Week 9 SEC Previews and Predictions
South Carolina at Missouri: SEC Week 9 Game of the Week
Last week's SEC action was one to remember if you are an Auburn, Ole Miss Tennessee or Vanderbilt fan, as these programs pulled off program-defining wins with their young head coaches. Conversely, if you are a Georgia, LSU, South Carolina or Texas A&M fan, it was a weekend you’d like to forget after being upset.
I made the wrong picks on each of those four games as I went 2-4 for the week — by far the worst week of the season — and fell to 58-12 for the season.
The two correct calls I made were Missouri knocking off an injury-depleted Florida team behind Maty Mauk, who made his first career start. The Tigers were the home dog according to the handicappers, so they technically pulled off an upset even if their rankings didn’t reflect that.
The other correct call of the week could have been made by a person who has never watched a football game, as I had Alabama knocking off Arkansas.
Mississippi State and Kentucky were both idle last week, but these two teams will be fighting for respect in the SEC this season to get things started in Week 9 on Thursday night in Starkville, Miss.
This week’s slate of games pales in comparison to the schedule we had last week as there is only one game featuring ranked teams and a few games with cupcakes on their schedules.
Therefore, I like my chances of getting some momentum after last weekend’s derailment, and pulling off a perfect 7-0 record to boost my season’s winning percentage.
Kentucky at Mississippi State
This is a must-win game for Both teams this Thursday night on ESPN. Mark Stoops needs an SEC win to give his Kentucky team some momentum in the second half of the season and give the fans some hope that he'll turn this program around. Dan Mullen needs this one for Mississippi State to keep hopes of a fourth-straight bowl bid alive. With the home-field advantage and the play of Dak Prescott, Mississippi State wins 27-13.
Vanderbilt at No. 16 Texas A&M
Vanderbilt picked up a win over Georgia last weekend, but run into an offense they won't be able to keep up with and with Patton Robinette making his first career start, it's even tougher. Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel could make this ugly. A&M wins 49-24.
Tennessee at No. 1 Alabama
Tennessee is sky-high after defeating South Carolina a week ago, but those good vibes are going to come to a halt for four quarters at Alabama. The Crimson Tide is simply too talented and too deep for Tennessee to pull off another upset against. I do think this will be relatively close for a half, but Alabama will pull away in the second half. Alabama wins 31-16.
Furman at No. 13 LSU
LSU will have no trouble getting back in the win column after losing to Ole Miss a week earlier. Furman is an FCS opponent and knows they're gonna get steamrolled by an angry team on their homecoming. LSU wins 59-6.
No. 21 South Carolina at No. 5 Missouri
After losing to Tennessee last week, this is a must-win game for South Carolina to remain in race for the eastern division title. If they lose, it's a wrap and you can start booking your tickets to Atlanta if you're Missouri. If the Gamecocks are going to get past Missouri, it's going to have to be with backup quarterback Dylan Thompson, who is starting for the injured Connor Shaw. Mike Davis should get at least 25 touches in this one, but that won't be enough. Missouri wins 34-27.
Idaho at Ole Miss
After a brutal seven-game stretch to start the season that saw six challenging opponents on the Ole Miss schedule, the Rebels get a cupcake in 1-6 Idaho. The Vandals own the No. 117-ranked scoring offense and the No. 124-ranked scoring defense, so Hugh Freeze and Ole Miss should have quite the cake walk on Saturday evening. Ole Miss wins 44-13.
Florida Atlantic at No. 11 Auburn
Auburn is playing with a lot of confidence after their win at Texas A&M saw the Tigers rise to No. 11 in the AP poll. Florida Atlantic will be a glorified scrimmage for Auburn, and we should see some more of Jeremy Johnson at quarterback, who played so well vs. Western Carolina a couple weeks ago in relief of an injured Nick Marshall. Auburn wins 48-17.