SEC Football Week 9

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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By Robert Cortinez

The SEC West is still reigning supreme in the land holding down four of the top five spots in the AP Top 25.  Previously #5  Notre Dame lost its bid to knock off the champs when the refs stole a  last -second touchdown on a homer call in Tallahassee.   Baylor also fell from the AP top 5 when they got stoned by West Virginia.  These losses opened the door for SEC West domination at the mid-way point in the race to the national playoffs.  The West division dominance won’t last for long.  With the exception of ‘Bama and Ole Miss,  the rest of the top ranked West will play games against each other, knocking at least two west teams out of the playoffs.  Attrition’s a bitch. Georgia, Florida and Texas A &M are all off this week.

Record. Straight 61-10;  Against the LIne  35-26-2

 

#1 Mississippi State (6-0) @ Kentucky (5-2) Miss State -14 / 59  LSU put the brakes on Kentucky’s dream season beating the Wildcats 42-3.  Kentucky has no time to sulk and will host a rested Mississippi State team at Commonwealth Stadium.  Mississippi State’s number one ranking is starting to elicit grumbles among the national media. The Bulldogs won’t let the naysayers affect their poise and athleticism in this match-up.  State QB Dak Prescott should be able to pad his already healthy touchdown stats and further his Heisman hopes.

PICK:  Mississippi State 27 Kentucky 18

#3 Ole Miss (7-0) @ #24 LSU (6-2)  Ole Miss -3.5 / 44  This game will be the litmus test for the Ole Miss Rebel’s chase for the playoffs.  The Rebels home win against Alabama was huge, but ‘Bama’s mistakes in that game allowed Ole Miss to score two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull off the upset.  This game in Baton Rouge, at night, in Death Valley will be epic.  The Bayou Bengal’s cajun fan base and rabid students will turn out in droves for the potential at upsetting a #1 team, especially if its Ole Miss.  These teams have played over 100 games and first  battled in 1894.  Last year, Ole Miss handed LSU its first SEC loss in Oxford.  Picking the Tigers to return the favor in Baton Rouge and win the Magnolia Bowl.

PICK:  LSU 31  Ole Miss 27

#4 Alabama (6-1) @ Tennessee (3-4)  Alabama -17.5 / 46.5    Alabama HC NIck Saban took a page out of Green Bay Packer QB Aaron Rogers playbook and told his team to “Relax”.   It worked.  Alabama embarrassed Texas A&M 59-0 in the Tide’s most complete game of this season.  The Volunteers didn’t fare much better than the Aggies, losing 34-3 to Ole Miss last week.  The Tide got a quality shut-out from its revitalized defense.  Bama QB Blake Sims is the unquestioned starter after throwing for 268 yards and 2 TD’s and running for a 43 yard TD.  Alabama also got  solid production from RB T.J. Yeldon and WR Amari Cooper who both gained over 100 yards.  The Volunteers need to get back to the basics of blocking and tacking to make this game competitive.

PICK:  Alabama 30  Tennessee 16 

South Carolina (4-3)  @ #5 Auburn (5-1)   Auburn -17.5 / 65    Auburn got to rest last week after getting shelled by Mississippi State in week 7,  38-23.  The Tigers are looking for a rebound game on the Plains.  South Carolina is desperately trying to to keep up in the eastern division race with Georgia and Missouri.  The ‘ole ball coach will have his Gamecocks ready to play but Auburn HC Gus Malzahn won’t let his team suffer a let down.  Tiger QB NIck Price had a horrendous first quarter against the Bulldogs in his last outing, and looks for redemption in this contest.  Auburn’s defense should manhandle the Gamecocks and maintain their lofty rankings.

PICK:  Auburn 42  South Carolina  27

Univ. Alabama-Birmingham (4-3)  @ Arkansas (3-4)   Hogs -23 / 63.5  The Little Rock mojo backfired on the Hogs last week, as they fell 45-32 to Georgia.  The Razorbacks scored first but then got blitzed for 38 straight points before half-time.  Arkansas had to abandon its vaunted run game and rely on its mediocre passing attack in the second half which was a recipe to lose.  UAB is on the rise,  with first year coach Bill Clark almost doubling his predecessor’s two year win total in his first seven games.  The Blazers rely on a wide-open offense to spread the ball to several players eliminating any shutting down of just one or two options.  Arkansas HC Brett Bielema emphasized “toughness” in this week’s practice which means “run the ball”. The Razorbacks will ground and pound to a win in this non-conference tilt.

PICK:  Arkansas 38  UAB 21

Vanderbilt (2-5) @ Missouri (5-2)   MIssouri -21 / 45   Even though its an SEC match-up, this game almost  qualifies as the “who cares” SEC game of the week.  Vanderbilt  is having a football season to be forgotten.  Missouri is playing decent ball but the mind-boggling  loss to Indiana and blow-out loss at home to Georgia makes you scratch your head.  Maty Mauk throws for four touchdowns and the Tigers easily handle the Commodores. wi

PICK:  Missouri 35  Vanderbilt 10

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