SEC: Week 4 Preview



Eight games on tap this week, as Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Kentucky are off this weekend. Alabama and Florida, who are playing their first conference games are the premier matchup of the weekend, but don’t sleep on Mississippi State playing at LSU. The Tigers have better overall talent and a good defense, but Dak Prescott is the best QB in the game. South Carolina travels to Nashville to face Vandy. The Commodores have been terrible, but coming off the huge win over Georgia, expect some let down from the Gamecocks. The rest of the action is non-conference play. Should be another great week of SEC Football highlighted by the two teams that played in the first three SEC Championship games and seven overall. The Gators and The Tide……..


Best of the Week; 


Florida  at  3 Alabama (-14.5)

As in most big games between teams that have tons of talent, there’s usually at least one marquee match-up that everyone will point to. Look no further than the match-up between Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. Hargreaves, is no question one of the best corners in the SEC and the nation. Cooper, is no doubt one of, if not the best receiver in the nation. That battle will be fun to watch all afternoon. But, it may not be the deciding factor in the game. That probably lies with the quarterbacks. Even though, Florida’s Jeff Driskel is more experienced than Bama’s Blake Sims, each have big question marks coming into this game. Driskel, hasn’t really proven himself on a big stage, but he should have some opportunities for big plays to DeMarcus Robinson and Quinton Dunbar, against Bama’s secondary. Sims, has yet to prove he can be consistent in anything but underneath passes. He’s been very effective getting the ball to Cooper and managing the offense, but will he be able to stretch the field against a talented defense like Florida’s? Another concern for Bama is will Sims spread the ball around to players like OJ Howard. Through three games stud tight-end has yet to make a catch. The team with the better running game looks to be the Tide. If that’s the case, Sims will be counted on less than Driskel to move the offense. That’s enough for me………………..Alabama 31  Florida 17


Mississippi State  at  8 LSU (-9)
In Baton Rouge, the Tigers get their first true test since escaping with a victory against Wisconsin to open the season. As with so many teams, so many questions remain. For LSU, the quarterback situation is far from settled. Anthony Jennings has been the man so far over Brandon Harris, but the Bulldogs defense will be the best he’s faced so far. Even better than Wisconsin. For Mississippi State, there is no QB controversy, but playing in Death Valley will be a tall test for Dak Prescott. Especially, against LSU’s defense. Defensive coordinator John Chavis has the Tigers looking like the best in the SEC right now. However, this is also their biggest test so far. Prescott, brings an element of run and pass that LSU hasn’t seen in it’s first three games. So, can the Bulldogs pull off the upset? Probably not. But, there is no question they have the better QB. That means something and I look for this game to be in doubt late in the 4th quarter. But, playing in Death Valley on a Saturday night means something too…………….. LSU 27  Miss St. 22


Rest of the SEC

Northern Illinois at Arkansas (-13.5)   The Hogs run the ball too well and are too physical for the Huskies to not wear down by game’s end. But, don’t be surprised if NIU hangs tough until then…………..Arkansas 33  Northern Illinois 17

Indiana at Missouri (-13.0)   To me, Mizzou has been the most impressive in the SEC, so far this season. Doesn’t mean they’re the best team, but they’ve taken care of business against underrated competition. I expect that trend to continue against the Hoosiers……………………..Missouri  34  Indiana 13

6 Texas A&M (-33.5) at SMU  A year or two ago this game would have had the makings of being a shootout. The Mustangs don’t have nearly the weapons on offense as they’ve had in the past. However, the Aggies do. Plus, SMU is led by an interim coach. Look for more big numbers from Kenny Hill and company…………………….Texas A&M 59  SMU 14

14 South Carolina (-21.5) at Vanderbilt  Hard to see the Gamecocks having at least some sort of let down. But, even the biggest let down probably won’t be enough for Vandy to pull the upset………………………South Carolina 27  Vandy 10

Troy at 13 Georgia (-41.0)  On the flip side of the South Carolina/Georgia game, are the Bulldogs. Can’t imagine the Dawgs had a good week at all after the heartbreaking loss to the Gamecocks. Looks like the Trojans will have all that frustration let loose against them…………………………………Georgia 48  Troy 6


















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