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: 6-0Overall Record: 25-5
Saturday, October 8
Hurricane Matthew has wreaked havoc on the SEC football schedule this weekend. The LSU/Florida game in Gainesville was indefinitely postponed, and the Georgia/South Carolina contest in Columbia was moved to Sunday afternoon. Auburn at Mississippi StateKickoff: 12:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)Mississippi State has had Auburn’s number in recent years, winning 3 of the last 4 meetings with the only loss being a last minute defeat in 2013 to the eventual SEC champion/national runner-up. However, the Tigers’ offense is beginning to click behind quarterback Sean White, and the Bulldogs’ defense is really struggling.Predicted Final Score: Auburn 27, Mississippi State 17 Tennessee at Texas A&MKickoff: 3:30 PM EDT (CBS)Tennessee, which has trailed in four of its first five games, is coming off consecutive, emotional wins against SEC East rivals Florida and Georgia. Texas A&M is off to yet another strong start as it opened the past two seasons 5-0. However, this Texas A&M team has a much stronger rushing offense and defense and appears ready to make a push for a conference title. The Vols stole one last week against a far less talented team than the Aggies and will have no such luck on Saturday.Predicted Final Score: Texas A&M 28, Tennessee 17 Vanderbilt at KentuckyKickoff: 4:00 PM EDT (SEC Network)In a battle between two SEC East cellar dwellers, Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops earns a much needed victory.Predicted Final Score: Kentucky 20, Vanderbilt 16 Alabama at ArkansasKickoff: 7:00 PM EDT (ESPN)Alabama brings the nation’s longest active winning streak (17 games) into Fayetteville for a game that could be best described as the Razorbacks’ Super Bowl. Alabama’s quarterback Jalen Hurts is a special talent, but he’s also a true freshman. Hurts makes his share of mistakes but also makes enough plays with his arm and his feet for the Crimson Tide to squeak out a victory.Predicted Final Score: Alabama 24, Arkansas 22
Sunday, October 9
Georgia at South CarolinaKickoff: 2:30 PM EDT (SEC Network)In a battle of two squads led by former Georgia football standouts (Will Muschamp at South Carolina and Kirby Smart at Georgia) the key question will be how Georgia responds to last week’s gut-wrenching defeat to Tennessee. If Georgia puts last week’s heartbreak in the rear view mirror, it’s hard to envision South Carolina’s offense generating enough plays to win this one.Predicted Final Score: Georgia 24, South Carolina 14