Week eight welcomes all conference games. No teams play non-conference opponents, and Kentucky and Mississippi State are the only two to have bye weeks.
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I still have a narrow lead over Kevin, and I’m 40-23 ATS and 56-7 overall, while Kevin is 36-27 ATS and 53-10 overall. My four-game lead can come to an abrupt halt at any time.
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Let’s roll to week eight…
#15 Georgia (-7.5) at Vanderbilt
Jon: Georgia is a program in disarray with all the injuries, but Vanderbilt isn’t as good as we anticipated entering the season. This will be another shootout, and the Commodores are hungry for an upset. Dawgs win and cover. Georgia 38, Vanderbilt 30
Kevin: I too am picking Georgia, however, with that defense, I don’t have much faith in covering spreads over a few points. I’ll take Georgia in a close game. Georgia 31, Vanderbilt 28.
#11 South Carolina (-7.5) at Tennessee
Jon: South Carolina is playing their best football, and they look primed to go on a serious run. Tennessee played well against Georgia, but I like Carolina to win and cover on the road. South Carolina 35, Tennessee 24
Kevin: Jon and I are in agreement here. South Carolina is ready to go. I like them to win and cover. South Carolina 27, Tennessee 16
#22 Florida (-3) at #14 Missouri
Jon: This may be the toughest game to pick this week, especially with Mizzou breaking in new starter Maty Mauk. I’m going to take Florida for the win but Mizzou on the cover. Mizzou is out to prove everyone wrong. Florida 21, Missouri 20
Kevin: New quarterback against Florida’s defense? I don’t like it for Mizzou. Florida’s offensive woes against LSU help Florida this week as they are tasked with opening it up a bit to get points on the board. Florida 17, Mizzou 13.
#24 Auburn at #7 Texas A&M (-13.5)
Jon: This is a big spread, considering the best defense in the game is Auburn’s. I like Texas A&M to win the game, but I love Auburn to cover the spread. Aggies 41, Auburn 35
Kevin: I’m going to go with a big win by the Aggies here. I do like Auburn, and I hate the Texas A&M defense, but I think Manziel is ready to win this by a couple touchdowns. Texas A&M 44, Auburn 30.
#6 LSU (-8) at Ole Miss
Jon: Ole Miss is really banged up on defense, and the LSU defense showed signs of life last week against Florida. I like LSU big in Oxford. LSU 38, Ole Miss 20
Kevin: I agree with Jon on this one. Ole Miss puts up some points, but LSU’s offense is way too much for the Ole Miss defense. LSU 41, Ole Miss 21.
Arkansas at #1 Alabama (-28.5)
Jon: Alabama is improving week after week, while Arkansas looks to be regressing. And going into Tuscaloosa at night isn’t what the doctor ordered for any type of rebound. Alabama wins…big. Alabama 38, Arkansas 7
Kevin: South Carolina steamrolled Arkansas and I think we might see a repeat. The Tide win big. Alabama 41, Arkansas 13.
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