SEC Game Predictions- Week 9

by Dan M | Posted on Friday, October 25th, 2019

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Well, well, well. The epic South Carolina upset of #3 Georgia in
week 7 takes a back seat to the Illinois upset of #6 Wisconsin in week
8 of this crazy college football season. The Badger loss opens up the
CFP farcical, facade playoff charade, especially if Wiscy upsets Ohio
State in Madison this Saturday. The SEC anxiously watches as #2 LSU’s
Ed Ogeron battles #9 Auburn’s, Gus Malzahn, when these two coaches
match football wits in Death Valley. The rest of the SEC slate is
pedestrian (yawn) football, unless the Arkansas Razorbacks get gamma
rayed and hulk up the Crimson Tide as 31 point dogs, to a Tua-less
Bama team.
Florida and Georgia get a bye week to rest and fully focus for
their cocktail party next week, and are joined by Ole Miss and Vandy
leaving only 10 of the SEC’s 14 teams squaring off this week..
Last weeks results: Straight 6-1; ATS 4-3
Overall:  Straight 57-13; ATS 40-27-3

Mississippi St. (3-4) at Texas A&M (4-3)
Line: Aggies -10.5 / 50.5
Time/TV: 11:00 a.m / SECN
The Bulldogs got whipped by #2 LSU 36-13, last week and it wasn’t
even that close. Texas A&M survived a road test at Ole Miss, 24-17,
but that game should have gone to the Rebels.  Ole Miss suffered a
blocked 37 yard field goal and allowed an Aggie 55 yard defensive
scoop and score. Not to mention a costly interception thrown by Rebel
QB John Rhys Plumlee in the third quarter after crossing mid-field.
State’s HC Joe Morehead has decided to go with freshman beardo QB
Garrett Schrader who is the best man for the job. Bulldogs RB Kylin
Hill may be the best RB in the league and State’s defense will have
several NFL’ers next year so going with the upset of boogeyman Jimbo
Fisher in College Station.
Pick: Mississippi State 28 Texas A&M 27

#9 Auburn (6-1) at #2 LSU (7-0)
Line: Tigers -10.5 / 59
Time/TV: 2:30 / CBS
The Battle of the Tigers in Death Valley will captivate the
attention of college football nation. Gus Malzahn’s Tigers went to his
old home field and hurt the Hog’s feelings, 51-10, in Fayetteville.
Auburn had Arkansas down 17-0 in the first five minutes and never
looked back. LSU handled Mississippi State last week in a
workman-like manner, 36-13, but can’t afford a letdown with #1 Alabama
looming in two weeks. Auburn has an outside shot to make the CFP’s but
has to win in Baton Rouge to start that journey. LSU’s Heisman
candidate Joe Burrow’s secured LSU’s single season touchdown record
with 29 TD’s in only seven games. LSU’s total defense is ranked #24
but that’s with tons of subs in the fourth quarter allowing
meaningless TD’s and broken plays. The “real” Tigers of Baton Rouge
will blow up Auburn Freshman QB Bo Nix.
Pick: LSU 34  Auburn 17

Arkansas (2-5) at #1 Alabama (7-0)
Line: Tide -31.5 / 56
Time/TV: 6:00 / ESPN
If it weren’t for the #1 team in the land playing this game, it
would be the “who cares” SEC game of the week. In an odd twist for
Arkansas, college football pundits will pay attention just to see how
bad the Razorbacks truly are. Bama’s Heisman trophy candidate Tua
Taglavoila is out with an ankle injury and Bama is still a 30 point
favorite at home against the Hogs. Back up tide QB Mac Jones (6’2”,
190 lbs) is solid but he aint no Jalen Hurts. The Hogs don’t have a
defense, don’t have an offense, and don’t have special teams under
second year HC Chad Morriss. Arkansas is absolutely pitiful and will
be massacred in Tuscaloosa. Saban will marinate a win, but the betting
line may be in jeopardy.
Pick: Alabama 33  Arkansas 9

Missouri (5-2) at Kentucky (3-4)
Line: Tigers -10 / 44.5
Time/TV: 6:30 / SECN
Now we get the “who cares” game of the week in the SEC. Missouri
is bowl ineligible and Kentucky has to win three out of five to get
six wins but has remaining games against Tennessee, Tennessee Martin,
Vanderbilt and Louisville. Even with a loss this week, the Wildcats
are still very much in it to win it for bowl eligibility. The Tigers
will win this game but the Cats play tough at home.
Pick: Missouri 35  Kentucky 20

South Carolina (3-4) at Tennessee (2-5)
Line: Gamecocks -4.5 / 47
Time/TV: 3:00 / SECN
The Gamecocks got screwed twice last week by the refs in their
38-27 loss to #9 Florida. The stripes didn’t call a hold on a long TD
run by Florida and didn’t call an absolutely blatant pick call on a
late Florida touchdown that gave the Gators the final lead of the
game. Tennessee fell back to earth after their minor upset of
Mississippi State, but covered the line in the loss to #1 Alabama,
35-13. The Gamecocks got to win this game to have a chance at a bowl
while the Vols are just seeking a measure of respectability in
Knoxville. This game will be close as the line but the Gamecocks have
proven their mettle and beaten Georgia at home and were close to
upsetting #9 Florida last week. Going with the Will’s Gamecocks on the
Pick: South Carolina 30  Tennessee 20


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