Last Week’s Record: 4-3
Overall Record: 49-17
Saturday, November 19
Texas San Antonio at Texas A&M
Kickoff: 12:00 PM EST (ESPN U)
Texas A&M enters the game having lost three of its last four games, including back to back upset defeats to Mississippi State and Ole Miss. UTSA head coach Frank Wilson and Texas A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis used to work together on Les Miles’s staff at LSU and will be familiar with one another. The Aggies are the more talented team, but this game will be closer than the experts think.
Predicted Final Score: Texas A&M 38, Texas San Antonio 24
Florida at LSU
Kickoff: 1:00 PM EST (SEC Network)
This game was originally scheduled to be played in Gainesville on October 8 but was postponed due to Hurricane Matthew. After lengthy negotiations between the two schools and conference office, the game was moved to Baton Rouge and rescheduled for this Saturday. The game means a lot more to Florida as the Gators clinch a berth in the SEC Championship Game with a win. However, Florida’s offense is extremely banged up and will be down as many as five offensive starters. LSU rebounded nicely from its loss to Alabama with a resounding win over Arkansas last week. LSU dominates from start to finish, and Ed Orgeron continues to make his case to be the Tigers’ head coach in 2017.
Predicted Final Score: LSU 27, Florida 7
Missouri at Tennessee
Kickoff: 3:30 PM EST (CBS)
Tennessee just needs to win out and have Florida lose to LSU to qualify for the SEC Championship Game. Vols running back Alvin Kamara returned from injury last week, and the Tennessee running game produced 376 rushing yards. The Vols get one step closer to Atlanta.
Predicted Final Score: Tennessee 38, Missouri 17
Arkansas at Mississippi State
Kickoff: 7:00 PM EST (ESPN U)
Both squads had huge victories two weeks ago (Arkansas over Florida and Mississippi State over Texas A&M) before getting drilled last week by a combined 86 points. Mississippi State needs to win out to earn a bowl berth. Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen makes enough plays to earn the Razorbacks the victory in a shootout.
Predicted Final Score: Arkansas 34, Mississippi State 31
Chattanooga at Alabama
Kickoff: 7:00 PM EST (ESPN 2)
Jalen Hurts finds himself in the Heisman race after Lamar Jackson’s subpar performance in Thursday night’s blowout loss to Houston. Hurts puts up some nice passing numbers in the first half before the backups come in. Chattanooga is one of the best teams in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) but is no match for the Tide.
Predicted Final Score: Alabama 52, Chattanooga 10
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt
Kickoff: 8:00 PM EST (SEC Network)
Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson was quite impressive in his debut last week against Texas A&M. Now, he faces a tough Vanderbilt defense that has given up less than 20 points a game in SEC play. The Rebels win a low scoring affair.
Predicted Final Score: Ole Miss 24, Vanderbilt 13