This sort of article only works if there is some sense of accountability. With that said this is how we are doing so far in 2017:
- Last week: 5-2
- Misses: Auburn (lost by 4) and Vanderbilt (lost by many).
- Closest prediction: Georgia by 21. They won by 25 (53-28).
- Worst prediction: Vanderbilt by 7. They lost by 23.
- Season so far: 43-22
It is a light week this Saturday and here are the five SEC games for Week 8 of the season:
Saturday, October 14
Missouri vs. Idaho – Idaho will be either just the team the Tigers need as they are rounding into form before a November schedule they can do some damage in, or the Vandals will condemn the Tigers season to the scrap heap before we hit Halloween. The Missouri offense has shown signs of life – quarterback Drew Lock has thrown for seven touchdowns over the last two weeks – but they face an Idaho defense that is surprisingly amazing on third down. This though, is the Vandals first test against a Power 5 team in 2017, a test that will prove to be too difficult to overcome. Prediction: Missouri by 21.
(1) Alabama vs. Tennessee – Butch Jones probably needs this win more than Tennessee does. Given that the game is against Alabama – one of the three games Tennessee fans want to see won each season – that says everything about the status of the Vols head coach. An ugly loss here would make it hard to see Jones surviving the season. The problem he has is that Alabama looks almost unstoppable, while Tennessee just isn’t a very good football team. Prediction: Alabama by 30.
Mississippi State vs. Kentucky – Kentucky is plodding along at 5-1 and the Wildcats are a couple of wins away from facing Georgia with the SEC East title on the line. This is not an explosive offensive team by any means, but Kentucky doesn’t beat itself and the Wildcats are seventh in the nation in turnover margin. This week though brings something new as Kentucky gets to face a dangerous dual-threat quarterback for the first time in 2017. Nick Fitzgerald seems on the cusp of a monster game and if he goes off it is hard to see Kentucky keeping up on the scoreboard. Prediction: Mississippi State by 7.
Ole Miss vs. (24) LSU – Two teams battling harder than many may have expected coming into the season meet in Oxford on Saturday night. LSU could easily have thrown in the towel against Auburn last weekend, but the Tigers showed hear that Auburn couldn’t match to chase them down and keep themselves right in the mix for the SEC West crown. Mississippi cannot play in the postseason this year, but quarterback Shea Patterson is playing at a high level (other than against Alabama) and his arm is keeping the Rebels close in every single game. Prediction: LSU by 7.
Arkansas vs. (21) Auburn – With respect to Arkansas fans, this game is all about Auburn and what the Tigers want to do in 2017. After giving away a game they had won against LSU, Auburn is in a tricky spot. A loss here and the Tigers could easily go winless in conference play the rest of the way as they have both Georgia and Alabama to come. A win though and they could springboard forwards as they still control their spot in the SEC West race. Arkansas is in a spot where it needs something positive to happen after a couple of blowout losses. Can they catch this Auburn team while they are down? Prediction: Auburn by 20.