Last week was a great day for Tennessee fans. The Vols scored an impressive 45-20 win over South Carolina, while Alabama was upset at Texas A&M. AS for my picks, I was 7-1 and the only one I missed was the Aggies win over the Tide. If you remember, I had picked A&M to beat 'Bama in the pre-season but changed my mind after the Aggies struggled early on. For the year I'm now 51-11 for the year, that's 82 percent.
Alabama at Mississippi State
Nick Saban will be taking out his wrath on the Bulldogs this weekend after that thrilling 41-38 loss at Texas A&M last Saturday.
Mississippi State has been up and down all year but it doesn't matter how well they play this week. They're going to lose. Alabama is not going to lose back to back SEC games. The Tide does have some adjustments to make on special teams and on defense. A&M had one of the most ineffective offensive units in the league through the first few games of the year, but they hung 41 points on the Crimson Tide. I'm sure Coach Saban worked a lot on that this week in practice.
Alabama 52 Mississippi State 20
Auburn at Arkansas
Both teams are coming off losses last week. Auburn was beaten by top-ranked Georgia 34-10 while the Hogs were dropping their second straight SEC game 52-51 to Ole Miss. I don't see Arkansas dropping three in a row, especially since this game is at home. A couple of weeks ago Coach Sam Pittman had established himself as the front runner for SEC Coach of the Year. That could still happen, but three straight league losses won't help him any. Auburn has been really inconsistent in terms of scoring points and, while they should score more points this weekend, it won't be enough to come out of Fayetteville with a win.
Arkansas 31 Auburn 24
Florida at LSU
The Bayou Bengals are in real trouble and so is head coach Ed Orgeron. His seat was really warm when the season started and now that LSU is 3-3 and 1-2 in the SEC, it's blistering his behind. LSU may be ready to pack it in for the 2021 season, and, while the Gators are sitting with a pair of league losses, I believe Coach Dan Mullen will have his team ready to play. There is no chance now that Florida will challenge for the SEC East title but they have a chance to go to a good bowl game in the post season. This one could still be close but the Gators will prevail.
Florida 27 LSU 13
Kentucky at Georgia
The unbeaten Wildcats have started the 2021 season 6-0 and they're 4-0 in the SEC. They have a good football team but the 'Cats are over their heads this week. Georgia is good.....really good. The top-ranked Bulldogs have not had a close game since their season opening 10-3 win over Clemson. They've also not lost a step since starting quarterback J.T Daniel was injured and replaced by Stetson Bennett lll. This game should be close in the beginning but the Dawgs should pull away by the end of the first half.
Georgia 38 Kentucky 14
Texas A&M at Missouri
A lot of folks are expecting the Aggies to suffer from Alabama hangover after their big win last week. That could be true but will that be enough to lose to a lackluster Missouri football team? The Tigers are hoping to improve in the second half of the year, but their defense has been simply awful. Mizzou won last week at home against North Texas State 48-34 but Texas A&M will present a much bigger challenge. The only way Missouri wins this week is if that Alabama hangover really affects the Aggies and the Tigers play well over their heads. That's not going to happen.
Texas A&M 41 Missouri 20
Vanderbilt at South Carolina
This game is a match up of teams who are still winless in SEC play but that is going to end on Saturday no matter who gets the victory. Vandy is coming off a 42-0 loss at Florida last week, while South Carolina was clobbered 45-20 by Tennessee. Each team has first year head coaches who are coaching bad teams. However, I believe Shane Beamer's Gamecock squad is better than Clark Lea's Commodore team.
South Carolina 27 Vanderbilt 17
Ole Miss at Tennessee
The game on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium will be sold out for the first time in a long time. Why you ask? Because the Vols back to back league wins over Missouri and South Carolina by a combined score of 107-44 has excited the Vols' fan base. Plus, add the fact that this week's opponent is coached by former Vol head coach Lane Kiffin and the crowd will be whipped into a frenzy by kickoff time. Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel is asking for a hostile environment on Saturday night and he should get it. Kiffin's Johnny Rebs can also score a lot of points as will the Volunteers, so here's hoping the scoreboards at Neyland Stadium can keep up with the firepower. As Coach Kiffin said before his team lost at Alabama a few weeks ago, "Get the popcorn!"
Tennessee 50 Ole Miss 42