Week 11 has many SEC fans excited, especially for the highly anticipated matchup between Georgia and Auburn. The “Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry” will live up to the billing, with Georgia squeaking out a narrow victory on the road.

Mississippi State will do what no one else has done since 2015 — beat Alabama in conference play. LSU and Arkansas keep fans’ attention for 60 minutes. Missouri gets up on Tennessee early and stays on top. Vanderbilt falls down quickly to Kentucky and never recovers.

Like Week 10, no team has a bye in Week 11. For all of the SEC teams in action this week, here are projections for margins of victory, ranked from losses/narrow wins to the biggest blowout.

14. Tennessee

Opponent: at Missouri

Bovada line: +11

Prediction: Tennessee loses by 21

Why: This game will be the last nail in the coffin for Butch Jones. Tennessee has upped its average a little bit, but the Volunteers are scoring only 12.4 points per game in conference play — worst of all Power 5 teams. This loss will cripple their chances of making a bowl.

13. Florida

Opponent: at South Carolina

Bovada line: +7 1/2

Prediction: Florida loses by 17 

Why: The Gators lost 45-16 to Missouri in Week 10, giving the Tigers their first conference win of the season. Florida gave up, and will continue to wilt for the rest of 2017. Don’t expect the Gators to go on the road and beat the Gamecocks.

12. Vanderbilt

Opponent: vs. Kentucky

Bovada line: -2 1/2

Prediction: Vanderbilt loses by 14

Why: Vanderbilt ended fans’ misery momentarily, beating Western Kentucky 31-17 in Week 10. Jumping back into conference play won’t be great for the Commodores. For the second consecutive season, Derek Mason’s team will fall to the Wildcats.

11. Arkansas

Opponent: at LSU

Bovada line: +17

Prediction: Arkansas loses by 10

Why: Ten of the last 12 games in this series have been decided by 17 points or less. Regardless who starts at quarterback for the Razorbacks, Arkansas will find a way to keep this game close. In the end, LSU’s talent will take over.

10. Auburn

Opponent: vs. Georgia

Bovada line: +3

Prediction: Auburn loses by 7

Why: Auburn picked up a big win against Texas A&M last week and now faces the ominous task of taking down Georgia. The Bulldogs are giving up only 89 rushing yards per game this season, good for fifth in the country. The Tigers will have a tough time running the ball with that kind of opposition.

Even at Jordan-Hare Stadium, the Tigers won’t be able to pull off the mild upset. Auburn has gotten the short end of the stick this season, having to play three of the top 5 teams in the country — Alabama, Clemson and Georgia.

9. Alabama

Opponent: at Mississippi State

Bovada line: -14

Prediction: Alabama loses by 3

Why: Nick Saban is an almost perfect 9-1 against Mississippi State since he took over at Alabama in 2007. The only loss Saban suffered came in 2007 — his first season. His record is going to be slightly more blemished after Saturday.

The Crimson Tide’s closest win of the season came on the road at Texas A&M. They really played bad in the second half and were fortunate to escape with a win. This time, Alabama doesn’t survive in a rowdy road environment.

8. Mississippi State

Opponent: vs. Alabama

Bovada line: +14

Prediction: Mississippi State wins by 3

Why: Since arriving in 2009, Dan Mullen hasn’t beaten Saban. That is about to change because of the Bulldogs’ effort on both sides of the ball. Mississippi State is giving up only 18 points per game, which ranks top 15 nationally.

The offense also is a strength with Nick Fitzgerald leading the unit to 33.9 points per game. Davis Wade Stadium  will be rocking on Saturday night. After seven straight failures, Mullen finally gets the better of Saban.

7. Georgia

Opponent: at Auburn

Bovada line: -3

Prediction: Georgia wins by 7

Why: Georgia has fought off every opponent through 10 weeks of football and now faces its toughest conference challenge before Atlanta. Once again, Kirby Smart will rely on his defense to stifle a talented offense. Mel Tucker’s unit will come up big again.

6. LSU

Opponent: vs. Arkansas

Bovada line: -17

Prediction: LSU wins by 10

Why: LSU gave Alabama a game last week, but the Tigers’ offense couldn’t muster enough points to beat the Crimson Tide. In year’s past, LSU has had lapses against Arkansas after losing to Alabama. A letdown did not occur in 2016 with Ed Orgeron as the interim coach.

Instead of coming out flat, the Tigers crushed the Razorbacks 38-10. In 2017, the Tigers will be fired up once again. Orgeron will move to 1-0 versus Arkansas as official head coach.

5. Kentucky

Opponent: at Vanderbilt

Bovada line: +2 1/2

Prediction: Kentucky wins by 14

Why: Even though this game is on the road, Kentucky will take care of business. Vanderbilt hasn’t won a conference game in 2017, giving up an average of 320.20 rushing yards. The home team has won the last four games in this series. That streak ends on Saturday.

4. South Carolina

Opponent: vs. Florida

Bovada line: -7 1/2

Prediction: South Carolina wins by 17

Why: In Week 11, South Carolina gets a much easier opponent after sticking tough with Georgia in Week 10. On the road, the Gators got lucky against Kentucky and were crushed by Missouri. The home team wins this matchup, and Will Muschamp beats his former team after losing 20-7 last season.

3. Missouri

Opponent: vs. Tennessee

Bovada line: -11

Prediction: Missouri wins by 21

Why: The Tigers are coming off a big 45-16 win over Florida. Now, they face another declining SEC East foe with a similar weakness — a lack of offense. Barry Odom’s squad will avenge last season’s 63-37 throttling on the road. The Tigers’ offense won’t be stopped by a dejected Volunteers defense.

2. Ole Miss

Opponent: vs. Louisiana

Bovada line: -17 1/2

Prediction: Ole Miss wins by 22

Why: Ole Miss pulled out a tough road win at Kentucky in Week 10. Even without Shea Patterson and having a bowl ban in 2017, the Rebels are still competing. In two full games without Patterson, Ole Miss has scored 37 points each time. Matt Luke’s team adds another notch to the win column.

1. Texas A&M

Opponent: vs. New Mexico

Bovada line: -19

Prediction: Texas A&M wins by 24

Why: Last season, the Aggies beat New Mexico State 52-10. New Mexico won’t fare much better. The Aggies roll on Saturday night.  


Week 10 in review: Last week in this spot, we chose Arkansas to crush Coastal Carolina. Instead, the Razorbacks won by a mere point. Projected by us to lose, Missouri had the easiest day and beat Florida by 29 points. … Mississippi State, our pick for biggest blowout win, beat UMass by 11 points. We had doubts about South Carolina and LSU keeping their games close, but both teams proved us wrong and lost by only 14 points.