It was an electric weekend in the SEC last week and the hopes are for more excitement in week 12. There were thrilling highs mixed with shocking lows across the conference. We’ll break down this weekends games.
12pm ESPN: No.5 Alabama 8-1 (5-1) @ Mississippi State 4-5 (2-4)
Alabama got the shock most football fans outside of the state of Alabama were hoping for last week. LSU came to town and by and large dominated the Tide for 60 minutes. The defense was unable to make stops and the offense came up just short in the closing minutes.
Mississippi State got a bye week last week after obliterating Arkansas the week before. The 54-24 win was the first in 5 games for the Bulldogs amidst a season that has turned into a fight to make a bowl game.
Alabama coming off a loss at home to rivals in LSU which means they’ll come out angry and ready to dominate. The spread has hovered right around 20 for most of the week and Alabama should easily cover.
Prediction: Alabama 52, Mississippi State 17
12pm CBS: No.11 Florida 8-2 (5-2) @ Missouri 5-4 (2-3)
Florida absolutely walked all over Vanderbilt last week. The Commodores played football for 15 minutes before letting Florida score 56 and easily win the game.
Missouri got shutout by Georgia in Athens. They’ve now lost three in a row, two against inferior opponents and all on the road. They still haven’t been able to figure out how to play on the road and now have a fair possibility of missing out on the postseason.
The difference for Missouri for the first time in weeks is that they’ll be playing in Columbia. The Tigers are a different team at home. They also will get starting quarterback Kelly Bryant back after he suffered an injury in the Kentucky game. Missouri will have to play superb on offense but the defense should be able to do enough to keep them close and give them a chance.
Prediction: Florida 23, Missouri 24
3:30pm CBS: No.4 Georgia 8-1 (5-1) @ No.12 Auburn 7-2 (4-2)
Georgia’s dominant defense continues to be the story of the season. Last week against Missouri was the third opponent they’ve shut out in a game this year. The offense has been a little sleepy since the 43-14 performance against Tennessee last month but has done enough to get the W’s.
Auburn had themselves a bye week last week after a close call against Ole Miss the week before. What most thought would be a blowout quickly turned into a nail biter that went down to the very end. The offense was stumped for most of the game against an Ole Miss defense that ranks towards the bottom of the SEC in scoring defense.
This game won’t have quite the firepower of the LSU/Alabama had from last week. In fact, it might be much the opposite. Instead of the gun-slinging 1,000 yards of offense we’ll likely be getting a war of attrition and a hard-fought defensive game. This game really could go either way.
Prediction: Georgia 17, Auburn 20
3:30pm SECN: Kentucky 4-5 (2-5) @ Vanderbilt 2-7 (1-5)
Kentucky’s rocky season took a turn downwards last week as they came up short at home against Tennessee. The offense never got going and couldn’t muster up enough to beat the Vols. Wildcat fans will be hoping the experiment goes better this week against a bad Vanderbilt squad.
Vanderbilt’s dead beat of a season continued last week in an embarrassing performance against Florida. The little heartbeat we heard a few weeks back in the upset against Missouri now seems so long ago. The Commodores have scored just one time since that game.
Even Kentucky’s confusing jumble of an offense should find some good success against Vanderbilt’s terrible defense. Kentucky probably will even have some fun passing as Vanderbilt’s defense ranks 13th in the SEC in rush, pass, total yards and points allowed this season.
Prediction: Kentucky 31, Vanderbilt 14
7pm ESPN: No.1 LSU 9-0 (5-0) @ Ole Miss 4-6 (2-4)
What more needs to be said about the outstanding performance by LSU last week? The Tigers controlled the game the entire time in Tuscaloosa. The defense had some holes but that’s going to happen against an offense like Alabama. Joe Burrow solidified his spot atop the Heisman race.
Ole Miss took care of business against an atrocious New Mexico State team. The offense relied heavily on the run game again, attempting just 19 passes for the game. Two true freshmen ran over 100 yards in the Rebels’ high powered running offense.
The Rebels don’t stand a chance this game and should see the end of their postseason hopes barring a 5-7 birth. They come in ranked last in the SEC in passing defense while LSU enters as the best passing offense. The one-dimensional offense Ole Miss runs will play right into LSU’s hands and the Tigers should have little trouble stopping it.
Prediction: LSU 49, Ole Miss 14
7:30pm SECN: South Carolina 4-6 (3-4) @ Texas A&M 6-3 (3-2)
South Carolina got beat at home against a good Appalachian State team last week. The Gamecocks struggled mightily to move the ball on the ground going for just 27 yards on the day and averaging an astonishing 0.8 yards per rush.
Texas A&M continued to cruise as they had no problem taking care of UTSA at home. They’re now winners of three straight and are hoping for a big win before going on the road at Georgia and LSU to close out the season.
South Carolina’s postseason hopes also look to be closing this weekend. Texas A&M at home will prove too much for South Carolina and the Aggies will continue their dominance against their East foe.
Predition: South Carolina 20, Texas A&M 35
*All times listed are Eastern Standard Time
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