Since last November, this weekend has been highlighted as THE game of the season. In a matter of  hours, Alabama will seek to avenge their lost to Texas A&M, the only one from last season. While that  game fills up the marquee, there are a number of interesting games on the SEC docket.]

Against National Contenders

Louisville vs. Kentucky

While known more for the rivalry on the court, the gridiron version has produced its share of good  games. This will not be one of them. This one is about Louisville’s quarterback Teddy Bridgewater  padding his stats over another SEC defense. Louisville 49-9

Tennessee vs. Oregon

A rare Pac-12/SEC matchup, Tennessee will be the first team Oregon plays that has a pulse…but not  much of one. The Vols will put up a fight and may be able to push the Ducks around for a while, but Oregon will wear them down and put this one away. Oregon 41-27

Ole Miss vs. Texas

Last week was not a good one for Texas. The Longhorns gave up 550 RUSHING yards to BYU, 259 of  those to the Cougars’ quarterback. After such a horrible showing, Texas Head Coach Mack Brown fired his defensive coordinator. The new look Texas defense welcomes in Ole Miss, whom Texas smashed last  year 66-31. Unfortunately for them, this Ole Miss team has vastly improved from last year, and they run  a similar scheme as BYU. The Rebels are going to get a program changing win. Ole Miss 38-31

Conference Appetizers

Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina

Vandy opened the season with a heartbreaking loss to Ole Miss, while South Carolina is coming off a disappointing performance against Georgia. For Vanderbilt, the program is still looking for a win that signifies they have taken the next step in the SEC. Beating one of the favorites to win the SEC East would  go a long way. South Carolina is now painted into a corner. With the loss to Georgia they cannot suffer another one (particularly in the East) and still get to Atlanta. These two teams played a tough game last year. This one won’t be any different and neither will the outcome. South Carolina escapes 24-21

Mississippi State vs. Auburn

For a long time, the narrative in Starkville was that Dan Mullen could not beat one of the powers in the SEC West. That is, until last year when the Bulldogs beat a horrible Auburn team. The win didn’t mean much because Auburn was horrible and ended the season by firing their coach. This year the Bulldogs head down to the Plains to face the new look Auburn under former offensive coordinator Gus Malzhan. The perception of Mississippi State not beating the good teams in the SEC will rear its head again, as the Tigers get their first SEC win in a year. Auburn 38-24

The Game
Alabama vs. Texas A&M

Last year the Aggies gave the Crimson Tide their lone loss in their second straight championship season. Since that time it has been on everyone’s mind, including Nick Saban. The game could be found on loop in the Alabama locker room throughout the summer. Alabama doesn’t have to worry about coming out flat after an emotional (and physical) win like last year, but Alabama has real questions about their offense. In the one game they have played, their offensive line was not in sync and it affected every other part of their game. As bad as The Tide’s offense has looked, Texas A&M’s defense has matched it. The Aggies have had several defensive starters suspended in the first two games. With that said, the Aggies gave up 899 yards in the first two games to bad teams. The Aggies can score points, which should keep them in many games, but defense is the Tide’s strong suit. It is strength on strength and weaknesson weakness in this game. Apparently Johnny Manziel has improved, which should be scary to Alabama fans, but Saban has been working on this game all summer. That is the chess match to watch, how does Alabama counter A&M’s offense and vice versa. In the end, Alabama will force some mistakes out of Johnny Manziel to set up a couple of easy scores. Alabama wins 37-31