With South Carolina on a bye this week, lets take a look at the rest of the action in the SEC this week.
#5 Georgia @ Kentucky
12:00, SEC Network
Line: Georgia -17
Georgia currently holds a 10 game win streak in this matchup, and it would be hard to argue that it will come to an end this year.
Game 5 Trailer: The Hunt pic.twitter.com/8IBIQSZY4s— Georgia Football (@GeorgiaFootball) October 29, 2020
The Bulldogs are coming off of a bye week after their loss to Alabama, so they will be well rested and prepared for this matchup.
Kentucky will have a new face at quarterback this week, as Auburn transfer Joey Gatewood will be making his first start as a Wildcat.
The Georgia defense is one of the best units in the nation, only making things that much harder for Gatewood and the Kentucky offense. The Kentucky defense has been respectable for the most part this year, but the offense will likely have a real hard time getting things going this week.
This one might be a game going into the second half, but Georgia will pull away late and win by a decent margin.
Prediction: Georgia 34-7 (Georgia -17)
LSU @ Auburn
Line: LSU -3
A game-winning FG to remember in Auburn #TBT pic.twitter.com/ctPHIxAFrp— LSU Football (@LSUfootball) October 29, 2020
The SEC on CBS game of the week for week six is the Tiger Bowl. This matchup has been very competitive in recent years, as each matchup since 2015 has been decided by five points or less.
Even last season when LSU seemingly ran through every opponent with ease, Auburn kept the game within 3 points.
This year is shaping up to be another barn burner, but it might look like a Big 12 affair. Both defenses have been quite disappointing, which is very unusual for these two SEC heavyweights.
While Bo Nix has struggled a bit, he has been a much better QB at home than he has on the road through his career. Plus, the LSU defense has allowed over 470 yards per game so far, so Auburn should put up some points.
The LSU offense is averaging close to 500 yards per game, so I expect these teams to light up the scoreboard on Saturday.
It should be a close one, but I see LSU pulling it out late.
Prediction: LSU 41-38 (Push)
Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt
4:00, SEC Network
Line: Ole Miss -16.5
After a controversial loss last week, Ole Miss has a good opportunity to bounce back and regain some momentum.
Vanderbilt hasn’t played a game since October 10th due to Coronavirus implications, so they will be well rested. With that said, Vanderbilt is still not a very good football team.
Vanderbilt is only scoring eight points per game and allowing 33, so Lane Kiffin’s team would have to have a serious meltdown for this game to be close.
The Ole Miss offense especially should have a field day, and the starters might be out by the 4th quarter. As for Vanderbilt, this week would be as good as any to finally put up some points.
The Ole Miss defense is one of the worst in the country so far, and is allowing over 550 yards per game.
Vandy will have a better offensive outing than usual, but it wont be enough to keep this one close.
Prediction: Ole Miss 48-17 (Ole Miss -16.5)
Mississippi State @ #2 Alabama
7:00 on ESPN
Line: Alabama -30.5
Alabama and Mississippi State have faced off 103 times since 1897, and Alabama has won 82 of those meetings.
TURNOVER THURSDAY!!#BamaFactor #RollTide pic.twitter.com/t9ODKzRZQf— Alabama Football (@AlabamaFTBL) October 29, 2020
With the spread being over 30 points, theres not many who expect this one to be very close either. There is a sort of a wild card, however, as Mike Leach will introduce Nick Saban to the air raid offense.
Saban has never played a true air raid offense before, so it will be interesting to see how it goes.
With that said, the Mississippi State offense has been frankly terrible since week one. So bad in fact, that the quarterback position is up for grabs and true freshman Will Rogers may have taken the starting job from KJ Costello already.
The Mississippi State defense has been very good thus far, but the Crimson Tide offense is a well oiled machine that shows no signs of slowing down.
Mississippi State will need some air raid magic to keep this one close, but don’t be surprised if they put up some points.
Prediction: Alabama 45-21 (Mississippi State +30.5)
Arkansas @ #8 Texas A&M
7:30, SEC Network
Line: Texas A&M -12
These two rivals usually play a neutral site game at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, but due to coronavirus, this matchup is being played at Texas A&M’s home field.
𝕭𝖊𝖜𝖆𝖗𝖊 𝖙𝖍𝖊 𝖋𝖚𝖑𝖑 𝖒𝖔𝖔𝖓… 🌕#BTHOArkansas | #GigEm pic.twitter.com/vgEgJ2oUfX— Texas A&M Football (@AggieFootball) October 29, 2020
Neither team played last week, so both teams should be went rested and prepared. Arkansas has been arguably the most surprising team in the SEC so far. Many experts thought they might finish the year 0-10, but they are already off to a 2-2 start.
The Aggies got off to a slow start, scraping by Vanderbilt and getting blown out by Alabama, but since then they have hit their stride. A signature win over Top 5 Florida and another solid victory over Mississippi State has Jimbo Fisher’s team sitting at 3-1.
However, Arkansas is a gritty team under Sam Pittman and I am sure that they will come out of the gates swinging in this rivalry game that the Razorbacks haven’t won since 2011.
Texas A&M wins, but Arkansas covers and this game could be one to watch for an upset.
Prediction: Texas A&M 28-24 (Arkansas +12)
Missouri @ #10 Florida
7:30, SEC Network Alternate
Line: Florida -12.5
Since Missouri joined the SEC East in 2012, the series between these two teams is surprisingly tied at 4-4. The Tigers have undoubtedly had the Gators number in recent seasons. This 2020 matchup could provide for another possible trap game for Florida.
See 'em on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/FTalyzfiG9— Florida Gators Football (@GatorsFB) October 26, 2020
The Gators haven’t played since October 10 due to coronavirus implications, and will have some players out for this game too.
Meanwhile, Missouri has gotten hot as of late.
After starting 0-2, the Tigers rattled off two straight wins over LSU and Kentucky, both games that they were underdogs in.
It will be interesting to see if Florida comes out flat at all after having the program shut down for that amount of time.
If they do, Missouri could take advantage early and Florida may have to play from behind.
This has potential to be an interesting matchup, but the Gators have clear advantages all over the field, and realistically should win this one.
Prediction: Florida 35-24 (Missouri +12.5)