Week 3 SEC Picks And Analysis For Every Team

Week 3 SEC Picks And Analysis For Every Team

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Week 3 SEC Picks And Analysis For Every Team


Week 2 had quite the slate for a college football Saturday, reminding us how incredible the fall season can be.  The Georgia Bulldogs routed the South Carolina Gamecocks 41-17 in Columbia, while the rest of the country put on a show of great games and upsets.

If it weren’t for that end zone pylon at Kyle Field and a classic Arkansas collapse, we would have gone 12-0 in SEC games last week, but it wasn’t meant to be.  However, a 10-2 record that correctly picked Kentucky to beat Florida and narrowly missed an Aggies upset for the ages, seems pretty solid.

Now, week 2 is in our rearview mirrors and the wheels keep on turning to week 3 of the college football season.  We are sitting at a 22-4 record for SEC teams’ games so far and determined to have another strong prediction list.

Let’s get this show on the road, folks.

UTEP @ Tennessee 

Jeremy Pruitt and the Tennessee Volunteers bounced back from a blowout loss to West Virginia, by handling Eastern Tennessee State easily.  The Vols may not be the cream of the crop in the SEC East, but expect them to take care of business against UTEP on Saturday.

Prediction: Tennessee 41, UTEP 13.

Middle Tennessee @ Georgia 

The story of the week for Kirby Smart’s team quickly shifted to the kickoff time for Saturday’s game, with Hurricane Florence looming.  Having the kickoff time steal all the headlines, you can get the feeling this might not be the toughest battle the Bulldogs face.  Riding high off a big win in Columbia and looking ahead to Missouri, the Dawgs might get caught sleeping Saturday, but they will not lose.  One thing is for sure though, the fans will hardly be awake for this scorching hot contest.

Prediction: Georgia 45, Middle Tennessee 7

Murray State @ Kentucky

We had a feeling the Wildcats would break their 31-game losing streak in Gainesville last week and boy did they ever.  Mark Stoops has brought a new level of intensity into Lexington, giving fans hope that basketball isn’t the only sport the Cats can win in.  Expect Kentucky to roll in this one with the fanbase happy as ever after breaking their Florida curse.

Prediction: Kentucky 48, Murray State 14

Vanderbilt @ Notre Dame 

The Commodores are off to another strong start to the season, but we all know how last year played out in Nashville.  Picking Vanderbilt to go into South Bend and beat the Irish might be a little far-fetched, but it could definitely happen.  It’s tempting to pick the ‘Dores, but the urge is not strong enough for us to actually follow through.  Keep an eye on this one Saturday afternoon.

Prediction: Notre Dame 38, Vanderbilt 34

LSU @ Auburn 

The game everyone in the South has been waiting for is almost here.  The battle of the Tigers is upon us, and we see the Tigers pulling out a win here.  Now, as for which Tigers that is?  LSU put the nation on notice in Week 1 and Auburn handled a big-time opponent away from Jordan-Hare Stadium.  At a neutral site or in Baton Rouge, LSU seems like the favorite, but with this game being in the funhouse that is Jordan-Hare it should be a battle.  Picking based on Auburn’s past successes and failures at different stadiums prove costly, so we will go with our gut here.  LSU finds a way to get it done and starts up the hype train for Georgia’s October trip to Death Valley.

Saturday’s clash will quickly tell Kirby Smart’s staff which Tigers have the best chance to beat the Dawgs, or if they both can.

Prediction: LSU 35, Auburn 32

Colorado State @ Florida 

Dan Mullen has barely been with the Gators, but he is already off to a rough start in Gainesville.  Mike Bobo’s Colorado State Rams had a pitiful 0-2 start to the season but stormed back to upset Arkansas last week late in the fourth, setting up an interesting matchup here.  All historical signs point to a Florida victory, but the momentum the Rams built last week might carry over into this one.  Let’s go with Bobo’s squad here, shall we?  The Dan Mullen era would fall off the rails if the orange and blue let this one slip away.

Prediction: Colorado State 34, Florida 30

North Texas @ Arkansas 

Oh, Arkansas, you can always give us a blown game each season, can’t you? The ‘Mean Green’ will be looking for a 3-0 start to the season, but count us as shocked if Chad Morris loses another game to an inferior opponent.  Don’t let us down again Razorbacks.

Prediction: Arkansas 37, North Texas 24

Alabama @ Ole Miss

This contest has fallen in the Rebels’ favor a few times lately, but that did not happen last year.  The Crimson Tide routed Ole Miss 66-3, which we don’t see happening again, either.  Expect Jordan Ta’amu to lead the Rebels into an early shootout, but it’s hard to see an Alabama loss here.  Nick Saban will have this one circled on his calendar and prepared for a second half similar to 2016’s.

Prediction: Alabama 45, Ole Miss 31

Louisiana Lafayette @ Mississippi State 

Nick Fitzgerald led his Bulldogs to a nice win in Manhattan, Kansas last Saturday and we are starting to like what we see in Starkville.  The Dawgs of the SEC West will pull away early in this one, setting up for a surprising impactful clash with Kentucky next weekend.

Prediction: Mississippi State 52, Louisiana Lafayette 14

Missouri @ Purdue

We have been high on Mizzou from day one, so why should we lose faith in the Tigers now?  Purdue has looked pretty terrible with their 0-2 start to the season and they will really be in trouble after Saturday.  The Boilermakers crushed Missouri last year in Columbia, but they have it out for them this time, with revenge on the line.

Prediction: Missouri 55, Purdue 24

Marshall @ South Carolina

The Gamecocks have canceled their Week 3 matchup with Marshall, upon the shift of Hurricane Florence’s path.  However, Columbia took a harder blow from the Bulldogs last week than it will in this week’s storm.  Expect this storm to be more effective than ‘Sandstorm’ though.

Prediction: Hurricane Florence absolutely soaks Columbia

UL Monroe @ Texas A&M

The Aggies came oh so close to overtime with the second-ranked Clemson Tigers last week, but a controversial touchback turned the game.  Texas A&M will be hungry after last week and ready to roll come kickoff.   Don’t be surprised if Jimbo Fisher’s team upsets an SEC West foe to the likes of Auburn, Mississippi State or Alabama.

Prediction: Texas A&M 48, UL Monroe 10

Week 3 is just about here and you better believe we are excited.  Let’s regroup and react after another great Saturday of college football.

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