Week 6 has us watching SEC football the way God intended — no non-conference garbage on the schedule. Just six SEC games and a wonderful Saturday. How’re we celebrating it? By getting bold.
Last week’s rhymes forecast Alabama beating the ever-loving crap out of Ole Miss and Butch Jones’s seat getting devilishly hot. We missed on Troy, but we did say it would be a competitive game in the middle of the fourth quarter — just didn’t anticipate it being LSU playing catch-up.
But this week, we’re going bold and unbeaten. Here goes nothing:
Hurts hurts the Aggies
Predicting Alabama to win is like predicting the sun to come up. We’ve got to get crazy and call 50-point thrashings or big passing days to get wild. So yes, there you go. Jalen and Tua throw for 350. A&M is a pretty good defense against the run, but it has allowed almost 300 yards per game passing. If you watched Josh Rosen do his Brett Favre imitation in Week 1, you know the Aggies can’t stop a pass play. So that’s where we’re going.
A home SEC underdog? Somebody’s getting too Cocky
Yes, South Carolina’s offense has been painful at times without Deebo Samuel. Yes, Arkansas has moved the ball against bad competition. But no, the Razorbacks should not be a road favorite in Columbia.
Give us Carolina by a touchdown, with Jake Bentley being the late-game hero. As easy as it is to pick on the East, the bottom line is that it’s Alabama and then everybody else. A middle-lower middle East team will claim the day against a middle-lower middle West team.
In three weeks, LSU struggles with Syracuse, tumbles to Troy … and flushes Florida
Look, this isn’t the Florida team that held opponents to almost nothing on the ground last season. Derrius Guice will find plenty of running room. Florida has lived dangerously all season, and an angry LSU team will handle the Gators by two touchdowns. So maybe the West really is better than the East after all.
600 yards in Week 6 for the Tigers
Auburn is coming to life, and the guess here is that move continues against a shaky Ole Miss defense. Getting decimated physically and mentally by Alabama isn’t going to make those guys any better. Meanwhile, the same Tigers team that ran all over Mississippi State will complete their state domination against the Rebels. Give me Auburn by 40 — and 600 yards of total offense.
We were up on Vanderbilt when a lot of people were down. Then everybody else got on board and the boat capsized. But an 11 a.m. kickoff against a Georgia team that’s spent two weeks hearing how good it is makes for the kind of environment that is ripe for an upset.
Not saying the Commodores steal this game, because they won’t get enough out of the ground game to do it. But this has a 20-14 kind of feel to it. If UGA does go 12-0, this is one the Dawgs look back on and realize they just flat escaped.
Kentucky not only gets 30, it gets 40
Kentucky has been singularly boring on offense, failing to reach 30 points against a middling CUSA team, an FCS team, and a middling MAC team. But the Wildcats will get it going against Missouri on Saturday. This Missouri team looks like it is playing two-hand touch on defense. The same Kentucky offense that ran or passed at will at Mizzou last year will show up in Lexington. Kentucky gets 40, and wins 41-20 in a game that really isn’t that close.