Week 2 Record (5-3) | Overall Record (20-4)
SEC Football Predictions would like to thank Arkansas for teaching us kids and adults of all ages that there’s a reason they play the games that seem like a waste of time. You know the ones. Games like Toledo at Arkansas where people predicting the game wrote one sentence stating there was nothing to say about the game and it will be a 42-7 Arkansas win. Oops.
At least Auburn didn’t allow Jacksonville State to win. Sure, the Gamecocks of the FCS out of Jacksonville, Alabama, lost in overtime, but Auburn showed the state of Alabama that it is at least the third or fourth best team in the state of Alabama. The Alabama team from Tuscaloosa gets flack for not playing teams like Jacksonville State and UAB and Samford. The smaller teams in the state not named Alabama or Auburn can thank Jacksonville State for killing any consideration of playing the Tide or Tigers in football in the near future.
We predicted two overtimes for Oklahoma and Tennessee and the wrong team won. Kirk Herbstreit followed our lead and picked Kentucky over South Carolina. Good call, Herbie.
Following a week at the beach for the predictor, this week’s picks will be popular because they will be abbreviated with less words and more to-the-point scores.
All Times Eastern | Utilizing AP Rankings until the College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings are released in October.
SEC Predictions | Week 3
Saturday, September 19, 2015
Nevada (1-1) at #17 Texas A&M (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
Noon ET | SEC Network
PREDICTION: Texas A&M 52, Nevada 10
UCONN (1-1) at Missouri (2-0, 1-0 SEC)
Noon ET | ESPN
PREDICTION: Missouri 28, UCONN 17
#18 Auburn (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at #13 LSU (1-0, 1-0 SEC)
3:30 PM ET | CBS
Big game words of wisdom: The media selected Auburn to win the conference at SEC Media Days in July and they may still be correct, but after a 2-0 start, the Tigers have dropped 12 spots to No. 18 in the polls. A win against LSU may send Auburn right out of the Top 25.
Of course, we know Auburn has looked awful in two wins and it appears they are on the cusp of a loss. This week could be the week that any fortune runs out for the Tigers from the Plains.
The team with the quarterback that is most willing to have a stat-line of 140 yards passing and a touchdown with no interceptions will be the winner. Brandon Harris has proven to be the quarterback willing to make plays that are the best option long-term and Jeremy Johnson has not. Johnson may turn the corner at some point, but Death Valley (day or night) will not be that corner.
PREDICTION: LSU 20, Auburn 13
Northwestern State (0-2) at Mississippi State (1-1, 1-1 SEC)
4:00 PM ET | SEC Network
PREDICTION: Mississippi State 63, Northwestern State 0
Austin Peay (0-2) at Vanderbilt (0-2, 0-1 SEC)
4:00 PM ET | SEC Network/Alt
PREDICTION: Vanderbilt 21, Austin Peay 0
South Carolina (1-1, 0-1 SEC) at #7 Georgia (2-0, 1-0 SEC)
6:00 PM ET | ESPN
Big game word of wisdom: Tonight will be the night that we will say the players have quit on Spurrier or we will scratch our heads raw trying to figure out Georgia’s major malfunction. It will more than likely be the former and Spurrier will join the class of legendary coaches that feel their past success can’t keep up with future results. This one will get UGA-ly.
PREDICTION: Georgia 45, South Carolina 7
Texas Tech (2-0) at Arkansas (1-1, 0-0 SEC)
7:00 PM ET | ESPN2
Quick word of wisdom: Sometimes home field is an advantage. I’m not sure that will be the case this week as the Hogs will feel the pressure from the home fans to not replicate last week’s debacle in Little Rock against Toledo. This game could send Arkansas down a nasty path of self-destruction. Time for Hog fans to hit the Woo Pig Panic button.
PREDICTION: Texas Tech 34, Arkansas 24
Western Carolina (1-1) at # Tennessee (1-1, 0-0 SEC)
7:00 PM ET | ESPNU
PREDICTION: Tennessee 42, Western Carolina 14
Kentucky (2-0, 1-0 SEC) at Florida (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
7:30 PM ET | SEC Network
Quick word of wisdom: That monkey in the Florida hat running around Lexington late Saturday night will be the one that just jumped off the back of the Wildcats.
PREDICTION: Kentucky 31, Florida 21
#15 Ole Miss (2-0, 0-0 SEC) at #2 Alabama (2-0, 0-0 SEC)
8:15 p.m. ET | ESPN
Big game words of wisdom: Ole Miss is averaging 74.5 points per game. Alabama is giving up 13.5 points per game. Take those stats and toss them out the window. This game will start late and end late and will go down as one of the best of the season.
Ole Miss will jump out to a 14-0 lead early, but Alabama comes back in the second quarter to even things up and it will be 21-21 at the half. The fourth quarter will end in a tie as well as Alabama jumps up 35-21 in the third quarter before the Rebels score late to send the game to overtime.
Alabama wins following Adam Griffith’s first made field goal of the season after a Cyrus Jones interception in the first possession of overtime. This one will drain both teams physically and emotionally.
PREDICTION: Alabama 38, Ole Miss 35 (OT)
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