SEC Picks Week 13
Most SEC teams will be playing division II teams this week, but their is still two games that every one will pay attention to. The first game is #8 Ole Miss playing at Arkansas.
Arkansas is coming off their biggest win of the season and their first conference win since October 19, 2012. The Razorbacks are one win away from becoming bowl eligible, with games against Ole Miss and Missouri remaining. Ole Miss comes into this game with two losses and are barely hanging around in the playoff race. Arkansas has been able to keep games close lately, losing by one to Alabama and by a touchdown to Mississippi State. Both of those teams were ranked in the top 10 when the Razorbacks played them, with the Bulldogs being number one. The Razorbacks have one of the best running back tandems in college football with Jonathan Williams and Alex Collins. Ole Miss has one of the best defenses in the country and are ranked 25th in the country in rush defense, allowing 128 yards per game. I think that Arkansas will be able to run on the Rebels, but Ole Miss will force a few turnovers to win a close game in Fayetteville.
The other game that every one should watch this weekend is #20 Missouri at Tennessee. The game has a lot of implications, with Missouri controlling their destiny in the east. A lose for the Tigers and Georgia goes to the SEC championship, with the Bulldogs owning the tiebreaker. Missouri still has two conference games left, while Georgia is done with conference play. Tennessee has been really good ever since Joshua Dobbs became the starter for the Vols. Dobbs is 2-0 and he almost led them to a comeback against Alabama, when he came in to replace Nathan Peterman. Tennessee has averaged 47.5 points per game since Dobbs became the starter, but those two games were against struggling defenses in South Carolina and Kentucky. Missouri has a really good defense and are currently ranked 16th in the country in scoring defense. Missouri has allowed 30 points or more only twice this season and both times they lost. The Achilles heal of this Missouri team is their offense and they have really been awful at times, most notably against Georgia. The Bulldogs shut out the Tigers 34-0. I think this game will be low scoring, with Missouri pulling it out in the second half. I expect to see the field goal kickers a lot in this one.
10 Eastern Kentucky at Florida 38
17 South Alabama at South Carolina 35
21 Charleston Southern at #10 Georgia 45
17 #8 Ole Miss at Arkansas 14
3 Western Carolina at #1 Alabama 52
14 Samford at #14 Auburn 52
23 #20 Missouri at Tennessee 17
13 Vanderbilt at #4 Mississippi State 48