Finally, as the season draws to a close, we were able to put together back-to-back winning weeks.
We went 4-2 last week against the spread because Mississippi State won over Arkansas (28-21) but they didn’t cover the 12 ½, and because Florida stepped up and beat UAB 36-7.
That gives us a record of 34-38 with two weeks left in the regular season. Here are the picks. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.
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ALABAMA AT AUBURN (Plus 4 ½): I’ll simply say this. If the Auburn team I saw against Georgia two weeks ago shows up on Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium then I’m picking the Tigers all the way. But I think Alabama has an ever-so-slight edge because of quarterback Jalen Hurts and his ability to move against a great Auburn defense. That number is scary.
The winner: Alabama.
The score: Alabama 20, Auburn 14.
FLORIDA STATE AT FLORIDA (Plus 3 ½): This is going to be a strange game. Both teams are 4-6 and it’s hard to know what kind of crowd is going to show up at The Swamp on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Florida State could still get to a bowl if the Seminoles beat the Gators and beat Louisiana-Monroe next week. I just have a feeling the Gators are going to get up for this game after a difficult season.
The winner: Florida
The score: Florida 24, Florida State 20.
VANDERBILT (Plus 1) at TENNESSEE: For the first time in history two teams with SEC records of 0-7 are going to square off. Somebody has to win. Both teams want this season to finally be over. The Volunteers get a slight edge for playing at home. It will be an ugly game.
The winner: Tennessee.
The score: Tennessee 17, Vanderbilt 14.
LOUISVILLE AT KENTUCKY (Plus 9 ½): Kentucky (7-4) could post its eighth regular-season win for the first time since 1984. That would be a shot in the arm for a team that lost two heart breakers to Florida (28-27) and Ole Miss (37-34). Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, last season’s Heisman Trophy winner, is having another great season, leading the nation in total offense with 414.5 yards per game. Just a feeling, but Kentucky wins straight up.
The winner: Kentucky.
The score: Kentucky 35, Louisville 30.
CLEMSON AT SOUTH CAROLINA (Plus 15 ½): South Carolina (8-3) has had a pretty good second season under Will Muschamp. The Gamecocks lost their best player, wide receiver Deebo Samuel, early but still managed to find a way to win eight games. Clemson is ranked No. 2 and needs a win to set up next week’s ACC championship game with Miami. Clemson wins but they don’t cover the 15 ½.
The winner: South Carolina.
The score: Clemson 24, South Carolina 14.
GEORGIA AT GEORGIA TECH (Plus 13): Georgia (10-1) already has a spot in next week’s SEC Championship game but its hopes of making the College Football Playoffs would take a severe hit if the Bulldogs lose to Georgia Tech (5-5).
Georgia Tech has won two of its last three meetings against Georgia, including last year’s 28-27 stunner when the Yellow Jackets rallied from a 27-14 deficit in the closing minutes.
Here’s the thing: Georgia Tech gave up 319 yards rushing to Duke last week. Georgia really likes to run the ball.
The winner: Georgia.
The score: Georgia 31, Georgia Tech 14.