My three-week undefeated streak came to an end thanks to Vandy and Ole Miss last week, but I’ll take a crack at starting another winning streak this week. Here’s a look at the seven Week 7 games involving Southeastern Conference teams.
Florida at LSU (-7): This could be one of the games of the year, thanks to Florida’s ability to shut down every offense crossing its path (217 yards per game) so far. The Gators, though, have played a fairly pedestrian schedule so far and haven’t seen anything like LSU will throw at them. Tons of pro scouts will be watching to see how Tiger QB Zach Mettenberger handles a fantastic UF pass defense. The rest of us will be watching that, as well as to see if UF can generate any kind of offense, and my guess is that they’ll find some against an LSU defense that’s not as powerful as some in the past, but not enough. LSU 27, Florida 17
Missouri at Georgia (-7): Was Missouri as good as it looked last week against Vanderbilt, or were the Commodores just that bad? Meanwhile, can the Bulldogs — who lost a lot of bite to their offense with injuries to multiple offensive stars last week — fare better than they did in a near-loss to Tennessee last weekend? The key might be whether All-American running back Todd Gurley plays, and that’s also an unknown. Are you noticing a theme here? I have no real idea as to what’ll happen, so here’s a very wild guess: Georgia 38, Missouri 34
South Carolina (-5) at Arkansas: Folks seem to be down on Carolina after three relatively-close wins following the loss to Georgia a few weeks back. Those concerns are multiplied by injury concerns with key players like Jadeveon Clowney and Connor Shaw, but I’m guessing this is where Carolina steps up its game a couple of notches and beats an Arkansas team that doesn’t have the same level of athleticism that Carolina does. South Carolina 34, Arkansas 23
Texas A&M (-6) at Ole Miss: Here’s another I-have-no-idea-what-to-expect game. It’s not A&M that I can’t figure out — the Aggies’ defense is flat-out awful, but that offense is going to make any college defense look bad. The problem is with the Rebels: after really impressing me that first month, they no-showed at Alabama and then lost to an inferior Auburn team because of turnovers. A six-point spread in this game is nothing because of the points that’ll be scored as neither will stop the other. I’m hedging my bets here by calling for an Ole Miss rebound, but not enough to beat the number. A&M 43, Ole Miss 41
Alabama (-27) at Kentucky: I’ve made much of ‘Bama’s dis-interested in covering pointspreads against inferior teams. This, however, is an SEC game and I have a feeling that’ll catch the Crimson Tide’s interest a bit more than usual. Alabama 41, Kentucky 7
Bowling Green at Mississippi State (-10): Unless you follow the Mid-American Conference, you were probably unaware that Bowling Green is 5-1. However, the only halfway-decent team on that schedule was Indiana, and they drilled the Falcons by a 42-10 count. The Bulldogs can suddenly score some points, and they’ll do that this Saturday, too. MSU 41, Bowling Green 20
Western Carolina (-41.5) at Auburn: Other than the curiosity factor of how true freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson performs Saturday — he’ll start in his first collegiate action — there’s zero reason to care about this one. Auburn 48, WCU 14