This is the first time I have ever made predictions on games, so I may not do very well, but I figured I would give it a shot. Plus, I may see things differently than others, and that might just give someone out there something interesting to read…
So here’s what I’m gonna do. I’ll go through each game an SEC team is in this week, give the favorite and spread, followed by my prediction and some commentary (that may or may not be meaningful). The last matchup will be what I think may be the pivotal matchup of the week. So, without further nonsense, here’s what I see happening this week!
Florida at Kentucky
Spread: 19 1/2
I may be on a rock all alone out here, but I’m not that big of a Muschamp fan, even though he did coach at Auburn at one point in his career. When it was announced that he would be Florida’s new head coach, I expected that they would not be as good as they were last year. This week, that wouldn’t matter, because they’re playing Kentucky, and Kentucky, in my opinion, is almost the worst team in the SEC this year. Florida will win big, as they should.
Prediction: Florida 56 – 6
Georgia at Ole Miss
Spread: 9 1/2
Georgia started off this season right where they left off last season, playing like a high school team. However, against South Carolina they turned it up a notch and should have won. This week they face a team that I place at the bottom of the SEC ladder and just like their game against Coastal Carolina last week, this should be a walk in the park. Look for Ole Miss fans to be headed out around half time.
Prediction: Georgia 35 – 0
Arkansas at Alabama
Spread: 11 1/2
Arkansas has shown a lot of promise so far this year… if they are in the Sun Belt. Unfortunately for them, they are in the SEC, and this week they have to play a powerful team in Alabama. Even though I still don’t see Alabama’s offense being as great as all their fans would like, their defense will continue to hold the other team to less points than the offense can score. I would love for this to be a close game, but it won’t.
Prediction: Alabama 42 – 17
Florida Atlantic at Auburn
Ok, so this week it’s Auburn’s turn to play a cupcake team. This means they should win big, but after the first three games, it could cause some people to doubt. Will Auburn make the changes they need to win big? Yes.
Prediction: Auburn 61 – 3
LSU at West Virginia
Both teams are undefeated so far. West Virgina has shown a good passing game, but LSU has a good defense. On the other hand, West Virginia’s defense isn’t the best, and neither is LSU’s offense. This matchup may actually appear to be a close one, and with the game being outside Death Valley, LSU could be in for a wake up call. Good thing for them they lave their lucky charm, Les Miles. Assuming West Virginia’s grass hasn’t been poisoned, LSU will pull this win out of a shiny silk top hat in the last minute.
Prediction: LSU 24 – 23
La. Tech at Mississippi State
Favorite: Mississippi State
All I know is Luisiana Tech is never great, and Mississippi State isn’t that bad.
Prediction: Mississippi State 42 – 14
Vanderbilt at South Carolina
Favorite: South Carolina
What? Why did I pick this as the pivotal matchup? I’m glad you asked, and I’ll tell you why. First, Vanderbilt is undefeated. They won their first game convincingly, just as they should have, they beat the defending Big East Champion, and they opened up a can on Ole Miss. I may be the only one, but so far I’m impressed with what Vanderbilt’s new coach has done with this team that is usually at the bottom of the SEC. Second, South Carolina is far from perfect. They have almost lost their last two games against Georgia and Navy, and this week they face a team that most everyone always looks down upon. If South Carolina wants to win this game, they better keep their eyes on the team on the field. I really want the Game-Chickens to lose, and Vanderbilt will be coming to win this game, but I have a feeling someone has already given South Carolina the East this year.
Prediction: South Carolina 16 – 14
And that’s it for this week. Leave me a comment below and let me know which predictions you think I may be wrong about!