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SEC-Week 6: Hurricane Edition

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Welcome to SEC-Week 6: Hurricane Edition

A category 4-Hurricane Matthew, which is now a category 3, and still a serious hurricane is barreling down on the East Coast of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina this weekend. This has caused LSU-Florida to be postponed (TBD) and Georgia-South Carolina has been pushed back to Sunday at 2:30pm.

On that note, before I start…. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone being impacted by Hurricane Matthew in the states of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.  Please stay safe and strong!!

There are still some great SEC games this weekend.  Here are my top games in the SEC- Week 6.

LSU vs. Florida-TBD

Of course, not playing this game on Saturday in Gainesville is the right choice when a natural disaster is heading your way.   For those of us who love college football, we live and breathe it, however human life and overall safety for the entire state of Florida are more important right now.

Now, the debate begins when will this game be played.   Right now, the SEC has not come to decision yet.  Click here to read the full story on the LSU-Florida game 

Auburn vs. Mississippi State-Noon-ESPN

The Bulldogs are coming off a bye week after their win of UMASS and Auburn is heading to its first road game of the season.  Let’s not make a mistake here……there is not any love lost between Mississippi State and Auburn.  This game is a win needed by both programs.  The main caveat for both the Bulldogs and Tigers are their offensive struggles.  The Tigers’ defense has been holding down in games, but the offense had struggles in games this season.   The Bulldogs have been struggling on third downs; they are last in the SEC with 28 percent conversion on third downs.   Auburn can definitely exploit Mississippi State’s secondary because that is a very vulnerable part of the Bulldogs’ defense.  The Bulldogs will need playmaker WR Fred Ross to make big plays in this game.  Mississippi State has won the last two games against Auburn, but that was with Dak Prescott.  Let’s see how life A.D. (after Dak) goes for the Bulldogs against Auburn on Saturday.  This is going to be a close game.

Tennessee vs. Texas A&M-3:30 pm-CBS

This is the SEC game of the week.  Both the Vols and Aggies are undefeated; however, someone will have a lost after Saturday.  This is one of the most important games of the season.  Tennessee is 5-0 for the first time since 1998, when they won the national title.   I named the Vols, “Comeback Kids” of the season.  However, being a 2nd half team in this game will not bode well for Tennessee.  The Aggies’ defense is too strong for the Vols to get down by double digits and come back for the win.  Texas A&M has an improved rushing offense and the QB play of Trevor Knight, along with the rushing defense that is headlined by DE Myles Garrett.  So, the Vols’ offensive line will have its hands full giving QB Joshua Dobbs enough time against the Aggies’ pass rushers. Texas A&M is a very strong balanced team on offense and defense, so Tennessee will have a full 60 minutes of football to win this game.

Alabama vs. Arkansas-7:00 pm-ESPN

The SEC West Division big game of the week.  Arkansas has played Alabama pretty close the last two seasons. The Crimson Tide has won the last nine games in the series. Arkansas is coming off a lost from Texas A&M, which was able to shut down the Hogs’ rushing attack. Alabama certainly has the pass rushers to harass the Hogs and QB Austin Allen to make the offense one-dimensional again in this game. This Alabama defense has 17 sacks on the season and allowing only 68 yards rushing per game. Arkansas seem to struggle last week with the Aggies QB Trevor Knight being mobile.  Well, the Crimson Tide has its own mobile QB Jalen Hurts and Arkansas is going to try to make Hurts beat them with his passing game.  Arkansas does have QB Austin Allen and an efficient passing game and the Hogs are definitely ready to grind this out against the Crimson Tide on Saturday.

Georgia vs. South Carolina-2:30 pm-ESPN-Sunday

Georgia has taken some tough losses in the last two weeks.  The Bulldogs has lost in its past three visits to Columbia, but this South Carolina team has offensive struggles. The Gamecocks has not scored a lot of points in games this season. South Carolina has not figured out how to move the ball this season.  Georgia will rebound nicely this week.  RB Nick Chubb is expected to play and give a much needed spark to the Bulldogs rushing attack.  The Bulldogs QB Jacob Eason should have a pretty good day in the passing game.  South Carolina just does not have enough to win this game.

Vanderbilt vs. Ketntucky-4:00 pm-SEC Network

This is the game where the team that win on Saturday has a chance to make a bowl game.  Neither Vanderbilt or Kentucky is playing very well right now.  Vanderbilt has great defense, but struggles on offense consistent.  UK’s offense has some bright moments at time, but then struggles on defense. Vandy will be looking for its fifth win over UK in the past six seasons.

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