We continue to slowly but surely bounce back, going 4-2 for the second consecutive week.
I picked Texas A&M to beat South Carolina at home. The Aggies won (24-17) but they didn’t cover the nine.
I picked Florida to beat Vanderbilt but I didn’t believe the Gators could cover the 10 points. Wrong. The Gators won 38-24 and are getting a little bit better each week.
So now we are 14-16 after the first five weeks. Let’s hope to get over .500 after week six. [membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]
GEORGIA AT VANDERBILT (Plus 17 ½): Georgia has been very impressive in its last two wins over Mississippi State (31-3) and Tennessee (41-0). Nobody has been able to run against the Bulldog defense (90.4 ypg) and the offense is starting to click behind freshman quarterback Jake Fromm and a three-headed running attack led by Nick Chubb.
The winner: Georgia.
The score: Georgia 35, Vanderbilt 10.
OLE MISS (Plus 22) AT AUBURN: Only one defense in America has held every opponent to 14 points or less—and that is Auburn. And when you combine that defense with an offense that is getting better every game, then you have something special. Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham has completed 82.8 percent of his passes in the past three games.
The winner: Auburn
The score: Auburn 42, Ole Miss 14
LSU (plus 3) AT FLORIDA: LSU is reeling after a 37-7 loss to Mississippi State and an inexplicable 24-21 loss to Troy at home. Coach Ed Orgeron needs to turn this thing around and do it right now. After the loss of quarterback Luke Del Rio (shoulder), the Gators now must rely on redshirt freshman Feleipe Franks. Florida has found a way to win every week since the opening loss to Michigan. Florida is really banged up, but LSU looks like a really disjointed team night now.
The winner: Florida
The score: Florida 24, LSU 17.
ARKANSAS (plus 1 ½) AT SOUTH CAROLINA: Two teams that really need a win in order to have any hope of going to a bowl. South Carolina is really struggling on offense since losing wide receiver Deebo Samuel, the Gamecocks’ most explosive player. After building a 17-7 lead at Texas A&M, South Carolina had minus-2 yards rushing in its last five possession. South Carolina gets the slight edge at home.
The winner: South Carolina
The score: South Carolina 24, Arkansas 21.
ALABAMA AT TEXAS A&M (plus 26 1/2): Alabama is simply a relentless machine right now, outscoring its first two SEC opponents—Vanderbilt and Ole Miss—by a combined score of 125-3. Texas A&M has gotten a little bit better each week since losing to UCLA 45-44 on Sept. 3. But here’s the thing: Texas A&M has a nasty habit of stumbling through the rest of the season after playing Alabama.
And keep this in mind: It’s important for Alabama to keep winning big because the Crimson Tide wants to be the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoffs.
The winner: Alabama
The score: Alabama 45, Texas A&M 14
MISSOURI (Plus 10) AT KENTUCKY: Kentucky was still hung over from its heartbreaking loss to Florida when the Wildcats muddled through a 24-20 win over Eastern Michigan. Well, it’s time for Kentucky to get over it and get its running game going. Benny Snell, a 1,000 yard rusher a year ago, was held to just 59 yards by Florida and just 75 yards by Eastern Michigan. But here’s the deal: Missouri, which had last week off, is just not very good. And Kentucky knows that.
The winner: Kentucky
The score: Kentucky 38, Missouri 17.