Last Week’s Record: 4-2
Overall Record: 42-11
Saturday, November 5
Texas A&M at Mississippi State
Kickoff: 12:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)
The biggest surprise of the first College Football Playoff rankings that were released this week was Texas A&M being ranked #4, ahead of undefeated Washington. Mississippi State gave up 627 yards against Samford last week and will have no answers for the balanced Aggie offense.
Predicted Final Score: Texas A&M 38, Mississippi State 24
Vanderbilt at Auburn
Kickoff: 12:00 PM EDT (ESPN)
No team in the country has improved more over the course of the season than the Auburn Tigers. Auburn has developed a dominant rushing attack behind bruising running back Kamryn Pettway and boasts the #8 scoring defense in the country. The Tigers continue to roll towards the Iron Bowl, which may end deciding who represents the SEC West in Atlanta.
Predicted Final Score: Auburn 38, Vanderbilt 7
Florida at Arkansas
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (CBS)
The SEC East looks to earn its second victory over the SEC West this season (Kentucky beat Mississippi State on a last second field goal). Arkansas looks to bounce back from an embarrassing 56-3 loss two weeks ago against Auburn, while Florida is coming off a 24-10 win over their fierce rival Georgia. The Gators will utilize a run-heavy attack against the putrid Razorbacks run defense and hold on for a narrow victory.
Predicted Final Score: Florida 21, Arkansas 20
Missouri at South Carolina
Kickoff: 4:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)
The future looks bright for South Carolina behind quarterback Jake Bentley who led the Gamecocks to a shocking upset victory over Tennessee last weekend. Missouri is in free fall and one loss away from missing consecutive bowl games for the first time since 2002. The Tigers play their best game of the season with their backs against the wall, but the Gamecocks get one step closer to bowl eligibility.
Predicted Final Score: South Carolina 20, Missouri 19
Georgia at Kentucky
Kickoff: 7:30 PM EDT (SEC Network)
These teams are trending in opposite directions. Kentucky has won three straight games and is one win away from clinching a bowl bid. Georgia has lost four of five games and is really struggling to move the ball offensively. The ‘Dawgs get back on track behind a big game from true freshman quarterback Jacob Eason.
Predicted Final Score: Georgia 27, Kentucky 21
Alabama at LSU
Kickoff: 8:00 PM EDT (CBS)
Nick Saban has led four Alabama squads into Baton Rouge since his arrival in 2007. He has won three of the contests, but all four games were decided by a touchdown or less with two going to overtime! Alabama true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts will face the biggest challenge of his young career, as the LSU defense will sell out to stop the run and force him to throw the ball down the field. LSU running back Leonard Fournette has had this game circled since the Tide completely shut him down last season. Fournette hits one big touchdown run, LSU forces a few Alabama turnovers, and Ed Orgeron earns the permanent head coaching job in Baton Rouge. (NOTE: I still think Alabama makes the College Football Playoff.)
Predicted Final Score: LSU 27, Alabama 20