SEC Football Predictions: Week Nine

Todd Talley returns 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: 38-9

Saturday, October 29

Kentucky at Missouri
Kickoff: 12:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)
Missouri has lost four of its last five games and is coming off a devastating loss to Middle Tennessee. Kentucky has won four of its last five and beat Mississippi State last weekend on a 51 yard field goal by Austin MacGinnis as time expired. Missouri is a 5 point favorite in the game. The guys in the desert must know something I don’t.
Predicted Final Score: Missouri 31, Kentucky 21
Florida v. Georgia @ Jacksonville, FL
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (CBS)
Jim McElwain and Kirby Smart worked together as the coordinators on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff from 2008 to 2011. Now, they face off in the game formerly known as “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.” The Bulldogs are reeling, having lost three of their last four contests. The Gators have only played one game in the month of October, but their quarterback Luke Del Rio looked impressive in his return against Missouri two weeks ago. Florida gets off to a sluggish start but controls the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and earns its third straight victory in the rivalry.
Predicted Final Score: Florida 23, Georgia 17
Samford at Mississippi State
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (SEC Network)
Mississippi State has lost three straight, including last week’s heartbreaker to Kentucky. Under coach Chris Hatcher, Samford is 6-1 and has the #3 ranked passing offense in the country. In a battle of the Bulldogs, Samford hangs around for a half, and Mississippi State pulls away late.
Predicted Final Score: Mississippi State 42, Samford 24
Auburn at Ole Miss
Kickoff: 7:15 PM EDT (SEC Network)
Ole Miss’s aspirations have shifted in the past two weeks from a New Year’s Six Bowl to a late December trip to Legion Field. Meanwhile, Auburn is ranked #3 in the country in rushing, is getting efficient quarterback play from Sean White, and is only giving up 14.1 points a game (also #3 in the country). Auburn faces another mediocre run defense in Ole Miss and continues to make its case as the best two loss team in the country.
Predicted Final Score: Auburn 33, Ole Miss 24
Tennessee at South Carolina
Kickoff: 7:15 PM EDT (ESPN 2)
Tennessee is coming off a much needed bye week and gets some key players back healthy, including three offensive linemen and linebacker Darrin Kirkland. South Carolina is already looking to next season as it is starting true freshman Jake Bentley at quarterback. The Vols are poised to run the table and get off to a good start by trouncing the outmatched Gamecocks.
Predicted Final Score: Tennessee 31, South Carolina 7
New Mexico State at Texas A&M
Kickoff: 7:30 PM EDT (ESPN U)
In one of the biggest mismatches of the entire season, Texas A&M puts up a boatload of points against New Mexico State’s defense, which is ranked #125 in the country.
Predicted Final Score: Texas A&M 63, New Mexico State 10