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.
Last Week’s Record: 3-3Overall Record: 45-14
Saturday, November 12
Mississippi State at AlabamaKickoff: 12:00 PM EST (ESPN)Both teams are coming off of huge victories last week. Alabama’s offense struggled last week in a victory over LSU but looks to get back on track against Mississippi State’s 75th ranked defense. Bulldog quarterback Nick Fitzgerald is the type of mobile quarterback who can give Alabama some problems, but the Tide eventually rolls.Predicted Final Score: Alabama 38, Mississippi State 13 South Carolina at FloridaKickoff: 12:00 PM EST (CBS)South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp makes his first trip to Gainesville since being fired by Florida at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Gamecock true freshman quarterback Jake Bentley is 3-0 as a starter but will face the country’s second ranked pass defense. With Luke Del Rio out with an injured shoulder, the Gators turn to Austin Allenby at quarterback. The Gators prevail in a low-scoring, defensive battle.Predicted Final Score: Florida 24, South Carolina 17 Kentucky at TennesseeKickoff: 12:00 PM EST (SEC Network)Despite losing their past three SEC games, Tennessee just needs to win out and have Florida lose to either South Carolina or LSU to qualify for the SEC Championship Game. Tennessee is getting healthier, while Kentucky is coming off a heartbreaking defeat to Georgia. The Vols roll.Predicted Final Score: Tennessee 35, Kentucky 17 Vanderbilt at MissouriKickoff: 3:30 PM EST (SEC Network)Vandy needs to win two of its last three games to keep its bowl hopes alive, while Missouri will miss the postseason for the second consecutive year. The Commodores’ Butkus Award candidate linebacker Zach Cunningham will be the best player on the field and lead Vandy to an upset victory.Predicted Final Score: Vanderbilt 24, Missouri 21 Auburn at GeorgiaKickoff: 3:30 PM EST (CBS)Auburn survived a near upset against Vanderbilt last week, while Georgia kicked a last second field goal to edge Kentucky. Auburn’s offense is extremely banged up and might be without the SEC’s leading rusher Kamryn Pettway. Georgia’s hapless offensive line will have real problems blocking Auburn’s defensive line, which is led by standouts Carl Lawson and Montravius Adams. Auburn escapes Athens and gets ready for a winner take all Iron Bowl in two weeks.Predicted Final Score: Auburn 23, Georgia 21 LSU at ArkansasKickoff: 7:00 PM EST (ESPN)LSU hung with Alabama for three and a half quarters last week but ultimately, could not produce enough offense to get on the scoreboard, let alone win the game. Now, the Tigers travel to Fayetteville to face an Arkansas squad fresh off of a win against Florida where the Razorbacks showed significant improvement in their rush defense. After being shut down last week, Leonard Fournette arrives in a bad mood and propels the Tigers to a big victory.Predicted Final Score: LSU 27, Arkansas 17 Ole Miss at Texas A&MKickoff: 7:30 PM EST (SEC Network)This game looked like it would be a battle of two talented senior quarterbacks in Chad Kelly and Trevor Knight before both were injured last week. The Aggies will start backup quarterback Jake Hubenak, while Ole Miss must decide whether to play Jason Pellerin or burn true freshman Shea Patterson’s redshirt. I have little faith that Ole Miss can move the ball without Kelly at the helm due to their lackluster running game. The Aggies continue their quest for a New Years Six bowl berth.Predicted Final Score: Texas A&M 34, Ole Miss 21