This week in the SEC…all 14 teams have conference games. Here are my top games in the SEC this week.
Mississippi State at Alabama-Noon, ESPN
Mississippi State is coming off a solid win over Texas A&M. We saw Bulldogs QB Nick Fitzgerald run for 182 yards and scored 4 TDs in Mississippi State win over Texas A&M. It was good win for the Bulldogs; which gave then ranked No. 4 Texas A&M a loss and crushed the playoff hopes for the Aggies. Up next for the Bulldogs is the Crimson Tide. Alabama is coming off a win from defensive battle with LSU. Unless, the Crimson Tide has a “letdown game” after the win over LSU; Alabama will take care of Mississippi State. The Bulldogs just do not have enough to stop the Crimson Tide from rolling.
South Carolina at Florida-Noon, CBS
South Carolina has won three games in row behind true freshman QB Jake Bentley including an upset win over Tennessee. This will be the first road test for the Gamecocks QB. Florida is coming off a loss from Arkansas, which did not help its quest for the SEC title. The Gators will be without starting QB Luke Del Rio and will be going with Austin Appleby for the game. Florida still has a good defense, but the offense is struggling right now. South Carolina’ offense is heating up right now behind the play of their QB Bentley. Do the Gamecocks have enough to keep up with the Gators’ defense? South Carolina will keep this game close.
Kentucky at Tennessee- Noon, SEC Network
Both Kentucky and Tennessee are still in the hunt for the SEC East. Tennessee did receive a “wake up” call From South Carolina. So, the Vols will not overlook Kentucky, since the Wildcats are ahead of them in the division. Kentucky also has a chance to win in the SEC East, but it need some help from Florida. A win against Tennessee would help UK quest to win the East. Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs and RBs Alvin Kamara and John Kelly should be a productive combination for the Vols. UK must run the ball well to win and put pressure on Tennessee’s run defense to stop the run. UK has a duo of running backs Stanley” Boom” Williams and Benny Snell, who will be up to carrying out that task against Tennessee.
Auburn at Georgia-3:30pm, CBS
It’s the “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry”. It began in 1892. It is Georgia vs Auburn. Auburn has two key offensive players who dealing with injuries in QB Sean White and RB Kamryn Pettway. White is expected to start, but Pettway’s status is still up in the air. However, if Pettaway is not able to go, Kerryon Johnson and Stanton Truitt will be able to carry the load. Georgia ran the ball well last week against Kentucky, but will the Bulldogs be able to against Auburn’s defense? Auburn has not let any opponent rushed for more than 120 yards. So, Georgia will not be able to rely only on QB Jacob Eason to win the game for the Bulldogs. The Tigers have won the last six games in the series and are looking to challenge Alabama for an SEC West title.
LSU at Arkansas-7:00pm, ESPN
LSU took a tough loss in a defensive battle against Alabama last week. However, if we know one thing that Coach O. will be fired up to play this week against Arkansas. The Tigers will need that same energy because in the past two seasons after losing to the Crimson Tide; LSU has come out flat against Arkansas. If LSU shows up ready to play, the Tigers will be fine. LSU’s running game of Fournette and Guice could give Arkansas a bit of trouble, if they have a big game running the ball. Now, Arkansas needs to run the ball effectively to win against LSU. The Hogs will not be able to win; if QB Austin Allen has drop back and pass the ball only. LSU has defensive players like Arden Key and Lewis Neal waiting to pick off some passes from Allen.
Ole Miss at Texas A&M-7:30pm, SEC Network
Both teams are without their starting quarterbacks. Ole Miss lost Chad Kelly for the season with a knee injury and Trevor Knight is out with a shoulder injury for Texas A&M. Kelly was a bigger part of this team’s offense. The Rebels finished the game against Georgia Southern last week with freshman Jason Pellerin. However, this week Coach Hugh Freeze also pull the redshirt of Shea Patterson as well. So, it appears that Shea Patterson will start for the Ole Miss against Texas A&M. The Aggies’ defense looked vulnerable last week against Mississippi State rushing attack last week without a full-strength Myles Garrett on the defensive line. Will Ole Miss be able to take advantage of the Aggies’ defense this week? On the other hand, the Rebels have not been able to stop the run most of the season. So, Texas A&M should still be able to run the ball with their RB Trayveon Williams against Ole Miss.