I missed on a few games last week with Tennessee blowing their late lead, Mississippi State struggling early against LSU and Arkansas somehow losing to Toledo. I guess you can’t win them all. This week features a few must watch games, with #15 Ole Miss traveling to #2 Alabama and #18 Auburn making the trip to Death Valley to take on #13 LSU. Another must watch game is Florida at Kentucky.
Here are my SEC Week 3 Picks:
Saturday, September 19
10 UConn at #22 Missouri 24
13 Nevada at #17 Texas A&M 56
17 #18 Auburn at #13 LSU 20
Auburn is coming off an embarrassing win against Jacksonville State, with the Tigers having to pull off a comeback victory. LSU went into Starkville last week and knocked off Mississippi State, 21-19. Auburn has no chance to win this game if their offense continues to struggle, while Leonard Fournette will need to keep up his hot start if LSU wants to win. I expect this game to be a low scoring one with Auburn’s defense keeping them in the game. I wouldn’t be shocked to see this one go to overtime.
3 Northwestern State at Mississippi State 52
6 Austin Peay at Vanderbilt 35
24 South Carolina at #7 Georgia 38
31 Texas Tech at Arkansas 35
Arkansas suffered an awful loss at home last week and now the Razorbacks have to face a high powered offense in Texas Tech. I expect the Red Raiders to come out firing on all cylinders, but at the end of the day the more physical team wins.
10 Western Carolina at Tennessee 45
20 Florida at Kentucky 23
You know Kentucky has redemption on their minds after losing to the Gators in overtime last season. The Gators might be without cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, while Kentucky might have the best quarterback in the conference in Patrick Towles. I’ll go with the home team in this one.
23 #15 Ole Miss at #2 Alabama 34
The Ole Miss offense is off to a great start with the team putting up 70 or more points in their first two games. The Alabama front-seven is the best in the country and should shutdown the Rebels rushing attack. The one weakness for the Crimson Tide is inexperience in their secondary. Can they stop the lethal Ole Miss passing attack? I think they can contain the passing attack, but I think the Rebels will have no problem driving down the field early. Chad Kelly has thrown for 557 yards and six touchdowns during the Rebels first two games against inferior competition. Alabama quarterback Jake Coker looked great against Wisconsin, but struggled last week when Middle Tennessee came to town. Which Coker will we see? Both of these teams features a top 10 defense and this could be another very low scoring game, but I expect to see some offense at Bryant-Denny on Saturday night. I’ll continue my trend of picking the home team and plus Nick Saban never loses rematches.