Alabama @ Kentucky
Is there any doubt that of the top teams in the nation Alabama has been by far the most impressive? Pollsters should take notices. The Crimson Tide travels to Lexington to face a Wildcats team fresh off a beating from Florida. Last year, Kentucky fought Alabama to a close 17-14 loss. They won’t be able to stay nearly that close this year. Alabama has advantages at every position on every side of the ball. The Crimson Tide flexes some muscle in this one. Alabama 34, Kentucky 7.
LSU @ Georgia
How Georgia is 3-1 is probably as amazing to them as anyone because the Bulldogs have been so hard to figure out this year on offense. One game they look good, one game they look mediocre. The defense has been consistently porous all season. LSU has been slow out of the blocks as well with a couple of surprisingly close games against Washington and Mississippi State. If there is an edge it goes to LSU who has more talent on defense though it has underperformed so far. This should be a good one down to the wire. LSU 27, Georgia 21.
Auburn @ Tennessee
Ole Miss @ Vanderbilt
The Rebels were exposed by South Carolina last week and now must pick up the pieces and move forward without the big target on their backs. Vanderbilt’s offense has looked awful in SEC games so far and I suspect this week will be no different. It may be close for a while as the Rebels iron out the kinks and Vanderbilt is always pesky, but in the end Ole Miss will win this game. Ole Miss 26, Vanderbilt 10.
Arkansas @ Texas A&M
This one is very intriguing. Two old rivals from the Southwest Conference days hook up at a neutral site (Dallas Cowboys Stadium) for what should be an entertaining game. Arkansas’s vaunted offense got dismantled last week against Alabama and the defense was virtually non-existent in the second half (again). Texas A&M has rolled to a 3-0 records dispatching some also-ran schools before this game and heading into Big 12 conference play. Honestly, no one knows what Texas A&M has yet as they haven’t played any sort of test. Arkansas on the other hand is about scoring points unless there’s an actual defense on the other side of the ball. The Razorbacks do not have a defense capable of going toe-to-toe with a team for four quarters. Mike Sherman’s rebuild project gets a nice win over an SEC team this week. Texas A&M 28, Arkansas 24.
South Carolina vs. South Carolina State
South Carolina comes off of an emotional win over Ole Miss last Thursday – the first time the Gamecocks beat a top five opponent (though many question whether Ole Miss was really a top five team at all). They get this last tune up before heading into a tough SEC schedule. SC State is no slouch but they won’t have the bodies to hang in this one to the end. South Carolina 30, SC State 12.