Week 7 SEC Previews and Predictions
LSU Hosts Florida in SEC Game of the Week
This week’s slate of SEC games is rather top heavy with two matchups involving ranked opponents as No. 10 LSU and No. 17 Florida is easily the game of the week in the conference and for the majority of the nation at 2:30 p.m. CT from Tiger Stadium. It is the best game of the week but was also one of the easiest picks to make.
The undercard is No. 25 Missouri putting their undefeated record on the line against an injury-depleted No. 6 Georgia team. The Bulldogs are down a number of skill position players, but they still have Aaron Murray at quarterback. Will that be enough against the upset-minded and Tigers who have a top-10 offense?
I took it on the chin last week and went 5-2 with my picks as I incorrectly picked Ole Miss to defeat Auburn and lost my upset pick of the week with Arkansas losing to Florida. I went with my gut instead of my head and suffered the consequences with the upset pick.
After last week’s record my cumulative record after six weeks of the 2013 college football season is still a pretty healthy 50-7. Here is this week’s batch of winners for the two aforementioned games and the other five matchups featuring SEC opponents this weekend, and I feel pretty good about running the table this weekend.
No. 25 Missouri at No. 6 Georgia
Missouri is off to an undefeated start but have yet to face an opponent half as challenging as what they'll see in Georgia this weekend. A win over a depleted Bulldogs team would lend credence to the legitimacy of this Tiger team, but even LSU has difficulty winning in Athens. Georgia wins 34-26.
No. 14 South Carolina at Arkansas
Arkansas is the midst of a three-game losing streak after starting off with three wins and face another ranked opponent for the third week in a row. South Carolina did not play its best last week in a seven-point win over Kentucky, but I expect to see Jadeveon Clowney back on the field and Connor Shaw should be much healthier after coming back from a shoulder injury earlier than anticipated. South Carolina wins 24-20.
Western Carolina at Auburn
Auburn is riding high after a big win over Ole Miss last weekend and get an FCS opponent this week in Western Carolina in a favorable October schedule. Auburn wins easily with or without quarterback Nick Marshall who is questionable with an injury.
Auburn wins 35-7
No. 17 Florida at No. 10 LSU
The game of the week in the SEC is a classic strength on strength matchup, but it's a bit of a role reversal as LSU brings the strong offense and Florida brings the elite defense. I think this game will be decided by LSU's defense slowing down Gators quarterback Tyler Murphy who has played well in the past three weeks but has not faced a team like LSU or played in an environment like Tiger Stadium. LSU wins 34-17.
No. 1 Alabama at Kentucky
The schedule gets so much tougher for Alabama who barely broke a sweat in their win last week vs. Georgia State and now face the worst team in the SEC in Kentucky. Alabama cruises to another easy win 38-13.
Bowling Green at Mississippi State
Mississippi State looked really good against LSUlast Saturday, but unfortunately the train fell off the tracks in the fourth quarter when they gave up 28 points to lose by 33. Nevertheless, they get a team they should beat in Bowling Green, but the Falcons come in with a 5-1 record. Could an upset be on the horizon? No, I'm not buying it. State wins 37-17
No. 9 Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Texas A&M needed last-minute heroics to down the Rebels last year in College Station as the Aggies got a 20-yard touchdown reception from Ryan Swope with 1:46 remaining in the fourth quarter to win by three. Ole Miss forced six turnovers that game and held Johnny Manziel to 191 yards, but they could not stop the run as Manziel and Ben Malena combined for 271 yards and two touchdowns. This is the first home game for Ole Miss in more than a month, so home cooking should bode well for the Rebs, right? The Rebels can score with the Aggies, but they run out of gas in the fourth quarter again. Texas A&M wins 37-28.