Todd Talley is back with another week of SEC football game predictions. Take a quick skim so you will know where to place your hopes (or bets) this weekend.
It was a rough opening week for the SEC with the conference posting a 6-6 overall record in non-conference games. In falling to Wisconsin, LSU ended a streak of 52 consecutive wins in regular season non-conference games. After leading 35-10, Kentucky allowed 34 unanswered points in a 44-35 loss to Southern Mississippi. Ole Miss also blew a huge lead (22 points) in the Rebels’ 45-34 loss to Florida State. The SEC will look to bounce back in Week 2, which is highlighted by the first ever college football game at a NASCAR race track. Now, on to the picks…
Saturday, September 10
Game: Kentucky at FloridaKickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (CBS)Florida has won 29 straight games in this series. Kentucky plays an inspired game after last week’s monumental collapse against Southern Mississippi, but the Gators extend the streak to 30.Predicted Final Score: Florida 27, Kentucky 20 Game: Western Kentucky at AlabamaKickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (ESPN 2)This is a classic sandwich game for Alabama between major contests against USC and Ole Miss. Western Kentucky has one of the most dynamic offenses that the Tide will see all season, and the Hilltoppers keep it competitive for a half.Predicted Final Score: Alabama 41, Western Kentucky 24 Game: Middle Tennessee at VanderbiltKickoff: 4:00 PM EDT (SEC Network Alternate Channel)Middle Tennessee has had this game circled since last year’s 17-13 loss to Vandy, while the Commodores must be immensely disappointed by last week’s loss to South Carolina. Blue Raiders Ride!Predicted Final Score: Middle Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 21 Game: Arkansas at TCUKickoff: 7:00 PM EDT (ESPN)This game is a classic contrast of styles. Arkansas plays power football with a strong running attack, while TCU throws the ball about 50 times per game. In a highly entertaining and high scoring contest, TCU quarterback Kenny Hill leads the Horned Frogs to victory.Predicted Final Score: TCU 38, Arkansas 31 Game: South Carolina at Mississippi StateKickoff: 7:00 PM EDT (ESPN 2)South Carolina arrives sky high after eeking out a 13-10 victory over Vandy on Elliott Fry’s 55 yard game winning field goal. Mississippi State looks to rebound from last week’s shocking defeat to South Alabama and get back on track for a bowl bid. Hail State!Predicted Final Score: Mississippi State 27, South Carolina 13 Game: Virginia Tech v. Tennessee @ Bristol Motor SpeedwayKickoff: 8:00 PM EDT (ABC)Bristol Motor Speedway is bringing in 565,000 beers to sell at the game, which should have the largest crowd in college football history. The Vols bounce back from last week’s overtime victory over Appalachian State with a solid performance by quarterback Joshua Dobbs.Predicted Final Score: Tennessee 31, Virginia Tech 20