A bold prediction for each SEC game in Week 10
You’ve handed out the Halloween candy, some fall weather is headed in, what’s left? Sit back on Saturday and wait for something crazy to happen in the SEC. That’s pretty much how we spend every week in the Bold Prediction department. Here’s our weekly guess at something outside the box for every single SEC game of Week 10:
A shutout for A&M
It has not been a banner defensive year for the Aggies, and even when the A&M offense is clicking, well, the defense has used that time to take it easy. Consider last week, when Mississippi State put up a ton of late yards and a couple of scores. They were meaningless, except for A&M’s defensive stats. Here’s a guess that the Aggies got blasted in the film room by Mike Elko. This week, A&M gets a UTSA team that lost at North Texas 45-3. Those two things go together to make a standout game for the Aggies D, with a 42-0 kind of effort.
Florida finds a way
If there’s one thing we tend to not be high on, it’s teams that can’t run the football reliably. And Florida is one of those. UF averages 142 rushing yards per game, and it generally has one big chunk play per game and otherwise doesn’t do much on the ground. That, combined with some injury woes, have made us leery of UF’s mojo. And every time we pick against them, they show up. So you know what? You’ve got a Georgia team with a great running game (237 yards per game), a chip on its shoulder and superior talent. But it will lose this game, simply because Florida is like a Halloween movie serial killer. You chop off its head, it staggers back to life and beats you with a Kyle Trask touchdown. That’s what the Gators will do Saturday, somehow.
So does Arkansas
Chad Morris kinda sorta guaranteed a victory, didn’t he? He knows he’s skating on thin ice. But Mississippi State is almost as bad as Arkansas, and with the Razorbacks giving KJ Jefferson a shot at quarterback, anything can happen. Even an Arkansas win. Granted, this game could be excruciating, with each team trying to prove just how awful it really is. Remember, this Bulldogs defense gave up 56 to Auburn and 49 to A&M. At this point, they’d probably give up 35 to a good Pop Warner team. The temperature is supposed to be in the mid 40s by late in the game, and the hundreds of desperados holed up in Razorback Stadium will have to endure overtime, but they’ll see a victory.
Big day for Whitlow
When Auburn comes off a clunker of a passing game, you’d think it would try to remedy it. But at this point, it’s more about the Tigers learning to live with what they have. Bo Nix isn’t awful, but he’s not a quarterbacking messiah, at least not in 2019. JaTarvious Whitlow is supposed to be back in action after his injury issues. Look for Auburn to establish him with a 20-carry, 125-yard, two-touchdown kind of day. Ole Miss will hang around for a half on the strength of its own running game, but Auburn will wear the Rebels down late in a three-score win, thanks in large part to Whitlow and his fellow running backs.
UAB wins … the first half
UAB is one of the best stories in college football. It lost its team, gained it back, and somehow the Blazers have actually put together a decent team. Led by QB Tyler Johnston III on offense and a tough defense built on stopping the run (only 88 rushing yards allowed per game), UAB has enough to go into Knoxville and pull off a big upset. For a half. Yes, Tennessee is up-and-down, and yes, it has struggled with focus, but Jeremy Pruitt has his team on track for a potential bowl game. And after a little halftime paint-peeling, the Vols will take control late in this one, winning by 17. Just be aware that it could be ugly early on.
Bryan Edwards goes off
South Carolina gets a favorable matchup with Vandy. The Commodores somehow beat Missouri, but that lost some luster after Kentucky crushed the Tigers. Vandy has been outgained by 120 yards per game, and it has given up 253 passing yards per game. Enter Carolina, and particularly senior receiver Bryan Edwards, who is just a quiet, dependable target who has had six-eight catches for 78-83 yards in the past three games. Seriously, he’s that consistent. Let’s expect him to up that on Saturday. Mark him down for 10 catches for 125 yards in Carolina’s four-score win over Vandy.