SEC Football Predictions: Week Seven

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: 5-0
Overall Record: 30-5

Friday, October 13

Mississippi State at BYU
Kickoff: 10:15 PM EDT (ESPN)
Mississippi State looks to bounce back from their blow out loss to Auburn in this rare Friday night trip to Provo, Utah. BYU may be the best 3-3 team in the country and is fresh off a dominating win at Michigan State. The Bulldogs’ defensive woes continue as BYU runs wild behind quarterback Taysom Hill and running back Jamaal Williams.
Predicted Final Score: BYU 34, Mississippi State 24

Saturday, October 14

Vanderbilt at Georgia
Kickoff: 12:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)
The Bulldogs have won 17 of their past 19 against the Commodores and are poised to make it 18 out of 20 behind the running of a healthy Nick Chubb.
Predicted Final Score: Georgia 28, Vanderbilt 10
Alabama at Tennessee
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (CBS)
Tennessee’s comeback last week against Texas A&M fell just short as the Volunteers forced overtime despite committing seven turnovers. The Vols are extremely banged up and will be without key defensive starters Cam Sutton (cornerback) and Jalen Reeves-Maybin (linebacker), among others. This Vols team has fallen behind by double digits in five games this season and erased the deficit all five times. The Crimson Tide jump up early, and the Vols don’t have enough left in the tank to come back this time.
Predicted Final Score: Alabama 31, Tennessee 14
Missouri at Florida
Kickoff: 4:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)
After a Hurricane Matthew induced bye week, Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio finally returns from the knee injury he suffered in Week 3 against North Texas. Behind another stellar effort from their defense, the Gators earn a closer than expected victory.
Predicted Final Score: Florida 20, Missouri 17
Ole Miss at Arkansas
Kickoff: 7:00 PM EDT (ESPN)
Ole Miss seeks to avenge last year’s heartbreaking loss to Arkansas that cost the Rebels a trip to the SEC Championship Game. The Rebels have struggled against Arkansas the past few years due to the Razorbacks’ hard-nosed, physical style of play. However, Arkansas’s offensive line has struggled this season, and their defense is giving up 315 rushing yards per game in SEC play. Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly makes plays with his legs and his arm, and the Rebels continue to make their case as the best two loss team in America.
Predicted Final Score: Ole Miss 38, Arkansas 23
Southern Mississippi at LSU
Kickoff: 7:30 PM EDT (SEC Network)
Southern Miss actually won the last meeting between these teams back in 1994. The Tigers seek to continue the positive momentum generated in Coach Ed Orgeron’s debut two weeks ago against Missouri, while the Golden Eagles look for their second victory this year over an SEC opponent (they beat Kentucky 44-35 in Week 1). While superstar running back Leonard Fournette is not expected to play due to an ankle injury, the Tigers still dominate behind electrifying ball carrier Derrius Guice.
Predicted Final Score: LSU 34, Southern Mississippi 10
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