It’s all coming to an end…
Only two weeks left in the regular season of the SEC. It has gone by quickly and, as always, has had its fair of surprises. Neither division is wrapped up yet and won’t be in the West until next week. In the East, Missouri has to win out to make their first SEC trip. That will be easier said than done. Outside of the championship picture, the rest of the league is jockeying for bowl position and playing for pride. Enjoy this round of games; we’re almost out of them already.
Chattanooga @ Alabama
This amounts to another bye week for Bama. “Get up early, no one get hurt, and put in the young guys” is the theme for this game. Then it is on to the first Iron Bowl that decides the winner of the SEC West.
Coastal Carolina @ South Carolina
After escaping a floundering Florida team, South Carolina catches a break. They’ll cruise to this win, even if they are looking ahead to Clemson. They will also be pulling for Missouri to lose so they can make their Atlanta plans.
Georgia Southern @ Florida
The Gators have struggled mightily all year. They did muster up some pride and gave South Carolina a dog fight, but couldn’t pull it through. Sitting at 4-6, Florida needs to win the next two games. Unfortunately, next week Florida State comes to the Swamp. Enjoy the last win of the season, Gator. Next week could get ugly. Florida wins.
Mississippi State @ Arkansas
Despite the score, Mississippi State played Alabama as tough as anyone all year…on defense at least. Their offense couldn’t make anything happen in order to put pressure on Alabama. After a good effort, State gets rewarded with a body bag in the form of Arkansas. There are only so many ways to say that Arkansas isn’t any good, and most have been exhausted already. Just know that the Hogs aren’t winning this year. Mississippi State 34-13.
Kentucky @ Georgia
Has anyone had a worse year than Georgia? Finally getting over all of the injuries, they mount a comeback for the ages against Auburn, to lose on the luckiest of plays. It has to sting, especially after the moxie showed by Aaron Murray to take the lead before the miracle play. The frustration from that game will be taken out on Kentucky. The Wildcats have been out manned all year, but have been scrappy. Georgia comes out with a chip on their shoulder from last week and easily take care of Kentucky. Georgia 38-17.
Missouri @ Ole Miss
Missouri controls its own destiny. Win the last two conference games and head to Atlanta for the SEC Championship. The first obstacle is a trip to Oxford for Ole Miss. The Rebels have been on a four game win streak, but the competition has not been the best during that stretch. Missouri will be the best defense Ole Miss has played this half of the season. If the Truman Tigers can stifle Ole Miss’s running game it will determine the outcome. Without a productive running game, Ole Miss Quarterback Bo Wallace struggles and that can be the opening Missouri needs. Missouri 34-24.
Texas A&M @ LSU
Last October, Johnny Manziel’s worst game came against the LSU Tigers in Kyle Field. Last November, Johnny Football was truly born beating a perennial SEC power on their home field. This year, Manziel gets a chance to squash his (watered down) demons from last year in Tiger Stadium. With Manziel and Sumlin the Aggies have yet to lose a road game. Under Les Miles, LSU has only lost back-to-back games once. Something has to give in this one. The Tigers laid the blueprint to beating Manziel last year, but Manziel has gotten better throwing the ball and this is not last year’s Tiger defense. No pass rush, no turnovers, and blown coverages have been the specialty of this unit. Manziel will score a ton of points on LSU. The question is if LSU can match that. As bad as LSU’s defense has been, A&M has been much worse on that side of the ball this year. Expect LSU to pound the football on the Aggies. It is hard to pick against Manziel, but LSU has played better at home and has the better defense. If you like defensive football, this is NOT the game for you. LSU 44-40.