SEC Game Predictions- Week 8

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, October 19th, 2019

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The between the hedges shake-up that no one saw happen..#3 Georgia
gets rooster-spurred by the Gamecocks in Athens, losing 20-17 in
double OT.  The ‘Dawgs offense slept walk through three quarters and
then HC Kirby Smart’s play calling combined with the kicking game
devastated the Georgia faithful. This mis-step gives #5 Oklahoma, #6
Wisconsin, #7 Penn State, and #8 Notre Dame new life towards the
fatally flawed CFP Final Four’s first selection party in three weeks.
For future reference, an eight team CFP ranking will appear in this
column beginning next week in the hopes of an ESPN revolt and peaceful
revolution for what “should be” in college football.
There is a full slate of games this week with all 14 SEC teams
doing battle against each other in conference play. There are no top
20 matchups which means plenty of double digit lines in the top heavy
SEC. This week’s SEC headliner is an intriguing match-up between #9
Florida and South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.
Last week’s results: Straight 4-3  ATL 6-1
Season results:  Straight 51-12 ATL 36-24-3

#9 Florida (6-1) at South Carolina (3-3)
Line: Gators -6 / 48
Time/TV: 11:00 a.m / ESPN
In the Gamecocks defeat of #3 Georgia on the road, HC Will
Muschamp accomplished a feat no other South Carolina coach had
achieved, not Lou Holtz not  Steve Spurrier, by beating an AP Top 3
team on the road. Now the Gamecocks have to try and catch magic in a
bottle two weeks in a row with the #9 Gators coming to town. Florida
lost to LSU 42-28 last week but the game was much, much closer than
the final score. Florida QB Kyle Trask is playing like a veteran in
his first four starts and the Gator defense is as advertised. Florida
HC Dan Mullen won’t allow a let down before next week’s show down with
Georgia. The bloom of last week’s historic victory fades fast for the
South Carolina Gamecocks.
Pick: Florida 30  South Carolina 17

#11 Auburn (5-1) at Arkansas (2-4)
Line: Tigers -19 / 55.5
Time/TV: 11:00a.m / SECN
The Auburn Tigers are coming off a bye week after losing to
Florida, 24-13, in week 6.  Arkansas is coming off an atrocious loss
at Kentucky, 24-20, where a converted WR-QB, Lynn Bowden, garnered the
SEC offensive player of the week.  Bowden shredded the Hogs’s defense
for 196 rushing yards, 2 TD’s, and 78 passing yards. The Razorbacks
have never looked worse on the defensive side of the ball and John
“Chief” Chavis needs to refund his salary until his unit starts paying
dividends.  Hog HC Chad Morris seems perpetually uncomfortable and
cannot forge any type of team identity much less name his starting QB.
Personally, I believe Coach Morris to be a good man, a family man but
he’s yet to “man up” as an FBS Power 5 conference coach. Not going to
happen this week with the Gus Bus storming in to Fayetteville.
Auburn 42  Arkansas 26

#2 LSU (6-0) at Mississippi State (3-3)
Line: Tigers -18.5 / 61
Time/TV: 2:30 / CBS
All hail the purple and Gold! The Bayou Bengals are flying high
and ranked #2 for the first time since Les Miles (#1)  in 2011 and
Nick Saban (#1) in 2007. Tiger HC, Ed Ogeron, took his team to a # 7
season ending rank last year and is poised to surpass all the
naysayer’s expectations this year. The maroon and white of Mississippi
State’s football program have lost three of their last four games. The
Bulldogs can still pull off a bowl season but this week won’t be
pretty. Bulldog RB Kylin Hill is second in the SEC in rushing at 101
yards per game, but Coach Moorhead’s quarterback position is downright
wacky.  State will start true freshman Garrett Schrader for the first
time this year and is benching Penn St. transfer, senior Tommy
Stephens. A decision that the Starkville faithful have demanded for a
while. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs would need Tua Tagovailoa or Jalen
Hurts at quarterback to beat LSU.
Pick: LSU 48 Mississippi State 24

#22 Missouri (5-1) at Vanderbilt (1-5)
Line: Tigers -21 / 56.5
Time/TV: 3:00 / SECN
Maybe I’m being a little unfair, but this is the third week in a
row I’ve chosen a Vanderbilt game as the “who cares” game in the SEC.
Can’t be helped. Missouri is playing good ball, beating Ole Miss
handily last week, and enters the top 25 for the first time this year
but Vandy is horrible. The Commodores lost to 1-4 UNLV at home, 34-10.
Need I say more? Missouri is in a bowl ban, but QB Kelly Bryant’s
(1600 yds, 12 TD’s) NFL tour continues for Tiger HC Barry Odum. To the
Tigers credit, their defense has exceeded expectations and are ranked
#11 in the nation in overall defensive stats. Vandy HC Derek Mason
needs a major shot of karma but his team just doesn’t have the zen.
Pick: Missouri 38  Vanderbilt 17

Kentucky (3-3) at #10 Georgia (5-1)
Line: Bulldogs -25 / 47.5
Time/TV: 5:00 / ESPN
The Wildcats beat the woeful Razorbacks last week, but have to
find a needle in a haystack this week to have a chance at upsetting
the “upset” Georgia Bulldogs.  The Cats found success with converted
wide receiver Lynn Bowden last week, but this ain’t Arkansas and
Georgia’s defense will destroy Kentucky if they start Bowden again
this Saturday.  Dawg HC Kirby Smart knows that style points matter now
and will look to demolish Kentucky in Athens. Wildcat HC Mark Stoops
hopes this game answers a prayer to say the least, but as always will
coach up his team to play hard to the final whistle. Georgia QB Jake
Fromm (1300 passing yds, 9 TD’s) and RB DeAndre Swift (6 ypc, 2 TD’s)
will pace the Bulldogs offense to a blowout win between the hedges.
Pick: Georgia 44 Kentucky 14

Texas A&M (3-3) at Ole Miss (3-4)
Line: Aggies -6.5 / 55
Time/TV: 6:30 / SECN
The Aggies are finally out of the top 25 after getting beat by
Alabama, 47-28 in College Station. Alabama played QB Tua Tagovailoa
the entire game for the first time this season and the Crimson Tide
finally covered the line. Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher is earning 7.5
million a year and so far his three wins this year his are costing 2.5
million per win. Ole Miss has its own problems with its OC Rich
Rodriguez and DC Mike MacIntyre making bank and not producing squat
from for their million dollar paydays. This game is the get rich quick
contest, but neither team producing winning results to justify the
obscene payroll. Jimbo saves his job with a victory in Oxford.
Pick: Texas A&M 33  Ole Miss 24

Tennessee (2-4) at #1 Alabama (6-0)
Line: Tide -34.5 / 62
Time/TV: 8:00 / ESPN
Tennessee got a semi-upset with the home victory over Mississippi
State but reality sets in this Saturday in Tuscaloosa.  Bama handled
A&M with ease last week and and has to avoid overlooking the
Volunteers with LSU coming to town next week. Tide HC Nick Saban
played his first team offense and defense for four quarters for the
first time in 2019 last week. Little Nicky seems to be fine tuning his
squad for positioning in the CFP. Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt got his
defensive chops at the throne of Alabama’s dynastic hold on college
football’s top spot but will be mown grass for the Tide onslaught come
Saturday.
Pick: Alabama 48  Tennessee 10

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