One bold prediction for every SEC game in Week 12
Here’s one bold prediction for every SEC game on Saturday:
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LSU at Ole Miss — How will the Tigers perform with their proverbial backs against the wall and Les Miles’ future in doubt? Feed Leonard Fournette. I’m picking the featured back to cross the 200-yard barrier, but it might not be enough in a high-scoring affair.
Mississippi State at Arkansas — Will the hot streak continue for the Razorbacks? If the offensive line continues to protect Brandon Allen it will. The Bulldogs have given up an SEC-low six touchdown passes this season, but I’ll say Allen manages half of that total in Saturday’s showdown.
Tennessee at Mizzou — The boldest prediction would be picking the outright upset here, but I don’t think the Tigers have enough firepower on offense. Drew Lock managed to play well down the stretch in last weekend’s win over BYU, but he’s facing a much different pass rush and for the first time all season, we’ll see Derek Barnett with a four-sack outing.
Texas A&M at Vanderbilt — Now here’s an upset that seems more likely, a struggling offense going on the road to face a defense that seems to have improved with every game over the last month. In search of a marquee win, this would be it for the Commodores. In need of a fourth-quarter scoring drive to beat the Aggies, true freshman QB Kyle Shurmur delivers.
FAU at Florida — Another 100-yard game out of Kelvin Taylor? You bet. And this time, he pushes past triple digits in the first half.
The Citadel at South Carolina — Lost in a disappointing season has been former walk-on QB Perry Orth’s rise on offense. He has separated himself from Connor Mitch and Lorenzo Nunez as a reliable passer in an offense playing with more confidence since Steve Spurrier’s exit. It all comes together against The Citadel during a four-touchdown outing from Orth.
Georgia Southern at Georgia — The Eagles won’t be able to keep up with the Bulldogs on the scoreboard, but 300 yards rushing as a team will be eclipsed, frustrating Jeremy Pruitt much of the afternoon.
Idaho at Auburn — Will Muschamp won’t have much to stress about on Saturday as a 33-point favorite, but it’s important for Auburn’s defense to continue its recent improvement prior to the Iron Bowl matchup next weekend. I’m picking the Tigers to score not one, but two touchdowns defensively in an impressive rout.
Charleston Southern at Alabama — Nick Saban wants it known that … well, for the sake of keeping it PG here, we’ll refrain from mentioning his pre-game comments. The nation’s best front seven on defense keeps Charleston Southern below 100 total yards of offense in a lop-sided win.
Charlotte at Kentucky — The Drew Barker era officially begins in Lexington? He’s played sparingly this season, but his first start couldn’t come in a more ideal scenario. He’ll torch the 49ers for 250-plus and a couple touchdowns as the Wildcats snap their losing skid.