Week 10 in the SEC is a loaded one. Ten teams this weekend will be active including four different conference showdowns. This week will finally reveal who will likely win the SEC East.
12pm SECN: UTSA 3-4 (2-2) @ Texas A&M 5-3 (3-2)
UTSA is not a formidable opponent for the Aggies at home. They’ve won two out of their last three, all conference games. They’re currently using the backup quarterback Lowell Narcisse who advertises as a duel threat quarterback.
Texas has righted the ship this season after two good wins against the Mississippi schools. They dominated the Bulldogs last week led by junior quarterback Kellen Mond. Mond had by far his best game of the season throwing for 234 yards and three touchdowns.
The Aggies should easily walk through their game this week. Barring a miracle this game should be little more than a bye week.
Prediction: UTSA 7, Texas A&M 45
3:30pm CBS: No.8 Georgia 6-1 (3-1) @ No.6 Florida 7-1 (4-1)
Georgia is coming off fresh from a bye week, one that was much needed. After the shocking upset at the hands of South Carolina, the Bulldogs stumbled their way to victory against Kentucky the following week.
Florida also is coming off a bye week after seeing that same Gamecock team on the road. While the Gators came away with the victory, it wasn’t all that convincing of a win and was argued by the Gamecock fanbase to have been heavily aided by officiating.
The Swamp is in for a good one Saturday. Both teams are coming off fresh from bye weeks and are playing the biggest game of their regular season. The winner is almost assuredly going to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship game. Georgia gets it turned around and wins its third in a row against Florida.
Prediction: Georgia 24, Florida 20
4pm SECN: Mississippi State 3-5 (1-4) @ Arkansas 2-6 (0-5)
Mississippi State got dominated by Texas A&M on the road last week. The Aggies never really had much of a worry on route to a 49-30 win over the Bulldogs. MSU couldn’t get out of their own way as they turned the ball over three times.
Arkansas had an even uglier game against the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. The Razorbacks didn’t manage a score until later in the fourth quarter during garbage time. Even with Alabama starting slow, the score at halftime was still 41-0.
Both teams are coming off a poor performance last week. Both are desperate for an SEC win. It will likely be an ugly game to watch with the losing team’s coach having a very hot seat.
Prediction: Mississippi State 24, Arkansas 27
7pm ESPN: Ole Miss 3-5 (2-3) @ No.11 Auburn 6-2 (3-2)
Ole Miss is coming off a much needed bye week. The Rebels starting quarterback, runningback, backup runningback, two starting receivers and two offensive linemen all came off with injuries during the Texas A&M game two weeks ago. The off week was very important.
For the second time this season the Tigers fell to a top 10 team on the road. The schedule has not been kind to Auburn but they have fought hard and come very close in both of their losses this season.
Auburn’s very talented defensive line will overpower the undermanned, undertalented Ole Miss offensive line. Ole Miss’s defense has looked much better this season but will still not be able to do near enough to get a win for the Rebs.
Prediction: Ole Miss 17, Auburn 42
7pm ESPNU: UAB 6-1 (3-1) @ Tennessee 3-5 (2-3)
UAB comes into Knoxville boasting an impressive 6-1 record, the lone loss came on the road against Western Kentucky. They’ve done most of their damage through the air balanced by a respectable enough defense. The Blazers are currently tied for second in the C-USA West.
Tennessee is coming off a thumping of South Carolina last week. What was a back and forth battle in the first half quickly turned into a thrashing by Tennessee in the second half who once again was forced to juggle two quarterbacks.
A few weeks ago it would’ve been entirely reasonable to predict this one going in UAB’s favor. But Tennessee might actually be turning things around. They’ve flat out outplayed Mississippi State and South Carolina and even put up a good fight against Alabama in their last three games.
Prediction: UAB 14, Tennessee 34
7:30pm SECN: Vanderbilt 2-5 (1-3) @ South Carolina 3-5 (2-4)
Vanderbilt fans as well as coach Derek Mason were quite jazzed up about knocking off top 25 ranked Missouri at home two weeks ago. That same Missouri team got absolutely dominated last week at Kentucky. Turns out it may just be that the Tigers can’t play away from home.
South Carolina meanwhile has dropped both games since the memorable morning between the hedges knocking off then No.3 Georgia. They played a hard-fought game in the loss to Florida before losing to Tennessee by 20 last week.
While the records may reflect similarly talented teams, South Carolina should still be the heavy favorite. Look for Carolina to bounce back this week and take care of business against a Vanderbilt team that before the Missouri game looked like they’d thrown in the towel this season.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 13, South Carolina 31
*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time
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