This week is full of exciting games in the SEC with #13 Alabama traveling to Athens to face the #8 Georgia Bulldogs. We also get a chance to see if #25 Florida is for real when #3 Ole Miss comes to town. I see a lot of low scoring games this week especially with the weather that is expected.
SEC Week 5 Picks:
Saturday, October 3
10 South Carolina at Missouri 14
Missouri suspended starting quarterback Maty Mauk earlier in the week and freshman Drew Lock will get the nod against the Gamecocks, which might be better for the Tigers. Both teams have struggled offensively, which should make this a very low scoring one. I’m going to go out on a limb and say the better defense wins.
17 #13 Alabama at #8 Georgia 14
Alabama has yet to see solid quarterback play and that and turnovers cost them against Ole Miss a few weeks back. The Tide will most likely stick to the run game in this one, especially with the weather expected to be messy. So this game will be a good ole fashion run fest and I would be surprised to see more than 35 passes between the two teams. The Crimson Tide’s defensive line should be good enough to stop Nick Chubb and the Bulldogs rushing attack. I like Bama in an instant classic.
17 San Jose State at Auburn 45
Sean White will get a week to learn the system against inferior competition which should be good for the Tigers in the long run.
17 #3 Ole Miss at #25 Florida 20
I like to pick an upset every week and I’m going to take this one. The Gators have a lot of momentum right now, while Ole Miss looked flat against Vanderbilt last week. The Florida secondary will shutdown the Rebels passing attack and force them to run the ball, which could lead to offensive struggles for Ole Miss. I like the Gators to win a close one late.
14 Arkansas at Tennessee 27
The Vols blew a two touchdown lead against Florida last week and it was the second time this season that Tennessee blew a big lead. Now they welcome a struggling Arkansas team to town. I think Tennessee finally holds on to a lead and hands the Razorbacks their fourth loss of the season.
10 Eastern Michigan at #9 LSU 45
Leonard Fournette will play a half at the most.
16 Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee 13
The Vanderbilt defense is pretty good and they proved that last week when they held Ole Miss to 27 points. The Commodores offense is very bad though and has a difficult time putting points on the board. I still like Vanderbilt in this one, but it could go either way.
27 #21 Mississippi State at #14 Texas A&M 31
Texas A&M has surprised a lot of people with a 4-0 start, but it looks like Arizona State and Arkansas were both overrated teams. Now they get to face one of the better defenses in the conference, but fortunately for them the game is at Kyle Field. This game is the hardest one to predict this week since you don’t really know what to expect from either team. If we see the Aggies team we saw last week the Bulldogs will win this game with ease. If we see the Mississippi State team we saw against Southern Miss than Texas A&M should win. I’m going to go with the home team in a close one.
6 Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky 38
Kentucky will improve to 3-1 and get ready for their showdown with Auburn next week.