Next week is the real rivalry week, so most SEC teams are taking this week off. No, not with actual byes, but with teams you probably haven’t heard of. Fans that watch football on tv and act like these teams owe the something don’t like it, but it’s good every once in a while, especially after last week and what’s coming next week.
This Week: 6-2 (75.0%)
Last Week: 5-3 (62.5%)
Overall: 90-35 (72.0%)
Eastern Kentucky at Florida – The “we’re just letting our old coach stand on the sideline” portion of the Florida season begins this week. I’m sorry, Eastern Kentucky. You’re going to get all of the Boom.
Florida 49, Eastern Kentucky 0
Florida 52, Eastern Kentucky 3 – SUCCESS!
Charleston Southern at Georgia – The Buccaneers are 8-3 and lost to Vanderbilt by one point earlier this season. That’s not saying much. Besides Georgia is ready to dance and wave their towels on the sideline again. Nobody can stop them when they’re doing that.
Georgia 56, Charleston Southern 17
Georgia 55, Charleston Southern 9 – SUCCESS!
South Alabama at South Carolina – I just realized that South Carolina is 5-5. Wow. Weren’t they top 5 in the preseason? That’s like the time Alabama started the season #3, lost the opener to UCLA, and then won 3 games. South Alabama is 6-4 but hasn’t beaten any teams you care about. South Carolina will win big.
South Carolina 42, South Alabama 13
South Carolina 37, South Alabama 12 – SUCCESS!
Ole Miss at Arkansas – I picked Arkansas to beat LSU, and a few weeks ago I was writing this one off as an Ole Miss win. I don’t know about it now. Sure, Arkansas has won one SEC game in two years, but that one win can really jump start a team. And it’s at home. Ole Miss still actually has a chance to win the West, but a loss to Arkansas will kill it. I think they’ll pull it out just because of that.
Ole Miss 34, Arkansas 20
Arkansas 30, Ole Miss 0 – FAILURE
Western Carolina at Alabama – The Alabama basketball team just beat West Carolina in a blowout (6 points). The Alabama football team will actually blow out the Catamounts as they prepare for the Super Bowl.
Alabama 45, Western Carolina 7
Alabama 48, Western Carolina 14 – SUCCESS!
Missouri at Tennessee – Missouri must win their remaining two games to win the SEC East. If they do not, Georgia goes to Atlanta. For that reason alone, even though Missouri winning the East two years in a row would be the biggest slap in the face to the East, let’s go Tigers.
Missouri 31, Tennessee 17
Missouri 29, Tennessee 21 – SUCCESS!
Vanderbilt at Mississippi State – If the Bulldogs were playing any team in the SEC besides Vanderbilt, I would pick an “upset.” Their hopes and dreams were killed in Tuscaloosa last week, and any time a team that isn’t used to success has their dreams dashed, they usually don’t ever recover. But… Vanderbilt is terrible.
Mississippi State 34, Vanderbilt 3
Mississippi State 51, Vanderbilt 0 – SUCCESS!
Samford at Auburn – Check back tomorrow for my game preview, but SPOILER ALERT: rest, relaxation, and getting things right.
Other Game of Note
Louisville at Notre Dame – Some people that get paid to write about college football have predicted that Auburn may play Notre Dame in their bowl game. Auburn plays Louisville in the first game next season. So my brain thinks of stuff like this being a game against Auburn’s last opponent this year and first opponent next year. Whatever, Notre Dame is better. Oh, and both of these teams should’ve beaten Florida State. There’s you another connection.
Notre Dame 31, Louisville 28
Louisville 31, Notre Dame 28 – FAILURE
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