SEC Football Predictions: Week Eight

Todd Talley is back with another week of his SEC football picks. Take a quick look so you will know where to place your bets this weekend. 

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Last Week’s Record: 4-2
Overall Record: 34-7

Saturday, October 22

UMass at South Carolina
Kickoff: 12:00 PM EDT
UMass takes on its third SEC opponent this season after dropping games to Florida (24-7) and Mississippi State (47-35). Facing the Minutemen’s 115th ranked defense, the Gamecocks score more than 20 points for the first time this season and earn Will Muschamp his third victory.
Predicted Final Score: South Carolina 27, UMass 16
Texas A&M at Alabama
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (CBS)
A battle of the SEC’s two remaining unbeatens will showcase Texas A&M quarterback Trevor Knight and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. Knight and Hurts are two of only three quarterbacks in the country (along with Heisman frontrunner Lamar Jackson from Louisville) to have eight rushing and passing touchdowns this season. While playing at Oklahoma in the 2013 season, Knight beat Alabama in Sugar Bowl. To repeat the achievement, Knight will have to play a perfect game and get help from Myles Garrett and the Aggie defense. The best way to succeed against the Aggie defense is to run right at them. Expect a heavy dose of Damien Harris, Joshua Jacobs, and Bo Scarbrough in a big Bama victory.
Predicted Final Score: Alabama 34, Texas A&M 24
Middle Tennessee at Missouri
Kickoff: 4:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)
Missouri suffered a beatdown at the hands of Florida last week, while Middle Tennessee lost a heartbreaker to rival Western Kentucky. The Tigers edge the pesky Blue Raiders in a shootout.
Predicted Final Score: Missouri 38, Middle Tennessee 34
Arkansas at Auburn
Kickoff: 5:30 PM EDT (ESPN)
This is a battle of the two most underrated quarterbacks in the SEC (if not all of college football): Austin Allen of Arkansas and Sean White of Auburn. Unlike Ole Miss, Auburn will be able to expose Arkansas’s putrid run defense. Fresh off a bye week, the Tigers take care of business at home and continue to control their destiny in the SEC West.
Predicted Final Score: Auburn 30, Arkansas 17
Mississippi State at Kentucky
Kickoff: 7:30 PM EDT (SEC Network)
Kentucky looks to end a seven game losing streak to Mississippi State in what might be the SEC East’s best shot at a head to head win over the SEC West all season. The Bulldogs may have turned the corner in last Friday’s heartbreaking double overtime loss to BYU. They extend the winning streak over the Wildcats to eight and deny the SEC East a much needed win over the West.
Predicted Final Score: Mississippi State 27, Kentucky 25
Ole Miss at LSU
Kickoff: 9:00 PM EDT (ESPN)
The Tigers have looked like a different team in Coach Ed Orgeron’s first two games. After suffering their third loss of the season to Arkansas, Ole Miss’s aspirations to play in Atlanta and a New Year’s Six bowl game have evaporated. The Tiger Stadium crowd forces a few Chad Kelly turnovers, and Leonard Fournette runs wild in his return from an ankle injury.
Predicted Final Score: LSU 31, Ole Miss 17
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