Alabama vs. Missouri
Missouri is without its starting quarterback, have a banged up offensive line, and have had a hard time adjusting to the SEC. Now, they get Alabama at home… off a bye week. This will not be pretty at all. Look for the Tide to work out kinks in this scrimmage.
South Carolina vs. LSU
LSU’s offense is pathetic. The Tigers could not get out of their own way last week, dooming any chance this team had for a win, even though the defense was outstanding. By contrast, South Carolina won one of the biggest games ever for the program in convincing fashion. South Carolina absolutely mauled Georgia, the same Georgia team that leads the SEC in offense. Now, they get to take on the worst offense in the SEC. LSU’s offensive problems are wide spread: the receivers cannot catch, the offensive line has only one starter from the opening season roster playing at his natural spot, an inexperienced quarterback that has made mistakes, and some questionable play calling. With all of those problems, the Tigers now face the best defensive end tandem in the country. That is trouble for any offensive line, but especially one as banged up as LSU. LSU’s defense has been dominant, and because of that, they will always have a chance, but it will be a difficult task.
South Carolina 24-9
Auburn vs. Ole Miss
Ole Miss lost a heartbreaker against Texas A&M after leading late in the fourth quarter. That has been the theme for Ole Miss this season, a very improved team, but not good enough to close out wins. The same cannot be said for Auburn. It has been miserable on the Plains this season. The Tigers are 1-4 on the season, with that one win being an overtime victory over ULM. To make matters worse, Auburn let the disaster known as Arkansas gave them a beat down last week. It is one thing to be a bad team, but to lose to Arkansas (who has by and large given up on the season) is just a tragedy. Ole Miss is searching for their first SEC win in two years. The countdown clock ends here.
Ole Miss 31-13
Texas A&M vs. Louisiana Tech
The only non-conference game is also the only other ranked vs. ranked game in the league. A&M and Tech were originally supposed to play on the opening weekend of the season, but it was pushed back due to Hurricane Isaac. The Aggies come in 4-1 on the season and have transitioned into the SEC better than anyone thought they could. Louisiana Tech is undefeated and already has wins over BCS schools Illinois and Virginia, so they will not be intimidated in this game. It is a pseudo home game for Tech, being in Shreveport. At the beginning of the season, this one had the making of an upset. People didn’t know what to expect from A&M, and La. Tech could have caught them looking forward to Florida. The same could happen this week with LSU coming up, but Tech should have their full attention.
Texas A&M 38-27
Tennessee vs. Mississippi State
There is a buzz around Mississippi State. They are 5-0 and could make it to Tuscaloosa 7-0 to face the Tide. The only thing in their way is Tennessee. The Vols hit a rough patch after opening up strong against N.C. State. Both teams need the win, but State needs it more. No matter the state of the program, a win over Tennessee is another notch over an established program. State is more balanced on offense and has a better defense that should carry them over the Vols.
Miss. St. 24-21
Kentucky vs. Arkansas
Last week, Arkansas picked up a little confidence with their win over Auburn. While their defense is still suspect, the Hogs are still very talented on offense. When the team doesn’t give up they are a tough out. That is not good news for Kentucky. The Wildcats don’t match up with Arkansas’s total talent, and they have been hit hard by injuries, including two quarterbacks and two running backs. The combination will be too much for Kentucky to overcome.
Florida vs. Vanderbilt
If there was any week for Vandy to pick its second SEC win of the season, this would be it. Vandy defeated Missouri at home and Florida is primed for a letdown after the big win against LSU. However, even with a lackluster effort, Florida’s defense should have no problem shutting down the Vanderbilt offense. The Gators continue their winning ways.
What do you think of the LSU-South Carolina matchup? Will the Gamecocks continue to roll, or will the Tigers reestablish their dominance in the SEC? Let us know in the comments!