Week 14 SEC Game Predictions

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, November 29th, 2014


By Robert Cortinez

This week is all about rivalries.  The SEC shifted some games and now Arkansas’ “rival game” is Missouri and LSU’s new rival is Texas A&M on Thanksgiving night. The rest of the rival games are traditional in-state SEC battles or storied SEC-ACC match-ups that have been played for generations.
Five of these game’s outcomes will affect the selection of the the inaugural four teams for the 2014 college football playoffs.  Pay attention America, this may be the week your team goes down for the count.
Season results:  
Straight 90-14;  
ATS  58-31-2

LSU (7-4) @ Texas A&M (7-4)
Line:  A&M  -3 / 52.5  
These two teams were both ranked in the top AP 10 during this 2014 season.  Now both of these teams are unranked and fighting for a decent bowl.  The winner gets a new Years Day bowl while the loser goes to a second tier bowl sometime after Christmas and before New Year’s Eve.
Both these teams are desperate for win to end the regular season.  Going with HC Les Miles and the  Bayou Bengals on Thanksgiving night.
PICK:  LSU 19  Texas A&M 13

Arkansas (6-5) @  #17 Missouri (9-2)                                                                                                                                               LINE:  Razorbacks -3 / 46
The Razorbacks are red-hot after becoming the only unranked team in NCAA history to  consecutively shut-out two ranked teams dismantleing  #17 LSU 17-0,  and #8 Ole Miss, 31-0.
Missouri continues to get no respect, entering this game as three point dogs.  Missouri’s win over Tennessee last week put the Tigers in the SEC East  driver’s seat.
Arkansas’s starting QB, Brandon Allen, suffered a hip bruise and his younger brother, Austin Allen, had to finish the game.
The  Hog’s defense won last week’s game, but the Missouri defense is just as salty and Tiger QB Maty Mauck is for real.  PICK:  Missouri 29  Arkansas 27

 #15 Auburn (8-3) @  #1 Alabama (10-1)                                                                                                                                            Line:  Bama  -9.5 / 53.5   
Redemption.  NIck Saban has been playing this game in his head for 365 days.  Auburn’s 108 yard touchdown return on the Bama missed field goal in last year’s Iron Bowl has been in Saban’s craw for a year.
Auburn lost its long-shot bid at making the national playoffs when they lost to A&M in week 12. The Crimson Tide defense will control this affair from the tip in Tuscaloosa.   Alabama goes to the SEC championship for the third time in the last four years.
PICK:  Alabama  21 Auburn 17

#4 Miss State (10-1)@#19 Ole Miss (8-3)                                                                                                                                           Line:  Bulldogs  -2.5 / 49.5  
The Egg Bowl cometh.  This game got its name from the early 1900’s old-school football shaped trophy awarded to the best team in Mississippi.  In the modern era, the trophy resembles an “egg” more so than a football.
Ole Miss leads the rivalry 61-43-6 but Mississippi State has won 4 of the last five Egg Bowl contests. This game boils down to Rebel QB Bo Wallace vs. Bulldog QB Dak Prescott.
The Bulldogs are playing for a national championship and stays on task.
PICK:  Mississippi State 24  Ole Miss 20

Florida (6-4) @ #1  Florida State (11-0)
Seminoles  -7.5 / 52.5   
Florida HC Will Muschamp will try to “Zook”  out of Florida and notch a monumental upset of #1 Florida State.  Florida HC Ron Zook was fired during his 2004 season and ended his Florida reign with an upset  victory in Tallahasse as a seven point underdog.
Urban Meyer came in after Zook and won a national championship with Zook’s players in 2008. The spread’s almost the same 10 years later.   Down goes Winston.                                                                                                                                                                  PICK:  Florida 31  Florida State 27

#16 GeorgiaTech (9-2) @#9Georgia (9-2)                                                                                                                                         Line:  Bulldogs  -12.5/66 
The nickname for this rivalry is ‘clean old-fashioned hate’. The Georgia Bulldogs gave up their shot at the college football playoffs with their stupid loss to Florida in week 8.  Georgia Tech had their own hiccup with a home loss to North Carolina.
Even though Georgia annihilated  Missouri in Columbia, 41-0, they need a Razorback victory to get back to Atlanta for the SEC championship.
Georgia Tech won the ACC coastal division and will face Florida State in the ACC Championship game next week.   The ‘Dawgs bark it up and hope for a Razorback upset.
PICK:  Georgia 33  Georgia Tech 24

Kentucky (5-6) @ #22  Louisville (8-3)                                                                                                                                                Line:  Cardinals  -14 / 53  
Louisville HC Bobby Petrino has ugly character issues in his past, but one constant has always been his ability to coach.  Granted, he took over a Charley Strong team that was loaded with talent. and the Cardinals are ranked in Petrino’s first season at the helm.
Kentucky HC Mark Stoops has been trying to get his Wildcats bowl eligible for the past four weeks.  Sensing a UK surprise in this battle of the Bluegrass State.  PICK:  Kentucky 29  Louisville 27

South Carolina (6-5) at Clemson (7-3)                                                                                                                                                     Line:  Clemson -4.5 / 66                             
South Carolina has had a roller coaster season after debuting at  #9 in the  pre-season polls.  Now the Gamecocks are trying to just get a decent bowl destination.
Clemson is second to Florida State in the ACC Atlantic division, losing only to FSU, Georgia and Georgia Tech this season. Clemson doesn’t know who will start at quarterback so the bookmakers haven’t put a line on this game.   Gamecock HC Steve Spurrier is going to have fun in this game but will fall to .500 in this forgettable season.
PICK:  Clemson 35  South Carolina 28


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