Right, College Gameday’s going to Tennessee (again) to show ‘dem Volunteers (again) play the University of Florida (for the first time) at Neyland Stadium (for the first time this year).
Everyone’s going to be amped….apart from those who have to watch it on TV, who are going to have to watch an ad break masking as a SEC 3.30pm College Football Game.
Seriously though, here are your biggest games of the Week in order of appeal/importance. And yes, we know that Alabama fans are going to care more about eating Kent State alive than they are about Florida vs Tennessee, but it’s interesting for the rest of us. So there you go….
- Florida at Tennessee (3.30pm)
Florida’s got enough defensive weapons to close down Tennessee, but will they have the quarterback to punish the Vols? Austin Appleby’s not making us wildly excited. Then again, Tennessee hasn’t pretty much sleepwalked through 3-0. This game will be loud, will be orange, and will be very, very ugly. The winner probably punches their ticket to the Atlanta. That’s because Georgia ain’t good.
BOLD PREDICTION: Tennessee’s a 6-1/2 point favorite. We like Tennessee to FINALLY chomp the Gators. By a field goal.
2. Texas A&M vs Arkansas (9pm ET)
The great thing about the last two times these two teams have got together in JerryWorld is that they’ve gone to overtime. Arkansas has lost both times, which hasn’t done them favors in the SEC West race. Texas A&M has been more impressive this season on defense, while Arkansas got it together slightly on the other side of the ball last week. But then for the Aggies, Trevor Knight might not be that great, but his wide receivers really, really are. And that guy Myles Garrett on the defense isn’t too bad either. SEE WHY THIS IS DRIVING ME CRAZY? This is a head-scratcher, and karma-borderline-erotic. If Arkansas loses their third game in a row at JerryWorld, Jerry Jones’ face might melt off.
BOLD PREDICTION: Texas A&M’s a 5-1/2 point favorite. We’ll take A&M by a touchdown. Probably in overtime.
3. Georgia at Ole Miss (12pm ET)
It’s sad to see two programs who played two of the funnest games in Week 3 get sent to The Grove for a 12pm kick-off. The good news for my buddies is that the tailgate will have to go on AFTER the game (or start really, really, really, really, really, really, really, early), but the bad news is is that they might have to be relatively sober to watch Ole Miss destroy Georgia’s line. It should be interesting to see if Ole Miss stops Isaiah McKenzie, though….no-one else has.
BOLD PREDICTION: Ole Miss is a 7-point favorite. I’m taking Ole Miss by 10.
4. LSU at Auburn (6pm ET)
If any of you think that this game’s going to be fun, think again. Make sure you drink a hell of a lot before watching this one. I wouldn’t recommend the kind of moonshine that makes you blind before watching, but it might help.
BOLD PREDICTION: LSU’s a 10-point favorite. LSU will win by 6. And it could be 9-3.
5. Vanderbilt at Western Kentucky (4.30 pm)
We don’t normally see a SEC team as an underdog in a non-Power 5 match-up, but the Commodores are today. Nicholas Norris and Taywan Taylor could cause Vanderbilt’s secondary fits, yo. If WKU can stop running back Ralph Webb, they’ll be laughing.
BOLD PREDICTION: Western Kentucky’s an 8-point favorite. OK, we’ll go WKU by 10.
6. South Carolina at Kentucky (7.30pm ET)
This isn’t going to be pleasant to watch on a defensive point of view, but Kentucky’s offense could be secretly decent. It’ll have to be, because the defense let New Mexico State score 40 on them. South Carolina? Every game Will Muschamp’s team has played as made you want to poke your eyes out.
BOLD PREDICTION: Kentucky to win by 7 in a close, relatively-entertaining game. If you love second-tier SEC football players.
7. Mississippi State at UMass (3.30pm)
Mississippi State could have won at LSU, but then again, they could – and maybe should – have been destroyed. Still, the defense created some turnovers. UMass battled Florida for a half before the Gators made some adjustments. But with the crowd behind them – and bearing in mind what happened with South Alabama – this could be interesting.
BOLD PREDICTION: Mississippi State’s a 22-point favorite. We’re going to take MSU, but only by 17.
8. Kent State at Alabama (12pm)
Why do you need a preview?
BOLD PREDICTION: Alabama wins this one, and they win by 50. They win by that amount because Lane Kiffin’s fed up with Nick Saban’s ****.
9. Delaware State at Missouri
Missouri had a heartbreaker last week, but we predict the offense gets going and crushed the Dellies. Or whatever their name is.
BOLD PREDICTION: Missouri by 50.