 8-5 last
year.  This Duke team won’t win against Alabama but will account fully
for themselves in Atlanta
Pick: Alabama 37  Duke 13

Portland State (0-0) at Arkansas (0-0)
Line: Razorbacks -26 / 60.5
Time/TV: 3:00 / SEC Network; 3:00
The only SEC team to play a non-FBS school will be the Arkansas
Razorbacks.  The Hogs were hapless last year, losing 10 games for
the first time in Arkansas football history. FCS Portland State was
4-7 last year and three of those losses were by 50 points or more. The
big question, however, is why are the Hogs are only favored by 26
points? Even Vikings HC Bruce Barnum, commented to media that
Arkansas’s third stringers should be excited since they’ll see
significant playing time in the game.
Pick: Arkansas 48 Portland State 13

#16 Auburn (0-0) vs. #11 Oregon (0-0)                                                                                                                                                 Line: Tigers -3.5 / 55.5
Time/TV: 6:00 / ABC
The third game of ABC’s week 1, triple header features a top
twenty match-up between the SEC and the PAC 12.  The #16 Auburn Tigers
are favored over the #11 Oregon Beavers by a field goal. What this
tells us is that the voting media in the AP Polls always give too much
respect to the west coast teams. Vegas is much less biased and
usually more predictive of game results. The Auburn Gus Bus has to win
this game to keep their coach’s driver’s seat from getting too hot.
Pick: Auburn 33 Oregon 24

Georgia Southern (0-0) at (6)LSU (0-0)
Line: -27.5 / 52.5
Time/TV: 6:30 p.m / ESPNU
In 2018 the Georgia Southern Eagles won the Sun Belt championship,
beat Eastern Michigan in the Camellia Bowl and had a 10 win season for
the first time in school history. These accolades won’t do them much
good, LSU’s talent level is simply too big, too fast and too strong
for the Eagles. Not to mention, that this game will be played in the
early evening in Death Valley, Baton Rouge. The Tigers home field
advantage, especially in night games, is known throughout the football
land.
Pick: LSU 51 Georgia Southern 17

Missouri (0-0) at Wyoming (0-0)
Line:
Time/TV: 7:30 p.m. / CBSSN
The official unveiling of Mizzou QB Kelly Bryant’s NFL try-out
takes place in Laramie, Wyoming.  The Wyoming Cowboys were 6-6 last
year. One of the losses was to Missouri, 42-13 in Columbia. Tiger QB
Kelly Bryant chose Missouri as the team to launch him to the NFL even
though Missouri is bowl-banned this year. Seems as if he doesn’t care
to compete for any type of championship on the college level and is
more concerned with getting paid.  Missouri should be able to handle
Wyoming, but needs to solidify the defense.
Pick: Missouri 30  Wyoming 17

(3) Georgia (0-0) at Vanderbilt (0-0)
Line: Georgia -22 / 57.5
Time/TV: 6:30 p.m. / SEC Network
Back in 2016, third year HC Derek Mason took his Commodores to
Athens, in between the hedges, and whupped Georgia and its first year
coach, Kirby Smart,17-16. Georgia’s won both games since by about
thirty points. Coach Mason always seems to win a “big” game each
season and the 2016 Georgia win was the ‘big” one. Dawgs HC Kirby
Smart ain’t gonna let it happen again on his watch. Look for Georgia
QB Jake Fromm, to play himself into the Heisman talk.
Pick: Georgia 44  Vanderbilt 13

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