A bold prediction for each (remaining) SEC Week 13 game
SEC Week 13 may seem like a time to settle back, enjoy a few holiday leftovers and reflect on a great year of college football. Except that here in the bold predictions department, we’re never settling. While you were falling into a turkey coma, we were pondering the scenarios that would shock you on Saturday. Here’s a bold prediction for each SEC game — at least, each post-Friday SEC game — of Week 13:
Feleipe is fine
Florida does have its bad recent history with FSU to overcome, and the Seminoles have managed to rally to make this game mildly relevant. But one thing doesn’t change — FSU is terrible against the pass, allowing a whopping 270 yards per game via the air. Meanwhile, Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks has enjoyed a nice late-season rally, which will continue in this game. We’ll take the Gators by 13, with Franks going for 250 yards and 3 scores.
Georgia gets an early scare
No, the triple option won’t stop Georgia, but it will slow them down. Consider what The Citadel did to ‘Bama last week with the offense — limit the number of possessions, control the ball and keep the stronger team off the field. Tech will do the same for a half. Georgia’s run defense is good but not great, and Tech will catch them off balance early. Georgia will get it right late but won’t quite cover the 17-point spread in their second-half domination.
Alabama looks human again
No, there’s no way we’re going to pick Auburn to actually come to life in the Iron Bowl and pull off perhaps the upset of the college football season. That ship has sailed. That said, Alabama is looking increasingly human the last couple of weeks. Maybe it’s injuries, maybe it’s playing a vastly differing (but ultimately inferior) cast of opposing teams. Whatever it is, Auburn’s defense is capable of slowing Alabama, although certainly not stopping them. Combine that with the Tide’s meh performances over the last couple of weeks, and we can see a 28-10 type of game.
Tennessee pulls off the upset
Yes, everything logical suggests that Vandy beats UT to gain the bowl bid. Ke’Shawn Vaughn looks like the best offensive player in this game. Vandy’s momentum is miles better than Tennessee’s … and the Vols have QB injury issues. But there is one thing that Jeremy Pruitt has in his pocket. Vanderbilt Stadium will be 75 percent orange, and the “road” crowd will remind UT that while many things aren’t on their side, history is. The Vols find a way, 20-17.
A record-setting day for Snell
Kentucky’s Benny Snell is 207 yards away from the school’s career rushing mark. In what will be a lopsided win against a pitiful Louisville defense, Snell will break that record. Kentucky is not a team built to deliver lopsided victories, but Louisville doesn’t look like a team that’s built for much of anything except ending the season. ‘Cats by 28.
Clemson will make a statement
Poor Jake Bentley always plays well against bad competition and looks pitiful against good competition. No reason to expect that to change on Saturday, as Clemson is rounding into CFP form and South Carolina is preparing to play Akron next week. Bentley will have sub-50 percent completion stats and throw a couple of interceptions, and Clemson wins by 40.
The non-upset upset
Maybe we’re slow sometimes. We respect A&M. We know they’re good. We don’t see LSU as a field goal underdog at A&M. A&M lost to Auburn and Mississippi State, so they clearly struggle with physical defenses, even ones matched with very predictable offenses. This feels like a two-touchdown LSU win, and look for Joe Burrow to continue playing well for LSU, throwing for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns.