Here are my SEC football predictions for Week 10 of the college football season.
Record last week: 6-1
Season total: 66-12
Saturday, November 2
All times are Eastern.
Mississippi State (4-3, 1-2 SEC) at #14 South Carolina (6-2, 4-2 SEC)
Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
12:21 p.m. ET • SEC TV
Series: SC leads, 8-6-0
Last: SC, 14-12 (2011 in Starkville)
VegasInsider.com Point Spread: South Carolina -12
Vinny’s Vibe: This game is about trust. Who do you trust more? Connor Shaw or Dak Prescott? Steve Spurrier or Dan Mullen? Jadeveon…scratch that, actually. South Carolina at home or Mississippi State on the road? Easy. P.S. – Give Mike Davis the football a lot. Thank you.
South Carolina 31 Mississippi State 14
Georgia (4-3, 3-2 SEC) vs. Florida (4-3, 3-2 SEC)
Jacksonville, Fla. • EverBank Field (82,000)
3:30 p.m. ET • CBS
Series: UGA leads, 49-40-2
Last: UGA, 17-9 (2012 in Jacksonville)
VegasInsider.com Point Spread: Georgia -2 ½
Vinny’s Vibe: For Georgia, Todd Gurley is back. Josh Harvery-Clemons is back. Tray Matthews is back. Aaron Murray is still there and strong. Florida’s getting no one back to the caliber of those guys from Georgia. Florida’s offense has recruiting stars throughout but nothing to show for it. The offense is awful, and the Gators defense is no longer one of the nation’s best. Gurley’s return is the key though.
Georgia 24 Florida 13
#11 Auburn (7-1, 3-1 SEC) at Arkansas (3-5, 0-4 SEC)
Fayetteville, Ark. • Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)
6 p.m. ET • ESPN2
Series: AU leads, 11-10-1
Last: ARK, 24-7 (2012 in Auburn)
VegasInsider.com Point Spread: Auburn -8
Vinny’s Vibe: John Pennington, from MrSEC.com, accurately called the Bielema/Malzahn game tape video controversy with the missing trick play, Swinging-gate Gate! Bret Bielema won’t care to watch the tape of this one when it’s done. Gus Malzahn is going to put it on Arkansas. He has the horses to do it. Arkansas is the only team in the league that’s getting worse as the year goes on. Here’s the season for Arkansas: Won by 20; Won by 10; Won by 21; Lost by 4; Lost by 12; Lost by 20; Lost by 45; Lost by 52. Will the bye week help? Only in that the Razorbacks won’t lose by more than 52 this week. If Arkansas does lose by 52 or more, somebody better ask if the team has quit on Bielema or if it hates it’s head coach.
Auburn 38 Arkansas 7
Tennessee (4-4, 1-3 SEC) at #9 Missouri (7-1, 3-1 SEC)
Columbia, Mo. • Memorial Stadium - Faurot Field (67,124)
7 p.m. ET • ESPN
Series: MIZ leads, 1-0
Last: MIZ, 51-48 (2012 in Knoxville)
VegasInsider.com Point Spread: Missouri -10 ½
Vinny’s Vibe: There are lots of unknowns in Tennessee’s first-ever football game in the state of Missouri. How will Missouri bounce back from the gut-punch loss to South Carolina at home in double OT last week? Will starting QB James Franklin, who has practiced this week, play in the game for Mizzou? How will Tennessee respond to a pounding it took at #1 Alabama last week? How will true freshman QB Josh Dobbs play in his first career start? Dobbs played the entire second half versus Alabama last week. He showed poise, arm strength, decisiveness and the ability to make plays with his legs. Butch Jones says the playbook not only won’t be pared-down for the freshman QB this week, but instead it will be expanded because they can do more with him. UT fans should be excited about the future of Josh Dobbs. I think he’ll flash with some “wow” plays in this game. The problem for the Vols is that this game comes down to a lot more than just him. Tennessee doesn’t match-up well with Missouri’s big receivers, team speed, ability to get to the edge, mobile quarterback and tenacious front seven. Missouri is the fourth-straight ranked opponent Tennessee has faced. Tennessee has an 18-game losing streak against ranked opponents on the road, dating back to 2006. UT has also lost 11-straight SEC road games. I have to see a road win before I can buy in to the team taking that next step of improvement.
Missouri 34 Tennessee 17
Alabama State (6-2) at Kentucky (1-6, 0-4 SEC)
Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)
7:30 p.m. ET • CSS
Series: First Meeting
VegasInsider.com Point Spread: Kentucky -27 ½
Vinny’s Vibe: None needed
Kentucky 42 Alabama State 10
UTEP (1-6) at #12 Texas A&M (6-2, 3-2 SEC)
College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (83,002)
9 p.m. ET • ESPN2
Series: A&M leads, 2-0
VegasInsider.com Point Spread: Texas A&M -45 ½
Vinny’s Vibe: The Aggies offense is rolling right now. UTEP is far from equipped to be a threat to A&M. Defense won’t matter in this one.
Texas A&M 63 UTEP 14
OPEN: #1 Alabama (8-0, 5-0 SEC); #13 LSU (7-2, 3-2 SEC); Ole Miss (5-3, 2-3 SEC); Vanderbilt (4-4, 1-4 SEC)
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