SEC football predictions: Week 5

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Been such a busy week, nearly forgot to do my SEC football predictions for Saturday’s games. Ready, set, go.

South Carolina at Missouri (12:00/SEC Network): South Carolina appeared to find its starting quarterback last week in true freshman Lorenzo Nunez. Missouri has suspended its starting quarterback Maty Mauk and will go with true freshman Drew Lock. Something tells me Steve Spurrier will pull the upset on the road. South Carolina 20, Missouri 17.

Alabama at Georgia (3:30/CBS): Alabama surely is aching to make amends for its home loss to Ole Miss two weeks back. Georgia is playing at home, however. And Georgia has Nick Chubb. The Bulldogs have a history of losing big games like this, but change can be a good thing. Georgia 28, Alabama 17.

San Jose State at Auburn (4:00/SEC Network): The San Jose State head coach is former UK assistant Ron Caragher. His Spartans roll into Auburn with a 2-2 mark. Auburn is also 2-2 and in need of a confidence-builder. Auburn 41, San Jose State 21.

Ole Miss at Florida (7:00/ESPN): Reports say Florida quarterback Will Grier is battling the stomach flu. Ole Miss’ defense may have Gators coach Jim McElwain feeling ill, as well. Florida was fortunate to beat Tennessee last week. Here, the good fortune runs out. Ole Miss 24, Florida 10.

Arkansas at Tennessee (7:00/ESPN2): These two teams have probably been the SEC’s biggest disappointments thus far this season. Tennessee is the better team, however. Plus, the Vols are at home. Tennessee 34, Arkansas 21.

Eastern Michigan at LSU (7:00/ESPNU): What Leonard Fournette could do to the poor Eastern Michigan defense might involve damage reports and insurance claims. LSU 45, Eastern Michigan 7.

Vanderbilt at Middle Tennessee (7:00/CBS Sports): Give the Commmodores credit for giving Ole Miss a battle last week. This won’t be an easy trip to Murfreesboro, however. Middle Tennessee would love to beat a visiting SEC team. Middle Tennessee 17, Vanderbilt 14.

Mississippi State at Texas A&M (7:30/SEC Network): Been impressed with Mississippi State to this point. The Bulldogs were a missed field goal away from beating LSU. They did beat Auburn. And they can beat the Aggies in College Station. Mississippi State 30, Texas A&M 24.

Eastern Kentucky at Kentucky (7:00/SEC Network alternate): The off-the-field nonsense was trumped by last weekend’s tragic death of an EKU player in a traffic accident. Puts things in perspective. It’s only football. Kentucky 31, Eastern Kentucky 3.

Last week: 9-0. Season: 36-7.

Photo of Georgia’s Nick Chubb in last season’s Belk Bowl by AP

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