This week SEC play kicks into gear with important divisional matchups on Saturday.
Texas A&M will travel to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama in a game that features two national championship coaches In Jimbo Fisher and Nick Saban. The former Saban assistant will attend to pull off the upset against his former head coach. Florida and Tennessee rivalry takes the stage on Saturday night at Tennessee. Which first-year head coach Dan Mullen or Jeremy Pruitt will come out on top?
Here are my best SEC games of Week 4:
Georgia vs Missouri: This week we find out is Missouri really that good. The Tigers are 3-0, but they have not really been tested. It will change this week against Georgia. Missouri QB Drew Lock leads the SEC in TD’s, completions, attempts, and passing years. The Tigers offense has enough to score points against any opponent even one as elite as Georgia. Here is the problem Missouri passing defense is the second-worst in the conference giving up (305 yards) on average. The Tigers gave up 572 passing yards to Purdue. Georgia’s defense will limit Missouri in the red-zone and control the line of scrimmage.
Texas A&M vs Alabama: Two weeks ago, Texas A&M proved it could play with one of the elite teams of college football. The Aggies lost to Clemson by only two points. Now, this week challenge is a lot bigger. The Aggies go to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama. Alabama has won its last 3 games by average score of 57 points and outgaining their opponents by 3.3 yards per play. The Crimson Tide defense is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete just 43 percent of their passes. The Aggies will put up a fight to stay in the game and attend to stop this from becoming a blowout. Alabama will eventually take over.
Florida vs Tennessee: This rivalry is not relevant nationally this year. However, it’s still an important game for both programs. Both first-year head coaches Dan Mullen and Jeremy Pruitt need this win. I think that Florida needs this win a bit more than Tennessee right now. Dan Mullen and the Gators lost to Kentucky for the first time in 31 years and a loss to the Vols would mean a big problem for Florida. Feleipe Franks is completing just 52.3 percent of his passes, and going up against a Volunteers defense that is allowing opposing quarterbacks to complete just 53.5 percent. On the flip side, Vols quarterback Jarrett Guarantano is completing 72.2 percent of his passes and averaging 9.1 yards per attempt. Both defenses will do enough since neither offense has been very explosive so far. This game could go either way. Right now, I think Tennessee has the better QB and playing at home.
Mississippi State vs Kentucky: This is the low-key SEC game of the week. Both teams are 3-0 and Kentucky is coming off a very confident win over Florida and riding high. Kentucky is a better football team than some are giving them credit for. The Wildcats have one of the SEC best running back and dual-threat QB in Terry Wilson. Kentucky physical dominated Florida at the line of scrimmage last week.
However, Mississippi State brings a different challenge to Lexington. The Bulldogs defensive front has held teams to 85 rushing yards per game. They are third nationally in tackles for loss. Also, State has QB Nick Fitzgerald, who threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 107 yards and four scores last week against Louisiana. Then, add running backs Kylin Hill and Aeris Williams into the mixture for a very powerful run game.
Wilson and Snell are “good as advertised.” The thing is QB Terry Wilson has thrown for three interceptions already this season. Wilson must minimize turning the ball over in this game. Mississippi State defense will capitalize on any Kentucky mistake. The Wildcats will battle to keep this one close.
Prediction: Mississippi State
The rest of SEC Slate for Week 4:
Kent State at Ole Miss- 12:00 pm, SEC Network
South Carolina at Vanderbilt- 4:00 pm, SEC Network
Louisiana Tech at LSU- 7:00 pm, EPNU
Arkansas at Auburn- 7:30 pm, SEC Network