Last Week’s Record: 5-1
Overall Record: 19-5
Saturday, October 1
Florida at Vanderbilt
Kickoff: 12:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)
The Gators look to bounce back from last weekend’s monumental second half collapse against Tennessee, while the Commodores seek to maintain the momentum from their upset victory over Western Kentucky. Florida wins a low scoring, noon snoozer.
Predicted Final Score: Florida 24, Vanderbilt 7
Tennessee at Georgia
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (CBS)
Tennessee looks to seize control of the SEC East race with a win, while Georgia seeks to bounce back after three consecutive lackluster showings. In Kirby Smart’s first big home game “between the hedges,” the Dawgs play inspired football and lead at halftime. However, the Vols are the more talented squad and will continue to ride the momentum from last Saturday’s program-altering victory over Florida.
Predicted Final Score: Tennessee 27, Georgia 24
Texas A&M at South Carolina
Kickoff: 4:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)
The last time these teams played at Williams-Brice Stadium, Steve Spurrier was coaching a top 10 Gamecocks squad in their season opener against the underdog Aggies led by quarterback Kenny Hill. Who could have predicted two years later that Spurrier would be retired, Hill would be playing at TCU, and the Aggies would be heavy favorites over the Gamecocks. The Aggies earn an ugly victory and get ready for next week’s showdown with Tennessee in College Station.
Predicted Final Score: Texas A&M 27, South Carolina 11
Kentucky at Alabama
Kickoff: 7:00 PM EDT (ESPN)
In yet another SEC West v. SEC East mismatch, Alabama jumps out to an early lead and rests its starters in anticipation of the upcoming three game stretch against Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas A&M. Roll Tide!
Predicted Final Score: Alabama 41, Kentucky 7
Memphis at Ole Miss
Kickoff: 7:00 PM EDT (ESPN 2)
Both teams are coming off blow out wins, but Ole Miss will be motivated to avenge last year’s loss to Memphis. The Rebels played one of the toughest schedules in all of college football in September, while the Tigers have faced three creampuffs. Ole Miss makes its case as the best two loss team in the country with a comfortable victory.
Predicted Final Score: Ole Miss 38, Memphis 23
Missouri at LSU
Kickoff: 7:30 PM EDT (SEC Network)
In case you’ve been under a rock all week, LSU fired head coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron following last Saturday’s heartbreaking loss to Auburn. Interim head coach Ed Orgeron (who had the same title at USC in 2013 after Lane Kiffin was fired at LAX) will have his team energized and believing that it is still in the SEC race. Missouri’s offense has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the first month of the season, averaging almost 45 points per game. In the first battle between the two sets of Tigers since the 1978 Liberty Bowl, LSU prevails behind a solid outing from Danny Etling.
Predicted Final Score: LSU 27, Missouri 17