SEC Week 6 Predictions

LSU’s on the Open Date, so the focus this week will be how Florida reacts to the Ole Miss loss and how Alabama reacts to the Georgia win and all their new-found hype. The Florida game is most critical, of course, as the Tigers are getting ready for a trip down to The Swamp next week.

No. 29 Kentucky at No. 3.5 Alabama: It’s telling that 4-0 Kentucky can’t crack the Top 25, but 4-0 Vandy has. The Wildcats have played absolutely nobody, somehow managing to stretch their first actual test out to October. So there’s not much point in analyzing Kentucky’s past performance, and no reason to expect Alabama to be down enough to lose the game.

Bama 28 – 10

No. 12 Florida at Arkansas: So you’re the worst team in the SEC and have been pummeled for two straight weeks by now-Top 5 teams by a combined score of 24 – 101. And this week you welcome in the team that fumbled away its shot at a No. 2 ranking last week – but still rang up 443 yards of offense in the loss. This can’t end well. I’ll be watching to study the puzzling Florida offense (only 5th in total offense despite their ample weapons) to see what LSU might expect next week.

Gators 63 – 10

No. 13.5 Auburn at No. 19 Vanderbilt: Game Day’s in Nashville, I hear. What has the world come to? Vandy has done great early in the season, beating South Carolina and Ole Miss to go 4-0. Good for them. And Vandy’s strength is rushing (No. 3 in the SEC), which offers better prospects on paper now that Auburn’s rush defense has slipped to No. 6 in the conference. But the problem is that Vandy has the SEC’s worst total defense and worst pass defense. It’s the perfect time for Auburn to roll back out the non-spread offense and take advantage.

War Eagles 27 – 17

South Carolina at Ole Miss: Tough one to pick here. The Rebels are riding high and threw 325 yards down on the Gators last week. The Cocks haven’t looked particularly good in any game this year, but they do hold the No. 1 total defense in the SEC. I’ll go with excitement over chaos.

Ole Miss 19 – 17

Northern Illinois at Tennessee: The utter disarray in Knoxville makes Northern Illinois a tempting pick. The Huskies lost by 4 to Minnesota to open the season, and I’m not sure Tennessee could beat Minnesota. But ultimately, I think a tiny bit of healing is in order this weekend for the Vols.

Tennessee 9 – 6

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