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We’re back with another round of predictions heading into Week 11 in the SEC.

SDS news desk editor Michael Bratton (@MichaelWBratton) and SDS Podcast co-host Chris Marler (@VerneFUNquist) are back again to share their predictions picking SEC games and making picks against the spread.

Chris is 28-26-1 against the spread for the season, while Michael is 19-36.

Vanderbilt at Georgia (-35.5)

Michael: Vanderbilt looked so pathetic last weekend while Georgia looked unstoppable at times against South Carolina but this is just too many points to give up in an SEC game. Georgia should be able to pick its score in this one but what happens if the second half features backups or senior walk-ons in their final appearance in Sanford Stadium? This game will be over by halftime but I’ll take the Commodores to secure a backdoor cover in the fourth quarter.

Georgia 45 Vanderbilt 10

Chris: The 2020 Vanderbilt skulldragging tour heads to Athens this weekend where UGA looks to stay hot and continue building their annual “Next year is our year” hype train behind JT Daniels. Vandy just lost 41-0 at Mizzou. I have to think that UGA puts it on the ‘Dores even worse.

The real question is what will be more difficult to watch: UGA hanging half a hundred on Vandy, or grown ass men wearing Oakleys yelling on Twitter all day long because they can’t emotionally handle someone squib kicking without a Y chromosome. Calm down Trent. It’s Vandy. Let them have a moment for once. Also, don’t ever watch Little Giants because you will HATE it.

Georgia 56 Vanderbilt 3

South Carolina at Kentucky (-11.5)

Michael: The way Kentucky has been playing in recent weeks, this line surprised me at opening. Both teams may be featuring thin rosters at the moment but one team is out there playing hard for four quarters while the other features coaches screaming at each other during games. Luke Doty has given new life to this program while many Kentucky fans can’t wait for the Terry Wilson/Eddie Gran era to end. I could see Kentucky winning this game but I’m confident that the Gamecocks can cover this double-digit spread.

South Carolina 24 Kentucky 21

Chris: If this were a bowl game it would be the Zoloft Bowl because there is no better antidepressant or way to feel better about yourself than this game. If Kentucky can be favored by double digits in a football game then buddy literally anything is possible. Chase your dreams.

Mark Stoops has owned Carolina since he’s been at UK, and they will run all over this defense like they’re a substitute teacher in an inner-city school.

Kentucky 28 South Carolina 13

Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee

Michael: This line could lean another 10 points in favor of the Gators and I’d still struggle to come up with a way in which Tennessee covers against this Florida team. Jeremy Pruitt’s teams have shown no ability to compete against the elite competition it faces and Florida may be playing as well as any team in the country on offense. The only hope in this game for Vol Nation could come if Harrison Bailey starts and flashes some hope for the future. While a quarterback change may be desperately needed on Rocky Top, doing so is likely just going to play into the hands of Todd Grantham’s defense. It’s unfortunate Tennessee didn’t get Bailey more experience earlier. If you’ve given up watching Tennessee football this season (and who could blame you for that?), the defense struggles the most to stop slant passes and defend the middle of the field. Kadarius Toney and Kyle Pitts should post career numbers in this one.

Florida 45 Tennessee 13

Chris: I’m old enough to remember when this was the best game of the year in the SEC. Every year. Everyone looked forward to this rivalry. Fast forward to now, and this has to feel like jury duty or a trip to the DMV for Vols fans because it’s going to be absolutely miserable. They should honestly wear alternate unis for this game, but make it cargo shorts and a flannel shirt tied around their waist because they haven’t consistently been competitive in this game since OJ was innocent.

The good news is that Jeremy Pruitt is going to switch things up at QB. I’m kidding. He’s going to trot Guarantano out there once again, and single handedly raise the blood pressure in the whole damn state. I feel bad for Vols fans, but you have to respect how committed Pruitt is to JG. I wish I was as dedicated to anything and/or anyone as Pruitt is to mediocre QB play.

Florida 48 Tennessee 13

Texas A&M (-7) at Auburn

Michael: Don’t overreact to Texas A&M’s sloppy performance last weekend, this upcoming game sets up well for the Aggies. The strongest unit in College Station (the defensive front) well be going up against the weakest unit on The Plains (the offensive line) and if Tank Bigsby continues to be limited for Auburn, that’s going to be a huge issue in this game as Bo Nix has not consistently shown the capability to lead the Tigers to victory with his abilities as a passer. Things may not have gone well for A&M’s offense last weekend but even a marginally better performance by Kellen Mond in this game should be enough as the Aggie running game should be able to have its way with Auburn’s run defense. Look for Texas A&M to get Ainias Smith more involved this weekend.

