Predictions around the country for Week 12 SEC games
The Magnolia Bowl is the biggest SEC matchup in Week 12, and it should be a good one.
LSU visits Ole Miss with a chance to knock the Rebels out of the SEC West race while Florida and Alabama have home games against respective cupcakes Florida Atlantic and Charleston Southern.
There are 10 games involving SEC teams this week, so let’s take a look at projected final scores of Saturday’s games, according to four different media outlets — tennessean.com, Bleacher Report, saturdayblitz.com and Fox Sports.
SEC PICKS BY TENNESSEAN COLUMNIST DAVE AMMENHEUSER
Florida 49, FAU 14
South Carolina 28, The Citadel 21
LSU 35, Ole Miss 31
Alabama 55, Charleston Southern 10
Auburn 39, Idaho 13
Mississippi State 28, Arkansas 17
Georgia 41, Georgia Southern 20
Tennessee 38, Missouri 10
Vanderbilt 23, Texas A&M 21
Kentucky 33, Charlotte 13
Note: Several things jump out here. Ammenheuser likes LSU to win outright at Ole Miss, which is favored by 4 points. And how about this for surprises? He sees Vandy pulling off a home upset of Texas A&M. The Commodores are getting nearly a touchdown. And if that weren’t enough, he envisions Arkansas — the hottest team in the SEC not named Alabama — losing at home to Mississippi State by more than a touchdown. The Razorbacks are favored by slightly more than a field goal.
SEC PICKS BY BLEACHER REPORT
Florida 38, Florida Atlantic 14
South Carolina 34, The Citadel 27
Ole Miss 24, LSU 20
Auburn 40, Idaho 24
Alabama 51, Charleston Southern 13
Arkansas 37, Mississippi State 20
Georgia 27, Georgia Southern 21
Missouri 21, Tennessee 13
Vanderbilt 15, Texas A&M 14
Kentucky 37, Charlotte 14
Note: Upset picks seem to be a pattern this week. Like Ammenheuser does, Bleacher Report predicts that Vanderbilt will not only cover but beat Texas A&M outright. BR’s other eye-opening pick has Missouri beating Tennessee. The Volunteers are favored by at least a touchdown. The other surprising outcomes are South Carolina and Georgia winning by only a touchdown. The Bulldogs are favored by at least 14 points.
SEC PICKS BY SATURDAYBLITZ.COM’S NICHOLAS IAN ALLEN
Florida 31, FAU 3
Ole Miss 27, LSU 24
Auburn 42, Idaho 7
Arkansas 35, Mississippi State 28
Georgia 35, Georgia Southern 20
Tennessee 21, Missouri 20
Texas A&M 20, Vanderbilt 14
Kentucky 37, Charlotte 10
Note: These picks aren’t as ballsy as Ammenheuser’s and Bleacher Report’s, but Allen likes three underdogs to cover: Vanderbilt, Missouri and LSU. He has no picks for Alabama’s and South Carolina’s matchups, but that’s presumably because there is no line for either game.
SEC PICKS BY FOX SPORTS
South Carolina 47, The Citadel 6
Alabama 52, Charleston Southern 7
Florida 33, FAU 21
Auburn 34, Idaho 25
Texas A&M 30, Vanderbilt 25
Georgia 30, Georgia Southern 25
Tennessee 26, Missouri 24
Arkansas 29, Mississippi State 28
Note: Each game in Fox Sports’ predictions is simulated 101 times, so these scores may actually turn out to be quite accurate. No LSU-Ole Miss and Charlotte-Kentucky projections are available, but most of the games are expected to be single-digit outcomes. In fact, Fox likes the underdog to cover in every game that has a line.