SEC predictions for Saturday:
Georgia at Auburn (12:00/CBS): Both Georgia and Auburn appeared to relocate their mojos last Saturday. Georgia dominated Kentucky 27-3. Auburn surprised Texas A&M 26-10. Improvements on defense helped both teams, but Auburn’s win was more impressive. And the Tigers are at home. Auburn 23, Georgia 17.
Florida at South Carolina (12:00/ESPN): Florida has already tied a bow on its SEC East title so you wonder if the Men of McElwain will suffer a letdown in Columbia. There’s no Steve Spurrier to spice up the rivalry anymore, either. We’ll go wtih the better team. Florida 19, South Carolina 6.
North Texas at Tennessee (12:00/SEC): When Mike Slive invented the SEC Network, not sure this is what the former commissioner had in mind. North Texas is 1-8. The Mean Green will be 1-9 after Saturday. Tennessee 52, North Texas 14.
Alabama at Mississippi State (3:30/CBS): This has all the makings of a trap game for the Crimson Tide, coming off that 30-16 win over Alabama. Mississippi State is playing well, at home, and the owner of the best quarterback in Dak Prescott. As Alabama proved last week, however, it has a way of taking away the opponent’s best weapon. Alabama 27, Mississippi State 17.
Kentucky at Vanderbilt (4:00/SEC): Call me naive or an optimist, but I say Kentucky gets back on track in Nashville. The Commodores have a tough defense but only a shadow of an offense. Everyone is expecting a low-scoring game, but sometimes we get surprised. Kentucky 28, Vanderbilt 17.
Western Carolina at Texas A&M (7:00/ESPNU): Western Carolina is 6-3, but the Catamounts aren’t on the Aggies’ level, even if the Aggies are struggling. Kevin Sumlin’s team will feel better after this one. Texas A&M 45, Western Carolina 21.
Arkansas at LSU (7:15/ESPN): Despite the loss to Alabama, LSU still has a chance to get back in the College Football Playoff picture if Les Miles’ team can win out. This will be the first step. LSU 34, Arkansas 20.
BYU at Missouri (7:30/SEC): Talk about a crazy, crazy week in Columbia. It began with the football team joining a protest calling for the school’s president to step down. Then after the president did so, head football coach Gary Pinkel will step down at the end of the year because of a cancer diagnosis. It will be interesting to see how Missouri reacts to all the distractions. BYU 23, Missouri 14.
Last week: 4-2
Photo of Missouri coach Gary Pinkel by AP