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SEC FOOTBALL PREDICTIONS: WEEK 12

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: 6-2
  • Misses: Just two as the groove fell of a little. Georgia (blown out by Auburn) and Vanderbilt (no showed against Kentucky).
  • Closest prediction: South Carolina by 10 was just two off as they beat Florida 28-20.
  • Worst prediction: Part of me wanted to pick the Auburn upset. I didn’t as they beat No. 1 Georgia by 23.
  • Season so far: 68-25

There are nine games on the slate this Saturday. Here are the predictions:

Saturday, November 18

(1) Alabama vs. Mercer – Hahahahaha. The No.1 team in the country gets a virtual bye week as they take on a Mercer team that is fifth in the FCS’ Southern Conference. This will not be pretty. Prediction: Alabama by 28.

(6) Auburn vs. UL Monroe – TRAP GAME ALERT. The Tigers are coming off of their massive win against Georgia and have the little matter of a winner-take-all Iron Bowl matchup with Alabama on the horizon. In between they have this nothing game against a Sun Belt opponent, a nothing game that would ruin the Auburn season if they slip up. Luckily for Tiger fans, they will not. Prediction: Auburn by 28.

Arkansas vs. (16) Mississippi State – Arkansas head coach Brett Bielema is squarely on the hot seat as his Razorbacks have underperformed in 2017. Mississippi State, on the other hand, are looking to win out the rest of the way and finish their season with a berth in the Citrus Bowl. The Bulldogs are coming off of an emotional loss to Alabama in a game many think they should have won, but in quarterback Nick Fitzgerald they have the best player on the field. Prediction: Mississippi State by 7.

(7) Georgia vs. Kentucky – In a weird way the loss to Auburn has done little to change the Bulldogs path to the College Football Playoff. If the SEC East division champions win out – and yes, that includes beating Alabama in the SEC Title game – then they are CFP bound. The margin for error disappeared, but they should be able to handle an up and down Kentucky squad that is one of the harder to read teams in the nation. Prediction: Georgia by 13.

South Carolina vs. Wofford – I have no idea why South Carolina are playing this game. Every team likes to play an FCS opponent at some stage in the season, but why would you ever schedule one that uses a unique option offense like Wofford? The Terriers are also 9-1 on the season and looking to make noise in the soon to begin FCS playoffs. South Carolina will win here, but it will be an annoyingly close game throughout. Prediction: South Carolina by 5.

Florida vs. UAB – For those Florida fans that thought the worst was over this season, I present a surprising UAB team that would love this scalp. The Blazers success this season (they have seven wins) makes no sense given that they were shut down at the end of the 2014 season and only began play again this fall. A Florida loss here would be equal to the stain on the program when Georgia Southern beat the Gators four years ago. Stopping running back Spencer Brown – who would be a good fit in the Gators offense – has to be the priority. Prediction: UAB by 3.

Tennessee vs. (20) LSU – Tennessee interim head coach Brady Hoke somehow has to pick up the Vols after Butch Jones was canned following a miserable 50-17 loss to Missouri last week. Tennessee has regressed as the season has gone on, with offensive issues never being fixed and with an overloaded defense buckling, before finally imploding, against the Tigers. Now, Tennessee has to face another set of Tigers, and does so knowing that two wins will make the team bowl eligible. A quietly impressive 7-3 LSU squad will end those hopes on Saturday. Prediction: LSU by 17.

Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M – As rumors of Kevin Sumlin’s impending departure from Texas A&M increase, the Aggies travel to Oxford this Saturday to take on a Mississippi team with nothing to play for. The Rebels have been largely untested during a two game winning streak against bad (or inconsistent) opponents, while the Aggies can still hit nine wins on the season if they win out. Look for Christian Kirk to have a big play or two against an Ole Miss defense that is 109th in the nation in allowing plays of 10 yards or more. Prediction: Texas A&M by 10.

Vanderbilt vs. Missouri – Mizzou might be the biggest success story in the SEC over the second half of the season so far. Left for dead after early struggles, the Tigers offense has exploded over the past month and driven Missouri to the brink of bowl eligibility. Drew Lock is a monster of a quarterback and this game comes down to a simple comparison between the Mizzou offense and the Vandy defense. While the Commodores allowed 41 points in three quarters to Kentucky last time out, Missouri has scored 215 points in the last four weeks. This could get ugly. Prediction: Missouri by 30.

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