SEC football: Bold predictions for Week 10
Week 10 of SEC play is the de facto SEC semifinals. Georgia-Kentucky, Bama-LSU … and lots of other good games as well. It’s a good week to go bold, and so here’s a bold prediction for each Week 10 SEC game.
What the Snell?
Might as well start out extra bold. Georgia doesn’t have their usual red-zone shine this season. Look at how hard they had to work last week against Florida to try to punch the ball in. We think the Dogs will outgain Kentucky but will stall out in the UK red zone a couple of pivotal times for field goals. Meanwhile, last week Kentucky had to eke out a win with a subpar game from Benny Snell. What is really less likely, Kentucky knocking off UGA or Snell having a second bad game in a row? Snell has helped Kentucky get here but has never had the definitive single play that summed up his career. He will Saturday as UK finds a way one more time.
Another upset? Not in Baton Rouge
We’ve enjoyed this magical run for LSU, and if this was last year’s Alabama team or the year before … well, maybe. This year? This is where America see what Tua actually means. LSU goes into this game knowing they have to slow down the Tide offense to a crawl and try to make this a defensive slugfest. They might be able to contain the Alabama ground game, but nobody can stop Tagovailoa. Not only won’t LSU pull the upset, but Alabama will win by 30 and Tua goes for 300.
Stern-berger and fries
A&M feels like a better team than Auburn. Are they? Regardless, given the difficulties that the Tigers had with even Tennessee’s humble offense, we see tight end Jace Sternberger being the difference in this game. Give him 6 catches for 80 yards and A&M a fourth-quarter win on the Plains. For a bonus, look for Neal Brown hanging out around airports sometime soon, Auburn folks.
Missouri was so, so close to breaking out of the schneid against Kentucky. They’re a popular upset pick this weekend in Gainesville … but not here. Florida shot itself in the foot plenty against Georgia, but in the second half this week, it’ll be the Florida defense making big plays. Lock will have 250 passing yards but also 2 second-half picks as UF pulls away late, 35-24.
Carolina outguns the Rebels
No, I’m not saying Jake Bentley outpasses Jordan Ta’amu, because he won’t. Ta’amu is good for 350 yards in this battle of good passing, bad pass defending teams. But Bentley will make his 250 yards count, leading South Carolina in a second-half comeback to nab a 38-35 win in Oxford. If you’re a gambler, that 68.5 over/under looks pretty enticing.
State drops half a hundred on La. Tech
Mississippi State has struggled massively on offense, but last week looked like a turning point. The passing game finally meshed with the power rushing attack they’ve always had. We’re guessing that it wasn’t a fluke and that they’ll pick up right where they left off. We’ve got Nick Fitzgerald going for another 250-plus yards in the air and 150-plus on the ground, and State putting up 50-plus in a route of Louisiana Tech.
Ty Chandler has a big week
Bouncing back from a tough loss to Carolina, UT gets an easy week at home against Charlotte. Given the relative resurgence of the passing game under Jarrett Guarantano, it’s time for the Vols to amp up their ground attack. Ty Chandler looks like a likely suspect to have a breakout kind of game — say, 150 rushing yards and a special teams score — as Tennessee cruises in a 25-point win.