SEC football predictions: Week 9


SEC football predictions for Saturday:

Ole Miss at Auburn (12:00/ESPN): Ole Miss climbed back on the beam last week with a 23-3 win over Texas A&M in Oxford. Keep an eye on Laquon Treadwell, who leads the SEC in receptions with 54.

Auburn suffered that four-overtime loss to Arkansas. And now comes reports that Tigers quarterback Sean White was injured in the Arkansas game and may not start against the Rebels. Gus Malzahn may have to go back to Jeremy Johnson.

Ole Miss 17, Auburn 14

South Carolina at Texas A&M (12:00/SEC): After a 20-point loss last week at Ole Miss, the Aggies are making a quarterback change. Kyle Allen goes to the bench. Kyler Murray is the new starter. Allen threw for less than 100 yards in the loss to the Rebels.

South Carolina is 1-0 since Steve Spurrier threw in the towel after a 45-24 loss to LSU. The Gamecocks had last Saturday off after beating Vanderbilt 19-10. College Station presents a much tougher task.

Texas A&M 34, South Carolina 14

Georgia at Florida (3:30/CBS): There’s mystery surrounding the identity of the Georgia starting quarterback for this annual tilt in Jacksonville. It’s believed that Faton Bauta will make his first start for the Bulldogs replacing Greyson Lambert.

Meanwhile, Florida has been carried by its defense. And a win over Georgia means Jim McElwain’s team need only beat South Carolina and Vanderbilt to earn an SEC title game berth in Atlanta.

Florida 20, Georgia 13

UT-Martin at Arkansas (4:00/SEC): Arkansas is coming off a four-overtime win over Auburn last week that improved the Razorbacks to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. Better yet, Bret Bielema’s team passed for 244 yards and rushed for 213 yards. Bielema said afterward it was the definition of what he wants his team to be on offense.

UT-Martin is 5-2 overall and 4-1 in the SEC, but the Skyhawks aren’t likely in the Razorbacks’ league. They were steamrolled 76-3 in the season opener by Ole Miss.

Arkansas 35, UT-Marin 7

Vanderbilt at Houston (7:00/ESPN2): Vanderbilt’s defense has improved dramatically since head coach Derek Mason took over coordinator duties. The Commodores are No. 21 nationally in total defense coming off last week’s 10-3 win over Missouri.

The task will be tougher going to Houston, which is No. 5 nationally in total offense under new head coach Tom Herman, the former Ohio State offensive coordinator. Houston is a perfect 7-0 and 4-0 in the AAC. The Cougars will be 8-0 after Saturday.

Houston 27, Vanderbilt 10

Tennessee at Kentucky (7:30/SEC): As Mike Strange of the Knoxville News-Sentinel said in our podcast, this is the part of Tennessee’s schedule in which UT fans think the Vols’ will start making noise. In fact, they expect the Rocky Toppers to run the table, starting Saturday night.

Kentucky is trying to bounce back from last Saturday’s 42-16 shellacking in Starkville. Aside from winning the game, UK fans are hoping the Cats can get lined up and at least contain Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs.

Tennessee 28, Kentucky 23

Last week: 3-3

Season: 54-17

Photo of Georgia quarterback Faton Bauta by John Kelley/UGA sports

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