Predicting the SEC's Week 7 headlines
Thirteen of the 14 SEC programs are in action this weekend, including five conference showdowns, three of which feature two ranked teams.
So what will the headlines be come Monday morning?
Georgia beats Missouri on the road without Todd Gurley: The Bulldogs will enter the game at a great disadvantage as Todd Gurley sits out due to an indefinite suspension handed down by the university, but it won’t stop Georgia from earning a critical SEC East victory. A loss to Mizzou would all but end the Bulldogs’ chances of winning the East, but a gutty victory would keep the season, and the team’s playoff hopes, alive. Expect Georgia to come out hungry, and maybe even a little desperate on Saturday.
Auburn and Ole Miss both win, but neither moves to No. 1: Auburn’s spread rushing attack won’t blow Mississippi State’s doors off, but it will wear down the Bulldogs defense as the game reaches the second half, which will be just enough to top Dak Prescott and MSU. Meanwhile, in College Station, the Ole Miss secondary will prove its worth in shutting down the Texas A&M passing attack, earning a huge road victory in the SEC West. Unfortunately for the SEC, despite the pair of monumental victories neither Auburn nor Ole Miss will be able to move to No. 1 this week as Florida State will easily do away with Syracuse to remain atop the polls.
Alabama beats Arkansas, but only by single digits: The Crimson Tide will have their hands full with Arkansas’ downhill rushing attack, as the Razorbacks’ ball-control offense will tire out the ‘Bama defense and keep possession away from the Tide’s offense. Blake Sims and company will make enough plays in the second half to pull ahead for good, but this will be a one-possession game in the fourth quarter as Arkansas aims to snap its SEC losing skid.
Harris/Jennings play poorly, but still best Jeff Driskel’s performance: In what will be the ugliest game of the weekend featuring two SEC teams, LSU’s quarterbacks will play poorly, but Florida’s Jeff Driskel will play worse. Whoever is playing quarterback for the Tigers will complete fewer than 50 percent of his passes, but Driskel may not even complete 35 percent of his. Meanwhile, the LSU defense finds a way to slow down the Gators’ rushing attack, and the Bayou Bengals will come away with a much-needed victory over a team in turmoil in Florida.