SEC Bold Predictions for Week 6
SEC Bold Predictions is back for another week of insanity. With 6 SEC matchups on tap for Week 6, there’s bound to be some crazy stuff doing down. And as usual, we’re here to make a wild prediction for each SEC game. Let’s dive right in.
Kentucky hangs in there … but loses late in a battle of backup QBs
Will Georgia make a QB move? Kentucky already confirmed that it will, but does that matter much? The guess here is that we see the underperforming Georgia offense here, at least for 3 quarters or so. This one might feel like last week’s game for UK fans, as the defense will do enough to keep Kentucky in the game, only to see the offense, with Joey Gatewood at quarterback showing some improvement in the passing game, come up short in the 4th quarter.
It won’t be a beauty contest, but Georgia cleans it up late and wins by 10. To make it doubly interesting, we’ll say the 2nd-half surge comes without Stetson Bennett.
Auburn gets lucky again, courtesy of Seth Williams
TJ Finley was an impressive surprise — even for those of us who predicted he would do very well against South Carolina. But Auburn, whether it’s a lucky rabbit’s foot or a Tiger grad in the SEC replay office, is leading a charmed existence.
Last week, Seth Williams showed again that he’s one of the underrated players in the SEC last week. Given an LSU secondary that has — to be kind — struggled against the pass, we see Williams having another 150-yard receiving type of game, and making the big play late to seal an Auburn victory.
Two 100-yard rushers for Rebels
Yes, Ole Miss will crush Vandy — but a surprise might be that Lane Kiffin’s pass-heavy attack goes to the ground for this one. The Rebels have rushed for 220 yards per game this season, and Vandy has allowed 211 per outing. When those numbers come together, the scoreboard is ticking but due to the ground game. We’ll take 2 Rebels — Jerrion Ealy and (surprise!) John Rhys Plumlee — to each rack up over 100 yards rushing in a blowout Ole Miss win.
One more for the Tide D
One of my favorite bold predictions — and it usually happens as soon as I stop calling for it — is that Alabama’s defense outscores a weaker opponent. Mississippi State is a perfect choice here, because not only will Alabama have a massive talent advantage, but State will not hesitate to keep throwing the ball and taking chances.
The Bulldogs gave up a pick-6 in each of their first 3 games (and came 2 yards from giving Kentucky a second pick-6). Alabama will probably have a fairly quiet offensive game, but its defense should have no problem with State … and in fact, will outscore them in a 41-6 kind of game.
Mond shows out
A&M’s last game was a fairly ugly win over Mississippi State, Kellen Mond’s ability to stay plugged in has been a key to this season. In the past, this game with Arkansas is the kind of game where Mond would throw a couple of key picks and A&M would be lucky to escape with a win. But Mond is older and wiser, and while this Arkansas team doesn’t beat itself, A&M will be a lot sharper on 3rd downs and red-zone opportunities than previous opponents. Put Mond down for 300 passing yards and 3 scores in a 31-14 win.
Shootout in the Swamp
You wouldn’t know it from Mizzou’s 20-10 win over Kentucky, but its offense is capable, and Florida certainly can do plenty of scoring.
This feels like a repeat of the Florida vs. A&M game, but this time the Gators end up on top. Vegas has the over/under hanging around 62, but it’ll be a bit higher.
We see a 45-38 kind of Gators win, with QBs Kyle Trask and Connor Bazelak each topping 300 passing yards. It’s the kind of game that will keep Florida fans happy with the offense and calling for Todd Grantham’s head on defense.