Arkansas (4-5) @ South Carolina (7-2)
South Carolina had a week to figure out what to do without RB Marcus Lattimore. Arkansas figured out something about defense holding scoring machine Tulsa to 15 last week. This will be closer than it probably should be, but South Carolina holds a decisive edge with the defensive line which should be able to pressure Arkansas into mistakes. QB Connor Shaw needs to step up and take advantage of those opportunities. If he does, the Gamecocks strut away with the win.
South Carolina 30, Arkansas 20
Vanderbilt (5-4) @ Ole Miss (5-4)
The biggest difference in these two perennial also-got-ran-overs is Vanderbilt has a ball-hawking defense and Ole Miss is known to give the other team a couple extra chances with the ball. That’s a recipe for disaster for the Rebels this weekend as a hungry, more focused Commodores team rolls in and finds a way to get the win.
Vanderbilt 17, Ole Miss 14
Missouri (4-5) @ Tennessee (4-5)
Neither team is good on defense. Both like to play fast on offense. I am looking for another shootout and in that case I’m going with Mizzou because I just don’t see how Tennessee is going to be able to get up for another one of those this week. I might be wrong but I think the wheels have come off in Rocky Top.
Missouri 40, Tennessee 37
Louisiana-Lafayette (5-3) @ Florida (8-1)
Louisiana-Lafayette is no pushover but it does not have the depth along the lines to keep this close for more than one quarter or so. Florida should roll up a big win but missing out on the SEC championship game is going to eat at it for a long time. What might have been?
Florida 31, ULL 13