Ok, so we finally got our Arkansas prediction right last week, but Tennessee, well, nevermind we won’t go there. The Razorbacks and Volunteers are both stuck at the bottom of their respective divisions, with rough starts for the first year head coaches in Fayetteville and Knoxville.
Each week goes by with most of our picks panning out how we predict, with the exception of the pesky bottom feeder teams. Whew, that was a tung twister.
Let’s not dwell on the past too much, as we are still looking pretty sharp overall. Week 5 provides us with our first real challenge of the season, but that should not be a bad thing.
Enough of the cupcakes, alright!
Without further ado, let’s get on with those picks you were looking for!
Louisiana Lafayette @ Alabama
The biggest concern for Alabama’s game against Lousiana Lafayette will be if Jalen Hurts plays or not, instead of the score to the game. Hurts has already played in four games this season and sacrifices a redshirt if he chooses to play.
As for the scoreboard in Tuscaloosa, expect a high energy bill. Tua Tagovailoa and the top-ranked Tide will keep the switchboard operators busy, before Saban finally takes his foot off the gas, out of mercy.
Prediction: Alabama 62, Louisiana Lafayette 10
Arkansas @ Texas A&M
Ah, the Arkansas Razorbacks. A team we know far too well this season, except for their identity of course. Texas A&M got blown out in Bryant-Denny Stadium last week, but don’t let the score fool you. Jimbo Fisher’s Aggies are a good team, just not good enough to keep up with Alabama.
What will Arkansas surprise us with this week?
Prediction: Texas A&M 40, Arkansas 17
Tennessee @ Georgia
The game we know you have been waiting for. It’s that time of year, folks. The team from the Tennessee hills comes calling Saturday, after an atrocious loss to Florida in Knoxville. The Bulldogs are highly favored by just about everyone, which worries us a bit, though you have to remember this is Tennessee we are playing.
If the Gator offense could hang 47 on the Vols in Neyland, then what could possibly go wrong in Sanford this weekend for Georgia’s high-powered offense.
Enjoy the month of October, Tennessee! Orange you glad you can use your strength of schedule as an excuse to the critics?
Prediction: Georgia 55, Tennessee 14
Southern Miss @ Auburn
Another cupcake for the Tigers? You would think they have a daunting non-conference schedule with all the whining they do about our opponents on the Plains. Yes, we know you have to travel to Athens and Tuscaloosa in back to back SEC games. Get over it. Auburn gets the victory in another dull mismatch, which Brett Favre might not even win for the Golden Eagles.
Get ready for a fall full of saltiness from the Tiger fan base. We got the mascot name correct, right? It is the Tigers?
Prediction: Auburn 45, Southern Miss 13
Tennessee State @ Vanderbilt
A 4:00 game between Tennessee State and Vanderbilt will likely be missed by the casual college football fan on Saturday, but don’t forget that bragging rights are on the line. Whoever comes out on top will be in prime position to claim the title of top team in Tennessee. Yes, we are aware that the fourth best team in the state is visiting Athens around the same time this weekend. That is all.
Prediction: Vanderbilt 34, Tennessee State 24
Florida @ Mississippi State
We have heard about the talents of Nick Fitzgerald and the Mississippi State Bulldogs all summer and it is about time to put that SEC dark horse take to rest. We too bought in on the team from Starkville and regretfully so. Kentucky made a fool out of State, a team thought to challenge Alabama this season in the West.
Rarely do you see us go with the Gators, but their chances seem pretty good on Saturday at Davis-Wade Stadium. That being said, State can just about pack it up if they lose this one, after all of the hype around Dan Mullen’s return. I think we have to go with the Bulldogs, but a Gator victory would not surprise us in the slightest.
Prediction: Mississippi State 30, Florida 24
South Carolina @ Kentucky
The Wildcats have themselves a win streak going against South Carolina and a victory on Saturday would officially confirm the legitimacy of Kentucky. Should we be pulling for the Gamecocks in this one, with Kentucky controlling their own destiny? No, not yet. Another Gamecock loss would always be nice to see, to put their far-fetched fan takes of winning the East to bed.
As long as the Bulldogs continue to roll, an extra ranked win to pad to the resume cannot hurt. With that being said, we love the Cats’ spoiler role this season and expect Benny Snell to run the Gamecocks back to the ole armpit of the South.
Prediction: Kentucky 31, South Carolina 17
Ole Miss @ LSU
Just like Arkansas, the Ole Miss Rebels are hard to figure out. However, we have predicted them pretty well this season. Now, the question is which Rebel offense we will see Saturday in Baton Rouge. Will it be the team that opened the season on top against Texas Tech or the one that got manhandled by Alabama? The Tigers find their groove in the second half and pull away late.
Prediction: LSU 38, Ole Miss 24
That’s it for week 5 in the SEC everyone. We do not think there will be too much chaos in the conference personally, but there is definitely a chance.
However, an insane week across the entire college football landscape is expected, with five ranked matchups and a handful of anticipated games.