A bold prediction for each SEC Week 10 game
November is here, the CFP and NY6 races (is that a thing?) are heating up, and it’s time to get crazy. No, not Missouri beating Georgia crazy, but crazy nonetheless. Here’s a bold prediction for each SEC game from Week 10:
Mizzou puts up the most points all year against Georgia
Couple things in play here — given Missouri’s defense, Georgia can name both its number of total yards and total score. But given that, Tyler Badie is still, well, a badie to try to handle, and Missouri will put up some garbage time points to eclipse the 13 that has been the high-water mark against Georgia all year. Granted, it’ll be something like 56-17, but Missouri will put up the most points this season against the Bulldogs, which does count for something.
Ole Miss has to rally late
Liberty is a fun, fun football team. Malik Willis has something to prove to the SEC, and the Rebels aren’t exactly lighting up scoreboards in recent weeks. We’ll say that Liberty has a 4th-quarter lead until Matt Corral leads a 2-minute drill to bring home an Ole Miss victory in the closing seconds. This really isn’t an indictment of the Rebels, although they are kind of worn down. This game just feels like a 38-34 kind of shootout.
Auburn with a road upset
Props to Connor O’Gara for pointing out that, odd as it seems, Auburn definitely has a CFP road. A&M, Mississippi State, Bama and then Georgia would definitely get the Tigers there. And even if that 4 isn’t quite believable, Auburn has been playing with the chops to steal a game at A&M. The Tigers definitely will bring more to the table than Mizzou or South Carolina, who were the Aggies’ last 2 opponents. We look for Bo Nix to have 250 passing yards and 3 scores and for Auburn to pull a 31-24 surprise at A&M.
State does it again
Beat 3 ranked teams? How about another upset, this time over an unranked Arkansas team? The hidden story of last week’s State win is that its defense is nasty against the run. Putting Arkansas in a host of 3rd-and-long situations will probably look similar to putting Kentucky in those situations. Meanwhile, State’s own red zone offense showed signs of life. It will need it to pull off a 28-27 upset at Arkansas, but State has been a tough out.
Bryce is nice for 400
Alabama feels like it should absolutely have its way with LSU. And it feels like a game that could be a marquee performance for Heisman candidate Bryce Young. Young’s season high in passing yards is 371. But bear in mind that this LSU defense made Will Levis look like Joe Montana a few weeks ago. We’ll put Young down for his first 400-yard performance, and Bama will cover that healthy point spread in a 42-10 kind of game.
Wan’Dale shows up late for Kentucky
Kentucky-Tennessee feels like a boxing match. A few weeks ago, Kentucky looked like the better team. Now, the Vols were a slight Vegas favorite at last glance. Kentucky has been tough at home, and particularly tough at night at home. It will need some late mojo to pull this one off. Wan’Dale Robinson has been UK’s most consistent player, and when he breaks free for a game-winning score in the final minute, Kentucky will have the memorable moment to seal what will be a 10-2 season. UK 31, UT 28 in the best SEC game of the weekend.
Whoever the QB, Florida rolls on the ground, with 2 100-yard rushers
Whichever Gator ends up under center (or in the shotgun, more accurately), Florida will be fine. South Carolina has one of the worst run defenses in the SEC, giving up 169 rushing yards per game and 4.4 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Florida’s stat of just north of 6 yards per carry will get plenty of work. We’ll take Emory Jones and Dameon Pierce each for 100 rushing yards in an easy Gators victory.