We may have missed out on a Texas A&M prediction for last night, but let’s be honest, you probably did not know they were playing. We apologize for not including an Aggie’s prediction this week, but the 59-7 dismantling of Northwestern State should take care of it.
Now, on to Saturday’s slate. Every other team in the SEC will be playing on Saturday, except for LSU. The Tigers venture west for a non-conference clash with Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes Sunday night in Dallas.
Alright, let’s get this show on the road.
Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
The Rebels remain ineligible for postseason play this season but don’t think that Ole Miss will be an easy opponent. Matt Luke’s team will be playing the role of spoiler once again and looking to ruin a team’s season on any given Saturday. Texas Tech’s high profiled Big 12 offense will test Ole Miss early, but the Rebels find a way to win a shootout behind quarterback Jordan Ta’amu.
Prediction: Ole Miss 48, Texas Tech 44
Coastal Carolina @ South Carolina
South Carolina, on the cusp of the Top 25, has been looking towards its game with Georgia on September 8th for quite some time. We still don’t know if the Gamecocks are a legitimate threat and probably won’t until next week’s game. Similar to Georgia, the Gamecocks risk overlooking their inferior opponent, but the talent gap will lead to a pretty easy victory for Will Muschamp’s squad.
Prediction: South Carolina 43, Coastal Carolina 21
Central Michigan @ Kentucky
The Chippewas of Central Michigan have had some success over the last few years and even upset an Oklahoma State team in Stillwater, but it will be a tough task stopping Kentucky. Benny Snell is the difference in this one, giving the Wildcats a victory in the fourth.
Prediction: Kentucky 38, Central Michigan 27
West Virginia vs. Tennessee
Coming off a disastrous 0-8 SEC record and a laughable coaching search, the Tennesse Volunteers completely reconstructed their athletic department. The Vols, led by first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt, will be looking to right the ship this season, but Will Grier and West Virginia prove too tall a task for an unproven team from Rocky Top.
Prediction: West Virginia 37, Tennessee 26
Washington vs. Auburn
Jake Browning leads the Huskies back to Atlanta for a big-time matchup with another team from Alabama, this time being Auburn. The Tigers have struggled in significant games outside of Jordan-Hare Stadium and we think it proves to be the difference yet again. Washington wins this one late off a long touchdown play.
Prediction: Washington 34, Auburn 31
UT Martin @ Missouri
Missouri may not be one of the premier teams in the country, but its high profile offense can certainly destroy UT Martin. If Drew Lock could make quick work of the Bulldogs’ secondary last season, then watch out in this one. The game should be a runaway from the start and we expect Missouri to shoot for half a hundred by halftime.
Prediction: Missouri 73 UT Martin 34
Eastern Illinois @ Arkansas
Jimmy Garoppolo went to Eastern Illinois, didn’t he? That seems like a legitimate case to give the Panthers a few scores, but don’t expect them to upset Chad Morris and the Razorbacks. The fans in Fayetteville should enjoy a nice victory to start off Morris’ tenure after a rough go with Brett Bilema last season.
Prediction: Arkansas 52, Eastern Illinois 21
Stephen F. Austin @ Mississippi State
Stephen F. Austin might pull the upset off in this one if it were basketball. However, the other Bulldogs of the SEC feature a lot more talent on the football field and those stinking cowbells will send the Lumberjacks running for the hills. Nick Fitzgerald’s absence should make this game closer than it should be though at first.
Prediction: Mississippi State 38 Stephen F. Austin 17
Charleston Southern @ Florida
The Gators are coming off one of their worst seasons in recent memory, but new head coach Dan Mullen is being significantly hyped. Florida will beat Charleston Southern, but you never know how the scoreboard ends up looking for Gators games. Kentucky should give us a better preview of Florida next week.
Prediction: Florida 35 Charleston Southern 20
Middle Tennessee @ Vanderbilt
The Commodores always struggle with mid-level programs so we would not be surprised to see Middle Tennessee steal this game. However, Derek Mason’s seat continues to heat up and that should be enough to get the ‘Dores over their mid-level hump.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 35, Middle Tennessee 31
Louisville @ Alabama
As we mentioned yesterday, this game might be interesting with Lamar Jackson under center. Nick Saban’s teams always open the season strong and this one should be no different. Alabama will probably beat the brakes off of Cardinals in Orlando unless something crazy happens. Thus, the Crimson Tide will be in the College Football Playoff conversation for quite some time.
Prediction: Alabama 42, Louisville 17
Miami vs. LSU
Ed Orgeron’s on the hot seat this year, similar to Les Miles in 2016. If the Tigers’ head coach does not get a victory over Miami, then he is in serious trouble. LSU should provide a great fight for most of the game, but Miami will win this one late.
Prediction: Miami 35, LSU 24
Austin Peay @ Georgia
Ok, that’s enough talking about the rest of the conference, let’s get back to the Bulldogs. Governors’ coach Will Healy is entering his third year leading the program, coming off an 8-4 season that saw him named FCS Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and OVC Coach of the Year. Austin Peay is ranked 22nd in the Stats FCS Preseason poll.
With that being said, Georgia can’t overlook Austin Peay on Saturday. Georgia gets the victory this week, regardless of sleeping on the Governors.
This game has a family trip to Athens written all over it.
Prediction: Georgia 57, Austin Peay 20