Texas A&M 30 Auburn 21

Chris: I’m still confused on exactly how Kellen Mond could’ve played that badly last week vs LSU. LSU’s defense has been about as sturdy as Ikea furniture built by Stevie Wonder throughout most of the year until Mond went full 2019 Mond and gave a performance everyone would like to forget. I get the concern, and it’s not like Mond has been great on the road throughout his career, but the bar for solid QB play will be extremely low when he looks across the sidelines at Bo Nix.

The Aggies should run all over this Auburn defense that’s ranked 10th in the SEC against the run. And, that A&M D-Line is going to harass Nix all day.

Texas A&M 34 Auburn 23

Arkansas at Missouri (-3)

Michael: This could be the best game of the weekend in the SEC as the Battle Line “Rivalry” finally has some real juice following the offseason departure of Barry Odom, along with several Missouri assistants and commitments, to Arkansas. The coaches on each side of this game are saying all the right things leading up to the game but this could be a heated and emotional game come Saturday. The winner will be able to prove their program is ahead of the other heading into the offseason, which is not something that should be overlooked. Rakeem Boyd’s opt-out this week may have made headlines but that shouldn’t affect Arkansas as the running back hadn’t played in a month and Treylon Smith has been the best running back on the team this season. Sam Pittman says his team will be close to full strength this weekend, if that’s an accurate statement, Arkansas should win this game. Missouri has made clear strides this season but there have been some wild overreactions to the Tigers beating a Vanderbilt team that opted out of competing last weekend.

Arkansas 35 Missouri 28

Chris: Some crazy s*** has happened in 2020. Kanye ran for president, we found out that murder hornets were a thing, and we found UFO’s in like April and nobody ever talked about it because we were too busy watching Tiger King on Netflix.

Perhaps the only thing that’s surprised me more than black market big cat docs is the fact that Mizzou has quietly become a good football team in year 1 under Drinkwitz. This entire season is like watching someone go through puberty. Like 5 months ago Mizzou was a nerdy afterthought, and then they went away to summer camp and came back 6’3” with a voice like the guy from those Arby’s commercials.

Both of these teams have been great stories, and I was honestly surprised that Arkansas wasn’t favored. Vegas must know something. Plus, Mizzou is 4-0 SU and ATS at home this season. (Betting advice: take the under – it’s 11-2 in Mizzou’s last 13 and 7-1 in the last 8 in this series.)

Missouri 24 Arkansas 20

Alabama (-29.5) at LSU

Michael: The last thing you want to do in the SEC is to piss off Nick Saban. Considering the Alabama coach opened LSU week talking about the motivation that comes with being disrespected, LSU better be prepared for what’s coming on Saturday night. A quick Google search tells me that LSU suffered its worst loss in Tiger Stadium back in 1993 when Steve Spurrier’s Florida team beat LSU 58-3. Things may just get that ugly this weekend in Death Valley as LSU’s offense is now the side of the ball that’s struggling the most. Bo Pelini appears to have stopped the bleeding on his side of the ball but Alabama has exposed every defense it has faced this season. The 29-0 game two seasons ago was tough to watch, this one could be worse.

Alabama 52 LSU 10

Chris: Remember the Scott’s Tots episode of The Office where Michael Scott promised a bunch of high schoolers that he would pay their college tuition when they graduated. And, then that day came and he wasn’t able to follow through on his promise. Outside of that, or literally any politician, I can’t think of a bigger empty promise than what Coach O said in his infamous locker room speech in Bryant-Denny last year.

Don’t get me wrong I loved that video, and they deserved to celebrate which was basically their national championship before the one they won in NOLA. Fast forward a year later, and LSU hasn’t beat Bama’s ass in recruiting and they have about as good of a chance to beat Bama’s ass on the field as Coach O does singing opera or Bo Pelini does staying hired this offseason.

Saban is 12-2 in revenge games, and Bama has lost a total of 5 (FIVE!) games in Baton Rouge since 1958. The Tide don’t lose in Baton Rouge. And, recently the Tigers barely even show up considering they haven’t scored on Bama in Death Valley since 2014. Saban isn’t much for running up the score out of spite or embarrassing team’s on purpose. But, he will be this week. Bama will beat LSU worse than I beat my liver during a bachelor party in New Orleans or Jake Paul beat Nate Robinson last week.

Alabama 56 LSU 17