So apparently Gus Malzahn has forgotten how to cover a spread, Tennessee might actually be pretty good, and Missouri has proven to be the most unpredictable team in the SEC. A week after they inexplicably lost to Indiana, Missouri goes on the road and beats South Carolina straight up. The Tigers, who had been unable to move the ball all game, orchestrates two touchdown drives with less than 8 minutes to play and wins 21-20. Not only was it shocking, but it completely throws out all reason when you look at in-game competition thus far.
(unranked) Indiana > #24 Missouri > (unranked) South Carolina > #13 Georgia
I know, I’m confused too. Nevertheless, we got a great slate of games on Saturday and some fresh new gambling picks for you.
- Alabama – I’ll keep this one short. Anytime you give Saban an extra week to prepare, he dominates. He is 3-0 against SEC competition following a bye week when his opponent does not have one. Such is the case with Ole Miss who struggled to put away Memphis last week. Bo Wallace is one of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in the league and has yet to face a defense even half as good as Bama. Saban rolls into The Grove and leaves with a 2 touchdown victory.
- Tennessee – A tale of two losses. Neither team will compete for the SEC East this year, but Saturday’s matchup will showcase just how far Florida has fallen and the impressive rebuild that Butch Jones is performing at Tennessee. But first we must dive into the two most telling games on each team’s schedule; both losses. Florida looked like it had turned the corner in its season opener with a 65-0 win over Eastern Michigan. Then Kentucky took them to overtime and Alabama crushed them 42-21. Meanwhile, Tennessee has looked more and more impressive with each passing game despite two losses. They were overmatched on the road against both Oklahoma and Georgia, but they made life tough for both (Georgia barely escaped with a 35-32 win). Tennessee is a team on the rise, and they will get their first statement win of the season on Saturday.
- Texas A&M – The Aggies are the underdogs this weekend, and Sumlin would have it no other way. He loves when people doubt and he thrives when he gets bulletin board material. The analysts doubted A&M in the season opener against South Carolina. After the Aggies shell shocked them, people wrote it off as a fluke. Then the Arkansas game approached and the media touted Arkansas’ huge offensive line and running game claiming that A&M did not have the athletes or size to stop them. Well a huge shoutout to Strength and Conditioning Coach Larry Jackson for having the players in shape and ready. Because when the 4th quarter hit, you could tell who had energy in the tank and who was completely spent. The Aggies rallied down 14 and pulled off the comeback in overtime. Now once again, everyone is picking against the Aggies. A bunch of non-believers if you ask me. And like I said before, Sumlin likes it that way. The key matchup to watch for on Saturday will be A&M’s passing offense (#5 in NCAA) against MSU’s passing defense (124th in NCAA). If OC Jake Spavital has even a decent play-calling day, the Aggies should have no problem leaving Starkville with a victory.