We made it, folks. Game-week is finally here in SEC Country.
Let’s take a look at the SEC slate for this Saturday, with the exception of the South Carolina-Tennessee matchup which will be gone over in depth later this week.
#23 Kentucky @ #8 Auburn
12:00 on SEC Network
Line: Auburn -10.5
The only ranked matchup in the SEC this week, this one should be a great game.
Kentucky sneakily returns a lot of starters from last years team, and also returns an actual Quarterback in the form of Terry Wilson.
Y'all. We're 9 days from SEC football.— SDS Podcast (@TheSDSPod) September 17, 2020
In honor of that, here's that time when our favorite neighbor, Terry Wilson, walked off against Mizzou:pic.twitter.com/ewipU9VEG5
The Wildcats defense should be one of the best in the nation, as they return eight starters from their top 15 unit in 2019.
This Kentucky team might be as good as their 2018 squad, which finished 10-3.
On the other side, Auburn loses almost all of their firepower on both sides of the ball.
However, talented QB Bo Nix is back for his second year under Malzahn and should definitely show improvement.
Playmakers will need to step up quickly on both offense and defense for Auburn, or else this season could be a disappointment.
With that said, Bo Nix steps up and Auburn wins a close one towards the end.
Prediction: Auburn 24-20 (Kentucky +10.5)
#5 Florida @ Ole Miss
12:00 on ESPN
Line: Florida -14.5
A possible trap game for Dan Mullen’s Gators.
Ole Miss has yet to name a starting QB and the Florida defense should expect to see both of them in the game at some point this Saturday.
Both are talented options, as Matt Corral was a top 75 recruit and is the better thrower, while John Rhys Plumlee is the superior dual threat.
In any case, the Ole Miss offense should give the Gators defense some trouble.
Kyle Trask and Kyle Pitts will lead the Gators on offense, but will need new faces at wide receiver to step up as other options.
On defense, Florida returns 6 starters from last year and has the talent to be a Top 25 unit.
The Ole Miss defense should struggle early this year and Dan Mullen’s team should cruise to a double digit victory to start the year off.
Prediction: Florida 37-20 (Florida -14.5)
Mississippi State @ #6 LSU
3:30 on CBS
Line: LSU -16.5
Lots of new faces all over the field for this matchup, most notably Mike Leach on the Bulldogs sideline.
The air raid aficionado makes his way to the SEC, and caught a tough draw for his first contest.
The defending champs lose a lot of production, but have a lot of talent waiting for their opportunity.
Myles Brennan takes the reigns for LSU and has big shoes to fill, but coaches at LSU are confident in his ability.
Derek Stingley returns at cornerback for the Tigers and is one of the best overall players in the country.
For the Bulldogs, Stanford transfer quarterback KJ Costello will be leading the offense and has high expectations.
Mississippi State is going to have a very potent passing attack this year, but LSU is too talented to lose this week one matchup.
Prediction: LSU 38-24 (Mississippi State +16.5)
#4 Georgia @ Arkansas
4:00 on SEC Network
Line: Georgia -26.5
A whole new regime for Arkansas this season, out goes Chad Morris, in comes Sam Pittman.
People inside the university are confident that Pittman will bring Arkansas back out of the SEC cellar and onto the national stage, but it certainly will not be this season.
Adding Felipe Franks from Florida will help the immediate situation, but there are too many holes on the team to be able to compete with a team like Georgia week one.
The Bulldogs have one of the best defense in the nation, and are transitioning into a more up-tempo, spread style offense designed to put up huge numbers.
Georgia has a QB battle going on between JT Daniels and D’wan Mathis but either one of them will be in position to succeed immediately.
Bulldogs cruise and their starters get to rest for most of the fourth quarter.
Prediction: Georgia 38-6 (Georgia -26.5)
#2 Alabama @ Missouri
7:00 on ESPN
Line: Alabama -27
Another new head coach in the SEC, Eli Drinkwitz comes in to replace Barry Odom at Missouri and has quite a tough road ahead this season.
No out of conference games does not help, and starting off your career with Alabama is as tough as it gets.
On the other sideline, Alabama returns after missing the college football playoff for the first time since its inception.
Mac Jones has beat out five star Bryce Young for the starting quarterback job, and the rest of the team is as good as any Alabama team has been in recent years.
BREAKING: Mac Jones named Alabama’s starting quarterback – https://t.co/xFSJbfGebq— Judy Bird (@rjajjb) September 22, 2020
The Crimson Tide rolls through Columbia, MO with little or no problem at all.
Prediction: Alabama 48-10 (Alabama -27)
Vanderbilt @ #10 Texas A&M
7:30 on SEC Network Alt
Line: Texas A&M -31
Jimbo Fisher has arguably his best team in College Station that he has had so far. Mixed with talent and experience, the roster is primed for a breakout season.
However, there have been a couple of key opt outs, but the Aggies are deep enough to replace them on short notice. Kellen Mond is back at QB again and is ready to show he can be the leader of a Top 15 team.
What a 3rd down toss by QB Kellen Mond last night.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) August 30, 2019
Yes, it came against Texas State, but there’s isn’t a CFB defense that can defend that placement. pic.twitter.com/ZBSOe5BR67
On the other side, Derek Mason is back again at Vandy but his job is not very secure. If it weren’t for the finances lost due to covid, he would probably have one of the hottest seats in the nation.
The team also loses almost all of their key playmakers from 2019, and the Commodores are set up for a possible 0-10 campaign.
Aggies defeat Vandy with no issue here.