The SEC East race looks like Florida’s to lose, as they have a big game this week while other teams continue to stake claims for the college football postseason.
My picks record for the season is 55-8.
South Carolina (6-1) @ Florida (6-0)
South Carolina’s glass ball shattered in the waning moments of the LSU game last Saturday and now like East foes Georgia, the Gamecocks can ill-afford to drop another conference game if they hope to make a run at the championship game in December or anything of significance beyond. Florida looked bored most of the night with Vanderbilt before finally finishing them off and the Gators are poised to take another step towards wrapping up the division. The formula for Florida is the same as it was against LSU: stifle the run game and make the QB beat you. While SCar’s Connor Shaw is better than LSU’s Mettenberger, he can be contained as evidenced last weekend. Expect the Gators to use a heavy dose of the run game to wear out the Gamecocks defense and pull out a close game.
Florida 21, South Carolina 17
LSU (6-1) @ Texas A&M (5-1)
Texas A&M’s offense is as explosive as you’ll find in the SEC this year led by QB phenom Johnny Manziel. Sadly, the Aggies defense has given up a lot of points over the course of the year. However, they don’t give up yards on the ground nearly as often as they do through the air. That spells trouble for LSU; a team without an identifiable passing threat. This is the third week in a row that defense will be called upon to called the load against a powerful offense and at some point that dam is going to break. I’m calling for that break to be this week. Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies get a big signature win in the inaugural season and LSU’s championship hopes are dashed completely by the end of the week.
Texas A&M 21, LSU 13
Alabama (6-0) @ Tennessee (3-3)
Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide have still yet to play that complete game though last week’s battle against Missouri was certainly headed that way until lightning delayed the game and threw both teams into disorganization. Alabama’s biggest concerns now are mounting injuries and a second straight long road trip.