A bold prediction for each Week 14 SEC game
The SEC might yet again have saved the best for last. With 5 teams as legitimate prospects for NY6 bowl appearances and the looming question of whether Georgia or Alabama grabs the 4th Playoff spot, there is plenty on the line for Week 14.
Here at the bold prediction department, we do what we always do — give you something outside-the-box to watch for in each SEC game. Happy Thanksgiving!
One for great game for Kylin Hill
Kylin Hill is probably the most important player in the Egg Bowl. How important? Well, when State has a 100-yard rusher this season, they’re 5-2. When they don’t, they’re 0-4. Ole Miss will put up plenty of resistance, but at the end of the day, we’ll take Hill for 150 rushing yards and State for a win by a touchdown.
Arkansas pulls the upset
No, there is absolutely no logical reason this should happen. But there are a million emotional reasons. Mizzou just got its bowl opportunity ripped away — and it has lost their past 5 games. Will guys like Kelly Bryant even take the field Friday with literally nothing but pride on the line? Arkansas finds a way, somehow.
Kentucky runs all over Louisville in the rain
Kentucky and Louisville would have been a good game … on a clean track. Instead, for what feels like the 8th time or so this season, Kentucky is scheduled to end up playing in an all-day rain in Lexington on Saturday. A slippery, soggy field helps what Kentucky does — pound the rock and defend. It also hurts what Louisville does — air it out and not play defense. Kentucky by 17, with 2 100-yard rushers.
South Carolina hangs in for a half
No, South Carolina doesn’t have the manpower to take down Clemson. But Trevor Lawrence has had a ho-hum season throwing against the weak secondaries of the ACC. Carolina can mess with him — at least for a half. USC will be very much in this game at intermission, before Clemson highlights the running game in the second half and wins —but shy of the point spread, maybe by 17.
Georgia gets healthy offensively
Tech is a horrible matchup for Georgia. With a Kentucky-esque passing game and a defense that is allowing 116 yards per game more than Tech gains, they’ll get crushed. Georgia hasn’t broken 27 points in the past 6 games, but they will in this one. Look for a nice day from Jake Fromm and a 100-yard rusher for the Dawgs — maybe not even D’Andre Swift. Zamir White will get some clock and some yardage, as UGA wins by 40+.
Statement game for Saban
Alabama hasn’t played anybody (except LSU), they aren’t the same without Tua. Both are true, but remember: Auburn’s offense hasn’t shown up in its 3 losses — scoring 14, 20, and 13 points against Georgia, LSU and Florida. It’s hard to imagine Alabama only scoring in the high teens or low 20s, although Auburn hasn’t given up more than 24 points this season. There’s a first time for everything, and Nick Saban on a mission will unleash Mac Jones for the game of his life. Alabama wins this one 37-17, and Jones has almost 300 yards passing.
The Vols end their 3-game losing streak to Vandy, beating a Commodore team that just has zero chance. Vandy is at the bottom of the SEC stats in most categories, and while UT’s offense is hardly legendary, it’ll pick apart an exhausted and dispirited Vandy defense. Kentucky put up 38 in Nashville, it’s not hard to imagine UT putting up a similar number in Knoxville. We’ll go 38-14 UT, with Tim Jordan rushing for 100 yards.
LSU takes care of business
A&M in this game is like a slightly weaker Auburn in the Iron Bowl. The Aggies haven’t scored enough to beat any of their schedule’s big dogs. They did manage 28 late against Alabama, but late was the key word in that 19-point loss. In their other 3 losses, it was 10, 13 and 20 points. Anybody that beats LSU is going to have to score early and often. A&M can’t, so LSU will roll. Clyde Edwards-Helaire gets his 5th consecutive 100-yard game, and Joe Burrow continues his streak of 5 (now to be 6) 300-yard passing games in a row in a 38-17 LSU win.
Kyle Trask has a day to remember
Florida State has several problems, but one notable one is pass defense, where the Seminoles are allowing 274 yards per game in the air. Dan Mullen will want to put down the hammer in this game (for recruiting purposes) and he’ll ride Kyle Trask to his 3rd 300-yard passing game of the season. State will score some too, but Florida will win, although not cover, with a 42-28 triumph.