Week 11 SEC Previews and Predictions
Week 11 SEC Predictions and Previews
Last week featured only one marquee game on the SEC schedule, and even that was a bit diminished with the records of Georgia and Florida entering the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party. That said, the game was fitting for a rivalry.
I’ve had zero luck picking Georgia this season as I was 2-5 entering last week’s game, but I picked the ‘Dawgs, who had Todd Gurley back for the first time in a month, and he helped make a difference. By comparison, I have gone a combined 62-8 picking games that didn’t involve Georgia, so picking that game correctly on Saturday propelled me to a perfect 6-0 week to bring my season record to 70-13.
Lucky for me, Georgia has the easiest game to pick this week, so if I am wrong on this one, something seriously bad happened in Athens. Much like last week where there was only one marquee game on the docket, this week features one as well. This game is one of the biggest of the year with LSU traveling to Alabama, where they have won two in a row and six of eight.
South Carolina is the only idle team this week after four had the week off in Week 10, so there are seven games to preview and predict. Without further ado, here are this week’s winners.
Vanderbilt at Florida
It has been a difficult season for Florida, who has lost a myriad of players to injuries and tasted defeat four times on the field to add the insult to it. Will Muschamp and Florida face a must-win vs. Vanderbilt to keep their bowl hopes alive. Florida has not lost to Vandy since 1988 and won't on Saturday. Gators win 27-13.
No. 9 Auburn at Tennessee
Another week, another top-11 opponent for Tennessee, who faces its fifth straight opponent ranked inside the top 11 and seventh ranked opponent of the season. Tennessee is 1-5 in those games and that trend will continue against the potent rushing attack of the Tigers, led by the underrated Tre Mason. Auburn wins 35-16.
No. 8 Missouri at Kentucky
Missouri is still waiting to find out if James Franklin will start at quarterback after missing the past few games with a shoulder injury. According to the Associated Press, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel thinks he'll be "close." Missouri would win with me at quarterback. Tigers win 44-17.
Arkansas at Ole Miss
Arkansas has the No. 118-ranked passing offense, No. 109-ranked scoring offense and the No. 91-ranked scoring defense. They haven't won since Sept. 14, which does not bode well for the Hogs at Ole Miss. The Rebels are 3-0 at home and are outscoring opponents at Vaught Hemingway stadium by a combined score of 117-50. Ole Miss wins 31-20.
Mississippi State at No. 15 Texas A&M
Mississippi State has yet to win a game away from Davis Wade Stadium this season, and that trend will continue this week as the Bulldogs travel to College Station to take on Johnny Manziel and the Aggies. Texas A&M wins 49-21.
Appalachian State at Georgia
Remember that time Appalachian State went into the Big House and knocked off Michigan in one of the biggest upsets the sport has seen? Well, that's not going to happen this year. The Mountaineers are 2-7 and neither of their wins are against teams with a winning record. Georgia wins 52-10.
No. 13 LSU at No. 1 Alabama
Well, it's not quite the "Game of the Century" as it was in 2011, but it's clearly the Game of the Week in the SEC and should be a closer game than the 13-point spread would indicate. Zach Mettenberger had success last year against a stout Alabama defense and if there's an area of weakness, albeit a small one, its via the pass. LSU will need to play close to perfect on defense, especially on the edges and for 60 minutes for the first time all season to have a chance. LSU has won six of the last eight in Tuscaloosa and Les Miles is 3-4 vs. Nick Saban, so the Tigers will be confident that they can leave with a win. Alabama gets a scare but wins late just like last year by a score of 31-27.