Randy Smith: SEC Picks Week Five

  • Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • Randy Smith
Randy Smith
Randy Smith
I'm either smarter than I thought, or more likely I'm a lot luckier than I perceived. I was 10-0 with my SEC Picks last week....the second straight perfect week of the season. Altogether, I'm  46-3 through four weeks....that's 94 percent accuracy. This weekend Tennessee is off as well as Vanderbilt.

Arkansas at Alabama
This one has upset written all over it. Arkansas should have scored a win in last week's game with Texas A&M, but the Hogs missed a field goal that would have been a game winner at the final gun.

It was their first loss of the season and believe it or not, Arkansas is a good football team. Normally you would think they wouldn't lose two in a row but then again that second game in a row is Alabama. The Tide is favored....but the game is in Fayetteville. Arkansas is good but are they good enough to beat 'Bama? I believe they are. Upset special number one for this season. And boy am I going way way out on that limb.
Arkansas 27 Alabama 23

LSU at Auburn
While Tennessee takes the week off, their next opponent, LSU plays at Auburn this week. The Bengals have won three in a row after an opening loss to Florida State and they may be living up to pre-season hype surrounding the Brian Kelly era in Baton Rouge. Auburn is still struggling to find an offensive identity as coach Brian Harsin continues to be under a lot of scrutiny. LSU is favored to win and should be unbeaten in the SEC as they host Tennessee next week. that one should be a monster game. This week....not so much.
LSU 33 Auburn 17

Georgia at Missouri
The Bulldogs really need to play a tougher opponent this week and they will, though Missouri is not a whole lot better than Kent State was last week. Georgia scored a 17 point win and never really put Kent away. Maybe the 'Dawgs are bored. Three straight cupcakes will do that to you. While Mizzou is certainly not a cupcake, the Tigers are not very good either. The Bulldogs are heavily favored and it will take a herculean effort for Missouri to stay in this one till the end. Georgia gets it done in a big way.
Georgia 44 Missouri 6

Kentucky at Ole Miss
While Alabama and Arkansas is the SEC headliner this week, this game easily is an equal. Two teams ranked in the top 15 meeting with both being unbeaten. Kentucky is a good SEC football team and while Ole Miss is still trying to find an identity , the Johnny Rebs are pretty good too. The game being played in Oxford is a big advantage for Ole Miss however either team can get the win. Kentucky has already proven the Wildcats can win a big one on the road as they claimed a victory at Florida in week two. This is going to be a great game.
Ole Miss 30 Kentucky 28

Eastern Washington at Florida
The Gators suddenly found an offense last week as quarterback Anthony Richardson put up some Heisman type numbers. The bad news is....their defense found quite a few holes in it. Of course the Tennessee offense can expose quite a few weaknesses. Florida is 2-2 on the year and 0-2 in the league and they need a win this week, which they should get pretty easily. Eastern Washington gave up 618 yards in offense last week, while the Gators have the 26th best rushing attack in the nation. With that said....it could be a long day in the Swamp. for EWU.
Florida 40 Eastern Washington 21

South Carolina State at South Carolina
The Gamecocks struggled for a while with Charlotte last week before they pulled away for the win. South Carolina is just not very good at this stage of the season, but they have time to get a lot better. Transfer quarterback Spencer Rattler has still not found his groove with USC yet but he is a talented college quarterback and when he works through his struggles that will become evident. This week will be a great time.
South Carolina 38 South Carolina State 14.

Texas A&M at Mississippi State
The Aggies were very lucky to come away with a win over Arkansas last week. The offense has struggled all season long and I see no immediate fix to the problem. A&M is a very good defensive squad but facing the "Pirate" Mike Leach is different. You never know which team will show up. If the Bulldogs can find some consistency they can get a big league win this weekend. If not....Texas A&M gets the win. The Aggies are also without leading receiver Ainias Smith is out for the year with an injury and that doesn't help Jimbo Fisher a bit. Should be a great game.     
Mississippi State 30 Texas A&M 20  
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